Morgan Moses’ weight loss is good news for the Washington Football Team
Morgan Moses has slimmed down a bit this offseason. That’s excellent news for the Washington Football Team.
On August 7, Morgan Moses held a press conference during the Washington Football Team’s training camp. Moses talked about the upcoming season, his competition on the offensive line, and a very important fact about his preparation in the lead up to camp.
But not too much was made of Moses’ press conference. Why? Because just hours after it happened, Washington released running back Derrius Guice. So, that dominated the spotlight.
That said, Moses had a particularly important revelation about his playing weight for the upcoming season. According to Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic, Moses has dropped 13 pounds ahead of the season and tipped the scales at 317 pounds at the beginning of training camp.
That type of weight loss is significant. And for Moses and Washington, it should be a good thing and it should give him an opportunity to improve his play in 2020.
Over the past two seasons, Moses has regressed at the right tackle position. There were some who thought he should be replaced during the offseason, but Washington had too many holes to move on from Moses. And he was a solid starter at tackle just a few years back, so if he can regain that form, he’ll help keep Dwayne Haskins clean in the pocket.
Moses’ biggest issue during the past two seasons has been penalties. He averaged a ridiculous 13 penalties per season in 2018 and 2019 and simply didn’t look comfortable moving around. Part of the issue was that he was playing through nagging injuries, but slimming down should help Moses avoid those maladies.
By dropping 13 pounds, Moses will still retain strength on his 6-foot-6 frame, but he’ll be much lighter on his feet. That will allow him to avoid injuries and get out of his stance quicker to combat some of the league’s better pass rushers. With more quickness, he should have a chance to avoid penalties and become a strong starting tackle again.
There’s no guarantee that Moses will stop his regression, but he’s just 29 years old and dropping the weight should help him a lot. His performance in Week 1 against the Eagles will bear watching as his performance will be key to the overall success of the offensive line in 2020.