Santana Moss WR WAS Jun 21 '12

After talking with Redskins coaches, ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano believes Santana Moss still "retains a chance" to be the team's No. 1 receiver in 2012.

After widespread post-free agency speculation that Moss' roster spot was no longer secure, Graziano originally believed the veteran would be limited to slot duties. Upon hearing from from coaches, he came away with the impression that Moss is projected as the starter opposite Pierre Garcon. With a late 10th-round ADP, Moss is shaping up as one the draft's biggest bargains this summer.

Santana Moss WR WAS Jun 15 '12

Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan noted that Santana Moss entered offseason practices "possessed" this year.

The coaching staff challenged Moss to play at a lighter weight to regain explosiveness and quickness, and Moss responded by streamlining his body and lighting up OTAs. Pierre Garcon may be the chic fantasy pick among Redskins receivers, but Moss is shaping up as the best value.

Santana Moss WR WAS Jun 13 '124 Comments

Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan referred to Santana Moss as one of the NFL's "premier slot receivers" after Wednesday's minicamp practice.

If Shanahan's comment didn't already, the Washington Examiner's John Keim confirms Moss' roster spot is safe. Moss took his offseason conditioning seriously, reported in tip-top shape after a 15-pound weight loss, and is running as a starter in pre-camp workouts. He'll likely be the Skins' third receiver this year.

Santana Moss WR WAS May 30 '121 Comment

Santana Moss "flashed" during last week's full-squad drills, "consistently getting separation over the middle on short and intermediate routes," according to the Washington Times.

Beat writer Rich Campbell notes that Moss looked like "the Santana of old with his quick-burst movements." Campbell adds the caveat that it was only practice, but Moss is starting to look like not only a good bet to make the final roster but to start over Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan opposite Pierre Garcon.

Santana Moss WR WAS May 20 '121 Comment

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler expects both Santana Moss and Chris Cooley to make the Redskins' 53-man roster.

Tandler lists both on the roster bubble, but thinks their veteran presence will be key in Robert Griffin III's development. Moss is set to make $2.65 million and is fourth on the wide receiver depth chart. Cooley is due $3.8 million and has lost his starting job to Fred Davis. Moss is the better bet of the two to stick, but Washington's cap situation is very tight, so it wouldn't be shocking to see both players moving on.

Santana Moss WR WAS May 06 '12

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Santana Moss is in "excellent shape" and 15 pounds lighter.

Moss' roster spot was expected to be in jeopardy after the team added Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon to the mix. Things are looking up now, however, after Moss reported in good shape in addition to the team cutting Jabar Gaffney. Moss is expected to compete for reps with Leonard Hankerson and Josh Morgan behind Pierre Garcon.

Santana Moss WR WAS May 02 '121 Comment

John Keim of the Washington Examiner suspects that Santana Moss' role and roster spot may depend on his conditioning entering camp.

"The key for Moss is to have a really good offseason," Keim said. "They weren't pleased with him last year. ... He wasn't in the best shape of his career, I'll say that." Moss is expected to be no more than the Redskins' No. 3/slot receiver, leaving him off the 2012 fantasy draft radar behind Pierre Garcon and Leonard Hankerson. Moss could also be released in late August.

Santana Moss WR WAS Mar 14 '12

The Washington Times suggests Santana Moss will have a "difficult" time fitting onto the Redskins after Wednesday's acquisitions of Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon, and flirtations with free agent Eddie Royal.

Beat writer Rich Campbell also notes that the Redskins would save $2.83 million under the salary cap if they released Moss and designated him as a post-June 1 cut. Moss no longer appears to have a spot in Washington's three-receiver sets, and he doesn't contribute on special teams. (Same goes for Jabar Gaffney.) Don't look for Moss to be on the Redskins' roster in 2012.

Santana Moss WR WAS Jan 27 '12

The Washington Post suggests that Santana Moss lacks "the quickness and explosiveness to get open consistently" going on age 33.

Moss returned from hand surgery in Week 12 of the 2011 regular season and failed to clear 50 yards in all but one of the final six games. OC Kyle Shanahan confirmed that the Skins will eyeball playmaking wideouts this offseason. "We do need to make more plays," Mike's son said. "The one thing that hurt us the most was every touchdown pass we made was caught in the end zone. There wasn't one that was caught outside the end zone and ran in until Week 16 when (RB Roy) Helu caught that screen versus Philly."

Santana Moss WR WAS Jan 01 '12

Santana Moss was held to three catches for 45 yards in Week 17 against the Eagles.

His regular season ends with 46 catches for 584 yards and four touchdowns. Moss doesn't have much left in his tank, but is under contract with the Redskins through 2013.