Moses is confident in entire QB room, has been in Haskins' shoes originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Morgan Moses has protected a lot of quarterbacks during his time in the nation's capital. After playing with Kirk Cousins for the first few years of his career, Moses has seen a different passer lead the team in each of the past four seasons, including Cousins, Alex Smith, Case Keenum and Dwayne Haskins. Colt McCoy, Kyle Allen, Josh Johnson and even Mark Sanchez have made starts just in the past three seasons.
So what Washington is going through in 2020, already on its third starting quarterback of the season, is nothing new for the team's right tackle. What is new for Moses is the confidence he has in the team's depth at the position.
"It actually feels different, because the one thing that I’ve always said going into this year is that we had three quarterbacks that could be Day One starters," Moses told NBC Sports Washington on the latest episode of the Washington Talk Podcast. "Obviously Dwayne [Haskins] trending as a younger player, Alex [Smith], the vet that’s coming off the injuries, and Kyle [Allen], who’s been in the system for three years in Carolina. So the opportunity with any of those quarterbacks, you can win with. So I felt really good about going into the season, having three capable starting quarterbacks to play."
With Allen on Injured Reserve for the rest of the 2020 season, the quarterback room is down to Smith and Haskins. It's a step up for Haskins compared to the last month when he wasn't on the active roster, but a step down from his spot as the starter to begin the year.
Moses has started every game in Washington since the beginning of the 2015 season, but as a rookie in 2014, he also struggled to earn his playing time on the field.
Using that experience, the veteran right tackle has tried to serve a mentorship role for Haskins.
"I know what it’s like to be in Dwayne’s shoes. I thought I was there my rookie year when I thought I was the best tackle on the right side, and I didn’t get the opportunity to play much. And so I understand where he is," Moses said. "And obviously I’ve grown a lot mentally since my rookie year or my second year in the league, so I just try to be that person that’s like ‘Hey, Dwayne, it’s not over, bro. You’ve got a lot of football to play, at the age of 23, 24 years old.’ But just getting him to realize that even though you’re not the starter, you cannot give them a reason to make any more judgments. Come in every day with the mindset that you’re going to rip that defense apart cause we have a great defense, and that you’re going to come and compete every day, and then look at it man, the guy’s back at number 2 quarterback already."
For Moses, no NFL player is fully out of the picture. With the physical nature of the sport, starting spots open up all the time. The key is being prepared when they do.
"Opportunity is always there, man," Moses said. "You never know when it’s going to knock on your door. It’s about if you’re going to be ready to receive it or not."