Santana Moss adjusting to new role

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Santana Moss led the Redskins in receiving yards for six consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2010 and has long been one of the team’s primary targets. But in Sunday’s comeback win against the Buccaneers, he played just 35 of 73 snaps and recorded three catches for 33 yards.

The 33-year-old veteran spoke at length Monday about his new role in the Redskins’ offense. After being the guy for so many years, he’s now justone of the guys, another complementary pass-catcher among Robinson, Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson. Moss‘ statistics have dwindled across the board, but that doesn’t mean he’s changed as a player.

“When I play football, I play football,” he said. “I don’t just look at making catches as being a football player. My job is to go out there and block, my job is to go out there and clear out sometimes, my job is to go out there and catch some balls when they come my way. Thus far I’ve been handling it well.”

It’s not uncommon for speedy receivers to adopt new roles as they age, and Moss has accepted that. He said his role now is similar to what it was in high school, where he had to make the most of few opportunities. That, and the number of players his age that are no longer playing, gave Moss perspective.

“I see a lot of guys that came in with me, a lot of guys that did it before me that can’t compete at this level right now and that’s not here at this level right now,” he said. “The thing I like about [my role] the most is that it’s not something I can sit and hang my hat on. I know if they need me to play outside, I can go out there and beat guys any day.”

Moss has caught 60-plus balls in five of his seven seasons in Washington but has only 10 receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown so far this year. He’s on pace for his worst season, statistically, since 2002.

But if fewer catches translate into more wins, Moss is on board.

“Like I said before, the pride ain’t nothing. I’m very prideful, but my teammates know who I am and what I can do and my coaches know who I am and what I can do,” he said. “Can’t let pride get into the way when it comes to what you’re trying to accomplish.”

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