He’s caught 488 passes for 6,726 yards and 37 touchdowns in his seven-year career with the Washington Redskins, but some believe veteran receiver Santana Moss could still slip under the radar and have a big year in 2012.
Moss, 33, came into the offseason program this year 15 pounds lighter and focused on getting past the 2011 season, which saw him produce his fewest number of receptions (46) and receiving yards (584) since arriving in Washington in 2005, the same season he was selected to the Pro Bowl after having 84 receptions for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns.
ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano — in a post for the site’s “Hidden Treasures Week” — is also on the Moss bandwagon.
Here’s what Graziano had to say about Moss’ chances in 2012:
“Now (the Redskins) went out and signed two young free agent wide receivers in Pierre Garçon and Josh Morgan. But Moss is a guy they think can help. The Redskins’ coaches called him in the offseason and said, ‘Look, that wasn’t you out there last year. If you want to be on this team, you’re going to have to lose some weight, get back in shape, get a little better focused.’ He got the message. He’s lost 15 pounds and he’s been a star in the offseason program. So, at age 33, don’t be surprised if Santana Moss leads that Washington Redskins’ wide receiving corps in catches this year.”
Of the other NFC East teams, Graziano also saw these players are possible “hidden treasures:”
Dallas Cowboys: Defensive end Jason Hatcher
New York Giants: Linebackers Mark Herzlich or Jacquian Williams
Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Nate Allen
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