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Santana Moss Will Likely Get Signed; His Stats in the Slot Back Up Reasoning

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I seriously can't remember a single time Santana Moss was in the middle of the field during the Zorn era.
I seriously can't remember a single time Santana Moss was in the middle of the field during the Zorn era.

Rich Tandler caught Tana's interview with ESPN980 yesterday (his 32nd birthday), and Santana Moss had this to say:

"That's the only thing I can think of (returning)," Moss said. "I'm a Redskin...I did speak with Snyder at the end of the season, and he said he wanted to get something done."

I'm sure Deadspin and JimmyK will run with this that Snyder is still making football operations, but being fans, how can anyone not ask Bruce what their intentions are with Moss. ProFootballFocus, my savior in these lockout times, just posted their stats on slot WRs:

  • Of Moss' 93 receptions last season, 43 were in the slot. 
  • Of Moss' 1115 yards, 236 were slot Yards After the Catch.
  • Moss was not in the top 15 WRs for slot snaps or % of snaps in the slot, yet he ranked 11th with 486 total slot yards. (Obviously, Shanahan likes to moves his WRs around for mismatches)
  • 7.79 - Average number of yards Moss was targeted on throws.

Based on last year, we saw that young WRs need time to develop (Terrence Austin and Brandon Banks). With OTAs all but gone, it's clear the Redskins need to have a WR that can play from Day 1. The fact Santana is eager to come back is more baffling than it is exciting since the Redskins are still a couple years off from being playoff contenders. Either way, Moss needs to come back if we plan on having any type of passing attack the first 6 weeks.