Four games into his 14th NFL season, Redskins WR Santana Moss has yet to play in a regular-season game under first-year Coach Jay Gruden, who has made him inactive for each contest.
But Gruden said he expects that to change going forward, although he didn’t spell out a circumstance or scenario for activating Moss. “He’s very close right now,” Gruden said of Moss, 35, whom he singled out for praise more than once during training camp.
As it stands, the story went on to say, Moss is caught in a numbers game through no fault of his own, the coach explained. It starts with the issue of raw speed. It’s a quality Gruden prizes in wide receivers, and three-time Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson has it, timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash. With Jackson ailing since Week 2 with a left shoulder sprain, Gruden has chosen to keep fourth-year wide receiver Aldrick Robinson active as insurance, in case Jackson needs a break. Ryan Grant is also a factor in things. Even if Moss plays, he likely isn't going to be a safe fantasy option given the other WRs.