ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Santana Moss credits his offseason workout routine and a passing camp with Robert Griffin III for the success he’s had through seven games this year.
Moss caught two touchdown passes, including the near game winner, from Griffin in the Washington Redskins’ heartbreaking loss Sunday to the New York Giants.
The strong showing against their NFC East rival has earned the veteran wide receiver the 4th & Pain Championship for Week 7. An authentic WWE Title is presented each week to the most deserving player by injured Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and I as part of our weekly radio show of the same name.
Griffin is the 12th quarterback Moss has played for since entering the NFL in 2001 with the New York Jets. He may also be the quarterback that has kept him most on his toes in his 12 seasons.
“You have to be prepared for anything when it comes to him,” Moss said on the show. “He can take off and run when he needs to and he’s actually always looking to pass the ball. That’s rare for a guy who can do what he can do with the ball in his hands.”
And the 33-year-old has been alert. He’s already matched his touchdown total from a season ago (4) where he missed four games due to injury.
He’s been on the receiving end of three Griffin touchdown passes and one from Kirk Cousins, who is the 13th man to quarterback a team with Moss on the field.
Their chemistry began developing during the offseason when Moss organized a passing camp for Griffin and Redskins receivers in Waco, Texas. Moss opted to have the team travel to their new quarterback’s native state so he would feel more comfortable.
“I felt it was best to let him be the comfortable one and let us follow,” Moss said. “A lot of us didn’t really want to go there. I know Pierre (Garcon) wanted to come to Miami — that’s where me and Pierre are based at.”
But traveling paid dividends that are continuing to benefit Griffin. Perhaps it was because they got an inside look at their new leader.
“I’m kind of glad we did go to Waco because we got a chance to experience how Robert has been preparing himself these past four years in college and just to see what he’s about,” Moss said.
Carriker was quick to point out there isn’t much going on in that town outside of football. Moss agreed. But it sounds like that also worked out in everyone’s favor.
As for the title belt? Moss says he’s going to take it home and let his kids check it out before proudly displaying it in his locker for the week.
4th & Pain airs weekdays on 4thAndPain.com as well as Sunday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.