Washington Redskins: Santana Moss Is Exactly What RG3 Needs in 2012

Greg Maiola@Gom1094Senior Analyst IIMay 10, 2012

Santana Moss
Santana Moss

Santana Moss will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2012. Though he appeared to be disappointing, under-productive and frustrated last season, he is primed for much greater success come September.

The Washington Redskins made a major investment into rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. His offensive weapons were also upgraded this offseason. Guys like Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan were brought in to give Griffin the tools to be successful.

But Moss has been in Washington since 2005. And although he wasn't brilliant last year, he has proved his worth. And with his veteran experience and hunger for greatness, Moss could play a vital role in Washington's offense this season.

While on paper Moss is guaranteed a roster spot, he still has a lot to offer to the game. He has lost 15 pounds this offseason and has improved his conditioning. He is in great shape and wants to prove his worth. He may feel a bit disrespected and should have a chip on his shoulder.

As recently as 2010, Moss was one of the best receivers in the league. He had 93 receptions and over 1,100 yards that season. Though there are rumors that Moss might be the odd man out in 2012, he is exactly what Griffin needs as a rookie.

Garcon had some great games as a Colt. But look at all of the receivers Peyton Manning has made look above average. Garcon had his best season last year and bolted at the chance to play for more money than he's worth.

Some guy named Albert Haynesworth took a major deal in Washington and things never exactly worked out. Garcon might be a one-year wonder. He might be overvalued and overrated. Or he could be the real deal. Only time will tell.

Morgan didn't have a great season last year. He played in five games and had 15 catches for 220 yards and a score. His best season saw him catch 44 passes for 698 yards and two touchdowns.

Though he has some upside, he hasn't exactly proved that he is a star receiver. Morgan is decent, there's no debating that, but has he proved he is worth a $12 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed?

So Garcon has proved to be a good receiver. That's great. But he's not a great receiver at this point. Morgan has yet to catch over three touchdowns in a season in his four-year career. But Moss has had five seasons with 70+ catches and four seasons with 1,000 yards.

Moss is the only true proven receiver on the Redskins. He has been consistent throughout his career and is a fan favorite. He brings leadership and experience. He has been a team captain. He is inspired to make the team and make an impact.

With the hard work he has put in this offseason, he could be ready to emerge as a valuable weapon for Griffin. Moss will work for the ball and make plays after the catch. He has good hands and can teach Griffin a thing or two.

So if the Redskins do decide to part ways with Santana Moss, it will be a shame. He has a lot to offer and has had success in the NFL. He is less of a risk than Garcon and Morgan and deserves to help Washington with their 2012 playoff push.