SNIDER: Redskins need an angry Moss


Don't make the Moss family angry. You won't like them when they're angry because they don't get mad, they get even.

The Redskins picked up a son of a blue-chipper in LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss. A discovered broken foot during the NFL Combine caused the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss to go undrafted. Given Moss has now suffered breaks in both feet, teams were a little skittish to select him.

But the name brings expectations, so the Redskins gained him by being first to call. And, they're getting not another playmaking receiver like his father, but more of a run-blocking tight end, despite 47 receptions in LSU's national championship campaign. Jeremy Sprinkle already fulfills that role, but NFL teams like signing sons of great players hoping something in the DNA will blossom.

Yet, Moss dismissed his surname providing any help once training camp begins. It's a tiresome conversation piece he has managed to turn into proper motivation.

"I've always had a target on my back, my whole life growing up," Moss said. "So, I've kind of just grown accustomed to it and you know, you kind of use it as fuel, and look forward to it.

"There's nothing additional that it can do for me, which is exactly how I would have it anyways. I wouldn't want my last name to do anything for me, I would rather work for everything for me, and not be given anything."

That is the perfect answer.

Moss is not a sure-thing to make the roster. His college resume is six catches at N.C. State in 2016 before missing one year as a transfer to LSU, and then another season injured. Last year's solid season comes partly from riding an offense behind quarterback Joe Burrow.

While Moss was offended over not being drafted while kickers and punters went in the late rounds, he can't focus on redemption. That's wasted energy. Moss needs to simply show why the Redskins should keep him.

"I mean first off, I'm not going about this trying to prove teams wrong. Just proving myself right," he said. "I'm not going out there with a vengeance, trying to prove people wrong. I'm just trying to go out there and be the best football player that I can be, be the best teammate that I can be, you know, and like I said, just prove myself right."

With only virtual offseason classroom sessions, rookie free agents like Moss have a big disadvantage making the roster this season. But, the delay actually works to Moss' favor since recovering from a foot surgery would have sidelined him during OTAs and minicamp. He should be ready for training camp.

"Once I get healthy, get back out there on the football field and put them pads on, everybody will be able to see what I can do," he said. "I look forward to getting out there and making a name for myself. You know and, just working for everything."

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks