Sunday, December 26, 2010, 6:34 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. For the first 1 12 quarters Sunday against the Jaguars, Redskins receiver Santana Moss thought it might be one of those games where he did more route-running than pass-catching and reaching the 1,000-yard plateau would have to wait a week.
At one point, I thought I wasnt going to get any catches, he said.
This from a guy who had been blanked only once in the last 41 games.
But the Jaguars were using double coverage to limit Moss touches, particularly down field and accounting for the quick passes from Rex Grossman that worked well last week in Dallas.
Even though the Redskins were up 10-0, Moss wasnt yet involved.
I had nowhere to go, I had a guy on me, a guy behind me; at one point, he said. I was in that phase of telling myself, Be calm.
That attitude paid off starting with five minutes left in the second quarter. From then on, Moss caught five passes for a team-high 85 yards, allowing him to reach the century mark for the fourth time in his career and tie his career season-high record of 84 catches.
Barring injury, Moss will break his receptions mark next week against the Giants; he currently stands 1,041 yards and would need a game of a lifetime to reach his career-best of 1,483 yards, set in 2005 (his first year with the Redskins).
Moss achieved his third 1,000-yard season with the Redskins and his second 80-plus catch year. (See chart below).
Its pretty cool, he said after the Redskins 20-17 overtime win over Jacksonville. You play this game and if you dont get certain things, they wont recognize you. To get some of the things Ive gotten I just feel good about it.
Moss has been one of the few models of consistency on a Redskins offense on their second quarterback, have started three tailbacks and shuffled their offensive line throughout the first half of the year and did again this week when Jammal Brown falling ill.
Moss has been shut out in just one game (Week 4 at Philadelphia), has staved off injuries to play every week, been a regular practice participant, has three 100-yard games and five or more catches in all but three games.
Accomplishing 84 catches again and 1,000 yards again, its something every receiver wants to do, he said. As long as I put good work in every year and do my best to give the team a chance to win, Im satisfied.
Moss gave the Redskins a chance to win by helping mightily during a 14-play second-half scoring drive that lasted 7 minutes, 50 seconds. He caught a 12-yard pass on third-and-11 and a 14-yard pass on third-and-3 to keep the drive alive.
In two games with Grossman as the quarterback, Moss has five catches for 41 yards on third down, including three conversions and a touchdown.
Theres no secret that Santana is our third down receiver that he can beat man coverage and separate, Grossman said.
The Redskins were 4-of-15 on third down but Moss took advantage when the Redskins needed him the most, in the second half of a tie game.
The last Redskins receiver besides Moss to reach 1,000 yards was Laveranues Coles (1,204 yards) eight years ago.
REACHING CENTURY MARK
With his 85 receiving yards in the Redskins overtime win over Jacksonville Sunday, Santana Moss reached 1,000 yards in a season for the fourth time. He also tied his career high for catches in a year with 84. A look at his 1,000-yard seasons:
Year Team No. Yards TD
2003 Jets 74 1,105 10
2005 Redskins 84 1,483 9
2008 Redskins 79 1,044 6
2010 Redskins 84 1,041 6
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