Best guess I have is that Moffitt is still not 100% after assorted injuries and rehab and loss of time and fitness, maybe Moffitt's 85-90%, and Sweezy is healthy and simply out-working Moffitt. Recall Moffitt is still coming back from MCL knee surgery, and then had his elbow torn up earlier this season. Sweezy may already be a better run-blocker. Obviously the coaches think Sweezy gives the team as good or better chance to win, and if it's a wash, they'd rather get the young guy the experience. So now Sweezy at 100% is even with or better than Moffitt at 90%. Sweezy had a nice game against the Niners last week. I noticed on one of Lynch's longer runs today, Sweezy was hustling his ass down the field, and was in position to make a springing block if the play went a little differently. It was, "Wow, there's an OL downfield on that play??!! Sweezy!!"
It does seem like Moffitt is a better pass blocker, or for sure, is better at the reads and reactions needed as part of the OL unit. But the coaches' call is Sweezy... "Always Compete", and Sweezy wins. Isn't it great to have OL depth??!!
I tend to doubt that Moffitt is in any doghouse. I wouldn't be surprised if the team is also wanting to save wear and tear on him to have him closer to 100% if he's needed due to other injuries.
The NFC West blog said this: 'Moffitt, a former starter, is inactive for a second consecutive week. The team has decided it's better off with rookie seventh-round choice J.R. Sweezy in the lineup at right guard. Sweezy started in Week 1 and again against San Francisco last week."
There are other OL in the mix who could also step in, though if Sweezy got injured, I'm not sure who would step in. Omiyale? Wasn't McQuistan already playing the other guard spot?
Has anyone noticed if Sweezy plays on special teams much, and if he's effective there?
It will be interesting to see if Moffitt is activated for the Redskins playoff game. My bet is YES.
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