DeJon Gomes Doesn’t View Kareem Moore’s Release As Vote Of Confidence
ASHBURN – Rookie safety DeJon Gomes doesn’t believe the Washington Redskins releasing Kareem Moore has any influence on his standing with the team.
“I don’t really look at it like that too much,” Gomes said. “Decisions have to be made, and all I could do is go out there and play football and do what I’m coached [to do]. But Kareem was a good guy. He taught me a lot when I was here, along with a lot of other safeties. I was sad to see him go, but I’m sure he’ll bounce back strong.”
Moore was released on Tuesday after spending the first 10 weeks of the season, plus all of the preseason, on the physically-unable-to-perform list after undergoing offseason surgery on his left knee.
Gomes, a fifth-round draft choice out of Nebraska, has played in all but one game for the Redskins this season, though only against Carolina did he see time as a safety. He said he believes he’s adjusted well, but it’s the technicalities of the position – learning where to look before the snap, for example – that he’s trying to perfect.
The 6-foot, 208-pounder played all over the defensive backfield in Nebraska. With the Redskins, he’s being asked to play both safety positions.
LaRon Landry was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, resting a sore Achilles’ tendon, and Gomes filled in for him at strong safety. Oshiomogho Atogwe, the starting free safety, has missed three of the last four games and was replaced by Reed Doughty. Atogwe, limited by knee and toe injuries, was a full participant in practice all week.
“To be honest, coming into the season, I didn’t know what would happen, so I didn’t really have too many expectations but to go out and practice and get better every day,” Gomes said. “As long as I’m doing that, I’m happy with myself.”