Jimmy Moreland shines in Redskins practice with three interceptions

Chris Lingebach
May 30, 2019 - 7:15 am
Jimmy Moreland shines in Redskins practice with three interceptions

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Redskins seventh-round pick Jimmy Moreland was all over the ball on a steaming day in Ashburn for OTAs on Wednesday.

The defensive back out of James Madison and self-described "pick machine" intercepted three balls on the day, turning heads on the defensive staff with his electric performance.

"Jimmy Moreland had a hat trick today, so he had three interceptions, which I'd never seen in my career, actually, in practice," said defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after practice. "That was great for him."

Moreland stole another one from rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the offense was working in the red zone near the end of practice, taking this one nearly 80 yards to the house.

"Just doing my job," Moreland said after practice, his adrenaline still pumping. "I know what I'm capable of doing. I know I can bring energy up. I can get the guys laughing and things like that, and I also can make a lot of good plays. So just staying focused and just being in the film room helps a lot."

Moreland played quarterback in high school, but converted to corner upon his arrival at JMU at the behest of his defensive coordinator. His familiarity of both sides of the ball gives him a better perspective on defense.

"It lets me know how the quarterback reads," Moreland said. "When we're playing in zone coverage, I've always got my eyes back on the quarterback. I've got a great vision. I've got a good perimeter on my vision. Now I'm just trying to make the best of my defense."

106.7 The Fan's Craig Hoffman has him as a "lock" to make the 53-man roster.

Asked to confirm how many interceptions he hauled in at practice, Moreland smiled: "Three. Hat trick."

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