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Alfred Morris | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 224
College: Florida Atlantic
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Alfred Morris rushed for 29 yards on six carries in Washington's third preseason game Saturday night.
The Redskins struggled to get anything going against Baltimore's first team defense, but Morris looked good in limited work. He had only one carry inside the 10-yard line. Morris has 85 yards on 22 carries through three exhibition games. He's unlikely to play in Washington's preseason finale. Aug 23 - 10:13 PM

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Alfred Morris rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries in the Redskins' second preseason game against the Browns on Monday night.

Morris had a rough night outside of a long run of 11 yards. He was stuffed at the goal line on four consecutive carries, turning the ball over on downs. Prior to that, Morris showed off his questionable hands by dropping a simple toss from Robert Griffin III, and the Browns recovered the fumble. Through two preseason games, Morris has rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries (3.5 YPC).
Aug 18 - 9:13 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim is skeptical Alfred Morris will even catch 20-25 passes this season.

Morris' teammates have talked his alleged improvements in the pass game, but we've seen no evidence it's a reality. He's going to stick to his two-down role, which will also include goal-line work. Roy Helu is entrenched as the passing-down back with rookie Lache Seastrunk failing to make up ground.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 11:40 PM

Speaking Thursday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden praised Alfred Morris, calling him "Steady Eddie" for his practice habits.

"Just about everything about him is an impressive to me — the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices," Gruden said. Meanwhile, FB Darrel Young praised Morris' improvement as a pass catcher. "He’s catching everything," Young said. "He’s on a hot streak right now, running his routes, doing the little things better." Although we still don't expect a meaningful role for Morris in passing situations, it's clear Gruden and Co. aren't going to shy away from him on early downs. Morris could prove to be a high-end RB2 at a bargain.
Aug 14 - 2:54 PM

Alfred Morris has been "working on his receiving skills," and catching extra passes before each practice.

Morris has been working 1-on-1 with RBs coach Randy Jordan, but from the sound of things, is still quite raw. No matter how much work he puts in, it's hard to expect much pass-catching improvement from a player who has only 20 grabs through 32 career games.
Aug 12 - 9:36 PM

The Washington Times expects the Redskins to "tilt away" from the zone-blocking scheme and incorporate more power concepts under new coach Jay Gruden.

Gruden's background is indeed in power running, and Washington's obvious offseason effort to get bigger in the trenches suggests the Shanahans' system will be gradually scrapped. It's something of a concern for Alfred Morris, who also offers very little in the passing game. We like Morris to stay in the 270-carry range this season, but clearing 300 like he did as a rookie is unrealistic with more emphasis on the pass. His YPC average could also take a hit.
Jul 23 - 10:46 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes RB Alfred Morris "will still be a factor" in new coach Jay Gruden's offense.

The switch from run-focused OC Kyle Shanahan to pass-happy Gruden has some concerned Morris' usage will decline. Keim does not see it, citing BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 278 carries under Gruden two years ago and the lack of a Gio Bernard-type talent elsewhere in Washington's backfield. Even with the offensive switch, Morris has a good shot to break the 275-carry barrier for a third-straight season. Keim does acknowledge he "could see" Morris' stats "being closer to last year than his rookie year, just because of the added weapons in the pass game."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 10:58 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden admitted at the NFL meetings that he does not see Alfred Morris as a player who possesses "natural hands," and envisions only "20-25 catches" for Morris in his offense.

Gruden said he "hopes" Morris can catch 20-25 passes, indicating that's Alf's ceiling. It's a growing concern for Morris' fantasy value as the Redskins transition away from Kyle Shanahan's run-foundation offense into Gruden's pass-happy scheme. We may see more of passing-down back Roy Helu and less of Morris, in a BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Giovani Bernard kind of backfield rotation.
Mar 26 - 7:43 AM

WR Andre Roberts said one of the reasons he signed with the Redskins was because he expects a pass-centric offense.

Under the Shanahan & Son offense, the Redskins ideally were a run-based team. They ranked 3rd in rushing attempts in 2012 and only sunk to 13th in 2013 because they trailed so much. New coach Jay Gruden allowed Andy Dalton to chuck it 586 times last year, so we know his scheme is going to highlight Robert Griffin III. Alfred Morris will remain effective, but we can't project a bump on last year's 285 touches. Roy Helu and Chris Thompson are better in the passing game.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 19 - 9:33 AM

Redskins OC Sean McVay expects the team's running game to be remain "very similar" under new coach Jay Gruden.

The Redskins are expected to keep their zone-blocking scheme and incorporate the same concepts they ran with Mike Shanahan, relying on a power running game from Alfred Morris and read-option plays with Robert Griffin III. Morris rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons under Shanahan and will continue to be a big part of the offense, with Roy Helu likely remaining in a third-down role. "I don’t think it will change a lot," McVay said. "The foundation and base principles will remain the same. He'll be the same guy."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 3:09 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 16 times for 62 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Giants.

It was a nice snapshot of Morris' season as he ran at a well above average level, but the Redskins fell behind and he didn't play in the passing game as usual. It's one of the problems with owning a two-down back. Morris finishes his second NFL season with 276 carries for 1,275 yards and seven touchdowns, along with nine catches for 78 yards. Other than the obvious passing game problems, the major concern for 2014 will be a regime change. Mike Shanahan has his warts, but there's no coach in the league with a better history of production at the running back position. Alf's Dynasty arrow is pointing down even though he's one of the better raw inside runners in the league.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 05:53:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 24 times for 88 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

Unlike the Cowboys, the Redskins are committed to the run in all scenarios. Morris took advantage of that once again, punishing defenders with his between-the-tackles style and plunging in from four yards out in the third quarter. Heading into Week 17, Morris quietly has 260 carries for 1,213 yards and seven touchdowns. He's been a non-PPR beast despite the Redskins' woes this season.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 06:03:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed for 98 yards on 18 carries in Week 15 against the Falcons.

Morris caught his lone target in the passing game for an eight-yard gain. His ability to hit the hole with authority has to be Morris' most impressive trait. He can also cut on a dime and has some serious moves for a 219-pound back. After three consecutive weeks with 52 yards or less on the ground, Morris got back on track in a game between two teams that are just playing out the remainder of the season. The Atlanta defense can't stop anyone. Morris will be on the RB1 radar for fantasy championship week against the Cowboys in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 05:19:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 12 times for just 31 yards in Washington's lopsided Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

The wheels are coming off in Washington, where the Redskins bafflingly never committed to their elite back on the ground despite snowy conditions. The Chiefs did commit to the run game as they raced to a 31-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game. Coach Mike Shanahan and his kid OC Kyle stubbornly stuck with the pass, and it got the Redskins nowhere fast. With the Redskins' season in the toilet and play-calling in the gutter, Morris can't be trusted as more than a mid-range RB2 for the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs despite his fantastic season up to this point.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 05:06:00 PM

Coach Mike Shanahan blamed Alfred Morris' meager 11 carries from Week 13 on the Giants' gameplan.

After the game, the Giants came out and explicitly said their goal was to stop Morris and make Robert Griffin III beat them. So on the majority of option plays, RG3's (correct) read was to keep the ball. "They decided to take away Alfred Morris," Shanahan said. "And normally they don't always do that." Alf owners shouldn't panic heading into a Week 14 home game against a declining Chiefs defense. He'll be a fine RB1 play in non-PPR formats.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 08:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
3Colt McCoy
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Lache Seastrunk
4Evan Royster
5Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Ryan Grant
4Leonard Hankerson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
4Nick Williams
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
4Ted Bolser
5Mike Caussin
K1Kai Forbath
2Zach Hocker