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Alfred Morris | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 218
College: Florida Atlantic
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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

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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

Alfred Morris had 11 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 13 loss to the Giants.

Morris scored on a one-yard carry on the Redskins opening drive of the game, but was a non-factor in the second half. Despite losing significant snaps to third-down back Roy Helu, he was surprisingly involved in the passing game this week and added three catches for 27 yards. Morris is on pace for 275 carries, 1, 328 yards, and eight touchdowns through 12 games and will be on the RB1 radar for next week's matchup with the Chiefs.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 11:59:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to the 49ers on Monday night.

Morris wasn't involved in the passing game, and it was the first time he's been held below 93 yards on the ground since Week 6. He'd been held under 71 yards rushing just one time all season before Monday, which shows how good he's been on a bad team. The 49ers, of course, are one of the tougher teams to run on, and it didn't help that the Redskins were trailing by two or more scores for much of the second half. Morris will be back on the RB1 radar next week against the Giants.
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 11:56:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 22 times for 93 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Philadelphia.

It was a standard day at the office for Morris. He continually broke through tackles with his unique power, breaking off at least 4.0 YPC for the ninth straight game. Of course, his fantasy owners will be disappointed because he failed to catch a pass for the eighth straight game and failed to get in the end zone again. Morris is averaging 91.8 rushing yards per day, but will just be a RB2 against the 49ers rugged run defense in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 05:42:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 26 times for 139 yards in Washington's Week 10 loss to the Vikings.

Once again, Morris beasted both between the tackles and in the open field. But as has become the theme, he didn't get his proper touchdown reward. Morris did get two goal-line looks, including one from the one-yard line, but was stymied on both. Otherwise, Washington primarily passed near the Vikings' end zone, and also gave a look to Roy Helu. Morris' (seeming) lack of touchdowns is frustrating fantasy owners, but there's a good chance his 91.6 rushing yards per game leads the league after Week 10. Morris is averaging 5.18 yards per carry, and has 51 totes over his past two games.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 11:55:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 9 overtime win over the Chargers.

It's a big day that could have been much, much bigger. The Redskins found that a FB dive to Darrel Young worked, and executed that play three times for scores. Those touchdowns easily could have gone to Alf. Regardless, the second-year power back continues to shed tackles and run with impressive power, holding off Roy Helu (two carries) for all early-down work. Morris is on pace for 266 carries, 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns. He remains a non-PPR beast heading into a nice matchup with the Vikings on Thursday night.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 05:47:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 17 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Washington's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.

Morris was running all over the Broncos early, but bafflingly got the ball just five times after his early third-quarter score put the Redskins up 14-7 with 11:37 remaining in the third period. Morris did fumble in the fourth, but Washington recovered. Either way, Morris out-touched Roy Helu 17-6, and upped his season yards per carry to 5.23. He remains a borderline RB1 in Washington's hot-and-cold offense.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 08:05:00 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 19 times for 95 yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bears.

This one is going to make Alf's owners pull their hair out. The Redskins ran at will on the Bears and scored 45 points, but Morris couldn't find the end-zone as he watched Roy Helu score three times. Helu's scores came mostly out of the hurry-up, but it's certainly a concern going forward. Simply put, Helu is earning more and more work as the season moves along. Still, Morris is averaging 5.18 YPC on the season and continues to churn up yards after contact. He's the clear-cut starter and high-end RB2, but one without a ton of upside thanks to his inability in the passing game and Helu's emergence.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 05:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Robert Griffin III
2Kirk Cousins
3Colt McCoy
RB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3Evan Royster
4Chris Thompson
5Miguel Maysonet
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Roy Helu
3RB1Roy Helu
2Alfred Morris
FB1Darrel Young
WR11Pierre Garcon
2Santana Moss
3Leonard Hankerson
4David Gettis
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Aldrick Robinson
4Nick Williams
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Logan Paulsen
3Niles Paul
4Gabe Miller
K1Kai Forbath