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Alfred Morris | Running Back | #46

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 224
College: Florida Atlantic
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 6 (173) / WAS
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Alfred Morris said he has no regrets about signing with the Cowboys.
"This is where I’m supposed to be and I’m excited about the opportunity here and looking forward to it," Morris said. Morris was poised for a big role in Dallas' offense after signing in late March, but the selection of Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick put that possibility to bed. As of now, Morris projects as an early-down breather back with very limited fantasy value. May 2 - 9:47 AM
Source: ESPN

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Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said new signee Alfred Morris is behind Darren McFadden on the depth chart.

Jones went so far as to say DMC will get the "bulk" of the carries. Depth chart proclamations are almost always meaningless in March, but that's especially true for this one. The Cowboys could easily take a running back with the No. 4 overall pick. McFadden, meanwhile, had a renaissance 2015, but is an injury-prone, straight-line runner. If there's no draft competition — which is unlikely — we'd imagine Morris will probably have the edge on early downs, with DMC perhaps monopolizing passing situations as the Cowboys wait for Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) to get back to full health.
Mar 22 - 4:40 PM

Cowboys signed RB Alfred Morris, formerly of the Redskins, to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

Morris was a workhorse his first two years in the league, gaining 2,888 yards with 20 touchdowns on 611 carries (4.73 YPC) in Mike Shanahan's zone-run scheme. He struggled to continue that success in Jay Gruden's power-oriented offense, managing a career-low 3.72 yards per carry last year. Morris' career appears to be trending in the wrong direction, but a new scheme and an elite offensive line could certainly help turn his fortunes around. Only 27, Morris is a good reclamation project for the Cowboys and will be a solid post-hype sleeper in fantasy. His primary competition for touches will come from Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar, assuming Dallas doesn't draft an early-round running back.
Mar 22 - 9:59 AM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys aren't the only team pursuing free agent Alfred Morris.

Morris is visiting Dallas on Monday, but curiously, owner Jerry Jones, executive VP Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett are all away from the team facility attending the league meetings in Florida. It would seem to be an unideal day to host a free agent you're actually interested in signing. Per reporter Brandon George, the Cowboys are further along with free agent CB Patrick Robinson than they are with Morris.
Mar 21 - 1:37 PM

Free agent RB Alfred Morris is expected to visit the Cowboys on Monday.

Morris has had a quiet market this offseason after limping through a miserable 2015 campaign. Dallas would be as good a landing spot as any for Morris and he should have more success behind the Cowboys' strong offensive line. Morris is only a year younger than incumbent starter Darren McFadden. Even if Morris lands in Dallas, the Cowboys are still expected to target Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 pick.
Mar 18 - 2:59 PM

Free agent Alfred Morris thanked the Redskins Saturday in a farewell message on Instagram.

The Redskins have had brief discussions with Morris ahead of free agency, but there hasn't been a contract offer yet and Alf is probably right in assuming he's played his last down in Washington. "No matter what happens I will always be a part of #RedskinsNation and a special thanks to all the fans and their abundance of love, support, and loyalty," said Morris. The 27-year-old averaged a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry last season while failing to reach 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 6 - 8:22 AM

The Redskins have had discussions with free agent Alfred Morris.

Washington hasn't made him an offer yet and Morris is still expected to hit the open market. Free agency came at a bad time for Morris, who is coming off a career-worst season. ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini suggested he could be a fallback option for New York if Chris Ivory leaves. If the Redskins don't address running back in the draft or free agency, Matt Jones would open 2016 as the lead back.
Mar 4 - 4:28 PM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini pegs free agent Alfred Morris as a potential fallback option for New York if it can't re-sign Chris Ivory.

Ivory is expected to try and command $4 million annually on the open market after staying mostly healthy with the Jets the past couple seasons. Morris is likely being viewed as a bargain-bin running back coming off a horrible year with the Redskins after coach Jay Gruden essentially kicked him to the side in favor of rookie Matt Jones. Despite his 5'10/224 size, Morris isn't a tough, rugged inside runner for a power offense. He fits best in a zone-blocking scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 2 - 10:41 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said it is "not a long shot" impending free agent Alfred Morris is re-signed.

"There’s not one negative thing I can say about him as a player and person," Gruden said. Gruden is likely just talking up a player who has been a good soldier for Washington for several seasons. There has been no indication the Redskins are interested in bringing back Morris. It is the very definition of "a long shot."
Feb 25 - 8:19 AM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins won't make an effort to re-sign Alfred Morris in free agency.

Executive Bruce Allen has already admitted the team will let Morris reach the open market, but Keim reports they're unlikely to re-sign him even at a team-friendly rate. Per Keim, the Redskins were frustrated with Morris' "lack of productivity" last season, "especially when the blocking wasn't there." Keim reports there's "a belief" that Morris' 1,078 career carries have already taken a toll on his effectiveness. Morris' 1,613 rushing yards as a rookie were the 49th most in NFL history, but his production has steadily waned ever since. He was a product of ex-coach Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.
Feb 4 - 4:00 PM

Redskins president Bruce Allen suggested the team is not actively trying to re-sign impending free agent Alfred Morris.

"Free agency is going to be a great test for him," Allen said. "If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we’re going to applaud him. If not, we’re going to see what happens with us." Allen did not completely shut the door on re-signing Morris, but it is clear they are not actively working on a deal. A two-down player on a clear downward trend, Morris may struggle to find a starting job in free agency.
Feb 4 - 11:00 AM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes the Redskins are unlikely to re-sign free agent Alfred Morris.

Morris wants to return to D.C., but the feeling doesn't appear mutual. Alf's production has fallen dramatically on an annual basis since his rookie year, and at age 27 his best years are probably behind him. Matt Jones struggled with fumbles during his rookie season, but his upside is enough to make Morris expendable. Chris Thompson should be back in his normal third-down role.
Jan 31 - 9:23 AM

Impending free agent RB Alfred Morris said his "goal" is to re-sign with the Redskins.

"When I first came into the league, no matter what team I went to, I just wanted to do my whole career with the same team," Morris said. "That’s still my goal. I would love to return, but a lot goes into that. I haven’t thought about that. You all keep bringing it up, but we’ll see what happens." Rookie Matt Jones is the only back Washington has under contract next season, but that reality does not help Morris' chances to return. Morris averaged a career-low 1.45 yards after contact in 2015 and appears to be slowing down after heavy workloads in his first three seasons. In a strong free agent class, Morris will likely find a cold market.
Source: ESPN
Jan 12 - 10:14 AM

Alfred Morris rushed 11 times for 50 yards in the Redskins' Wild Card loss to the Packers.

Alf was stuffed on back-to-back goal-line runs in the first quarter, but contributed an explosive third-quarter run up the middle, exploiting combo blocks for a gain of 19. The run set up Kirk Cousins' touchdown run on a keeper. Morris gained 12 on another inside handoff in the fourth quarter. He was a non-factor late, however, as the Redskins fell behind by two scores and passing-down specialist Chris Thompson closed out the loss. 27-year-old Morris is an impending free agent. After a 3.72 YPC, one-touchdown season, Morris' market is unlikely to be hot as a one-dimensional, inefficient two-down banger.
Jan 10 - 8:55 PM

Alfred Morris had 19 carries for 100 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over Dallas.

Morris was one of the only starters that Washington didn't rest. With Kirk Cousins throwing two red-zone TDs, he didn’t have any carries inside the 10-yard line. Morris posted a 202/751/1 line in the regular season, averaging 3.7 YPC. He’ll be part of a committee with Matt Jones for the Wild Card Round.
Jan 3 - 7:19 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tony Romo
2Kellen Moore
3Dak Prescott
4Jameill Showers
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3Alfred Morris
4Darius Jackson
5Lance Dunbar
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Darren McFadden
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
4Rodney Smith
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Vince Mayle
4Lucky Whitehead
5Chris Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
5Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
3Justin Renfrow
4David Hedelin
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
3Boston Stiverson
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
3Jake Brendel
RG1Zack Martin
2Jared Smith
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
3Ryan Mack
K1Dan Bailey
2Matt Wile