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Alfred Morris | Running Back

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 224
College: Florida Atlantic
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Alfred Morris rushed 17 times for 62 yards and caught 2-of-3 targets for three yards Week 4 against the Eagles.
Morris had been completely bottled up heading into Washington's final drive of the game, but he gained 38 yards on four carries to set the Redskins up for what became the game-winning score. Despite his struggles most of the day, Morris clearly ran ahead of Matt Jones and out-touched the rookie 19-to-7. The battle for carries between Morris and Jones will go back and forth all season, but for now it appears Morris is on top. After four games, Morris is on pace for 264 carries for 1,044 yards. Oct 4 - 4:42 PM

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In a conference call Friday, coach Jay Gruden said Alfred Morris is still the Redskins' "lead dog" at running back.

Since going off for 121 yards in a season-opening loss to Miami, Alf has totaled just 78 yards on 24 carries across two games. Rookie Matt Jones was starting to gain steam but may have cost himself by fumbling against the Giants in Week 3. Gruden said the reason Morris only played 12 snaps Thursday was because the Redskins were behind and had to abandon the running game. Still, Morris' fantasy outlook is very clearly trending in the wrong direction. He's a timeshare back in Washington now.
Sep 25 - 4:53 PM

Alfred Morris came off the bench behind Matt Jones in Washington's Week 3 loss to the Giants, rushing just six times for 19 yards.

Per Pro Football Focus' invaluable snap maven Nathan Jahnke, Morris played only 12 snaps to Jones' 26. It's possible there's a changing of the guard afoot in Washington's backfield, though Jones hurt his case with a fumble out the back of the end zone. With the Redskins in comeback mode, both backs also played fewer snaps than Chris Thompson. Either way, Jones has now soundly out-run Morris in back-to-back games. Morris will be a middling FLEX option for next week's matchup with the Eagles.
Sep 25 - 12:09 AM

Alfred Morris rushed 18 times for 59 yards in the Redskins' Week 2 win over the Rams, adding two catches for 13 yards.

Morris was out-carried by Matt Jones 19-18, out-gained 123-59, and out-scored 2-0. The Redskins' offensive line was opening holes all day long against an ultra-aggressive Rams defense that couldn't stop anything. This is still Morris' backfield, but it's pretty clear Jones is talented and deserves work behind him. This could turn into a timeshare situation. Morris had one run of 35 yards, but managed just 24 yards on his 17 other carries. Morris will be in play as an RB2 when the Redskins travel to the division-rival Giants in Week 3.
Sep 20 - 4:30 PM

Alfred Morris rushed 24 times for 107 yards in Washington's Week 1 loss to the Dolphins.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. It was an excellent Week 1 performance for a player who has always been less effective when Robert Griffin III isn't at quarterback for the Redskins. Morris was the Redskins' most-effective means of ball movement, with 11 of his 24 rushes going for at least five yards. Morris was seeing the hole and hitting it. Impressive rookie Matt Jones did steal six touches, but this is going to remain Morris' backfield for the time being. He'll be a mid-range RB2 for next week's meeting with the Rams.
Sep 13 - 5:13 PM

Alfred Morris rushed seven times for four yards in the Redskins' third preseason game.

The poor performance was not Morris' fault as the Ravens' defensive line lived in Washington's backfield. Morris clearly ran ahead of Matt Jones and even got involved in the passing game with two catches for six yards. Morris' upside is capped by the offense, but he is a solid RB2.
Aug 29 - 9:44 PM

The Washington Post reports Alfred Morris is "working to improve his receiving skills."

Stop us if you've heard this one before. "Just working on running routes and being open," Morris said. "So, yeah, I’m just building my confidence out here in camp and in OTAs and just continue to press forward and see what happens." Morris has averaged a meager 12.3 receptions across three NFL seasons. Rookie Matt Jones is the heavy favorite for third-down duties this year.
Aug 3 - 1:49 PM

New Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan has coached four top-nine rushing attacks in the last six years.

Three of those units were the Jets (2008, 2009, 2010) and one was last year's Cowboys. Those teams had more offensive line talent and more run-committed coaches than this year's Redskins, but Callahan's arrival can only mean good things for Alfred Morris. He should be able to reach 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season and will maintain goal-line work.
Jun 23 - 10:22 AM

Alfred Morris said he feels more refreshed heading into this season because he didn't lift weights as much as he had in previous offseasons.

Morris averaged a career-low 4.05 YPC last season. "The last couple offseasons I'd wear myself out," he said. "I decided what's best is to rest a lot more. I feel a lot better. I feel recovered." Morris will lose passing-down work to third-round RB Matt Jones, but should remain the bellcow in the Redskins' backfield on early downs like he's been in the past. There's still RB1/2 value here.
May 27 - 8:53 AM

Third-round RB Matt Jones said he knows Alfred Morris is "going to be the starter."

The question isn't if Alf will start -- it's how much of the work Jones will be able to siphon off. The Washington Post says the 6'2/231 Jones "certainly could see the field often as a rookie" and coach Jay Gruden has already left room for some kind of RBBC. Morris losing any early-down work will be devastating to his value because he is already a non-factor on passing downs.
May 18 - 9:18 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes there's a "50-percent chance" the team extends Alfred Morris' contract.

The Skins are currently trying to extend OLB Ryan Kerrigan and LT Trent Williams. Although Morris has been durable and largely productive, he is a two-down grinder only, and was not drafted by Washington's current regime, which did invest a second-day pick into Florida RB Matt Jones. We'd go as far as to guess there's a less than 50 percent chance the Redskins lock up Morris.
May 14 - 9:35 AM

Following the draft, coach Jay Gruden confirmed Alfred Morris "will be getting the bulk of the carries."

Florida RB Matt Jones was selected in the third round to give the Redskins some depth after losing Roy Helu in free agency. "Alfred won't be affected," Gruden said. "Alfred's still the running back here. He's had three great seasons and that won't change." Morris' stock is trending up a bit with the arrival of offensive line guru Bill Callahan and No. 5 overall pick RT Brandon Scherff.
May 3 - 12:29 PM

Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Alfred Morris remains the man on early downs.

Third-round pick Matt Jones will fill a much-needed backup role after Roy Helu fled in free agency. All in all, Alf's fantasy stock was stabilized after the Redskins didn't spend a higher pick at running back. He'll also benefit from the arrival of o-line guru Bill Callahan and No. 5 overall pick Brandon Scherff.
May 1 - 11:33 PM

Coach Jay Gruden raved about Alfred Morris last week.

Morris posted a career-worst 4.05 YPC while playing in Gruden's West Coast offense for the first time. But it was more than good enough for him to keep a stranglehold on the starting job heading into 2015. Now Morris gets a boost with the arrival of Bill Callahan, the game's premier offensive line coach and the one who spearheaded DeMarco Murray's massive season in Dallas last year. "Alfred will be happy," Gruden said. "There will be some different styles of runs for him, so for the most part, Alfred’s got great vision and did a great job protecting the football last year, so I think Alfred will be happy with some of the changes."
Mar 30 - 8:50 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim says Alfred Morris fits well with new offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

Callahan isn't just any line coach. He brings plenty of influence as a former NFL head coach and arguably the best line coach around today. We saw it last year as he took a talented group in Dallas and turned them into a dominating unit. Morris, entering a contract year at age 26, should bounce back off last year's career-worst 4.05 YPC. Expect Callahan to install plenty of power runs that fit Alf's bruising style.
Feb 10 - 9:53 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Kirk Cousins
2Colt McCoy
3Robert Griffin III
RB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3Chris Thompson
GLB1Alfred Morris
2Matt Jones
3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
FB1Darrel Young
WR11DeSean Jackson
2Andre Roberts
3Jamison Crowder
WR21Pierre Garcon
2Ryan Grant
3Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Roberts
TE1Jordan Reed
2Derek Carrier
3Anthony McCoy
LT1Trent Williams
LG1Tom Compton
2Arie Kouandjio
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Spencer Long
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
K1Dustin Hopkins