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RB Alfred Morris - Washington Redskins

5-9, 222Born: 12-12-1988College: Florida AtlanticDrafted: Round 6

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): Morris deserves a purple heart for running so hard despite an offense crumbling around him. The matchups get better, and the quarterback play could get better if Washington pulls Robert Griffin III. Morris should be in as a boom/bust RB2 in Week 13 against the Colts that Jonas Gray tore up two weeks ago.

General News (Tue Nov 25): ran 21 times for 126 yards in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12. Morris gained most of his yardage after contact and entered the game against the Niners averaging 1.95 yards after contact. He's averaging 5.39 yards per carry in the last three games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. "I stopped hesitating," Morris said of his improved running. "I was trying to see too much."

Week 13: at Indianapolis Colts

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Alfred Morris has been a bright spot for the Washington offense while Robert Griffin III has crashed-and-burned over the last few weeks. 'I stopped hesitating. I was trying to see too much.' he explained on Monday after his 21/125/1 rushing with 1/5/0 receiving performance vs. San Francisco. Morris also posted 20/96/0 rushing with 2/36/0 receiving vs. Tampa Bay two weeks ago - he's done a lot with the 20+ touches he's receiving of late. Look for the team to continue to feed him the ball as they get Colt McCoy settled back in as the team's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. Roy Helu had just two catches for nine yards in the final Griffin-quarterbacked game - he should see more catches going forwards, though with Morris running the ball so well right now he may not get many cracks at carrying the football. The Colts' rush D has allowed 23/80/0 to the Jaguars last week and a disastrous 44/246/4 rushing to the Patriots two games ago - they've swung between extremes in the near term. Also, Indianapolis ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 109.9 rushing yards allowed per game, with the third-most rushing scores surrendered during 2014, at 12 handed out. This is a neutral matchup for Morris (and company) on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at MIN 19 92 2 3 2 17 0 0
11 vs TB 20 96 0 3 2 36 0 0
12 at SF 21 125 1 1 1 5 0 0
13 at IND PROJ-Dodds 18 * * 1 * * *
13 at IND PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 1 * * *
13 at IND PROJ-Bloom 18 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs TB (20 / 96 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Alfred Morris had an impressive performance despite the struggles of the rest of his team. Morris was a beast running inside and showed exceptional effort keeping plays alive when it looked like he was going to be stopped for short gains. Morris wowed the home crowd on a run that was bottled up on the left side for a five yard loss, but the burly back fended off multiple defenders before cutting back across field for a big first down gain into the red zone. His effort was in vain, however, as Griffin took back to back terrible sacks to kill the promising drive. Morris even contributed in the passing game, catching two passes, including a dynamic tackle-breaking 24 yard catch and run with Washington in hurry-up mode before the end of the first half that set up Helu's 30 yard receiving TD. Despite Morris's great performance, he was unable to keep his streak of TDs going and never got the opportunity to carry the ball in the red zone at all in the game.

2014 Week 12 vs SF (21 / 125 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Alfred Morris appears to be the only player on Washington benefiting from the return of RG3. Morris now has 6 tds in games that Griffin has played in, and his 125 yards on the ground was his highest output of the season. Morris was impressive throughout the game, ripping off chunk yardage on multiple runs and shedding tacklers with his elite power. Morris scored Washington's lone TD of the game from half a yard out, but his run that set the score up was perhaps his most impressive of the day. Morris took a pitch left from the 13 yard line and slipped a sure tackle before turning upfield and carrying three players another few yards before getting taken down at the one yard line. Morris was almost vultured by his FB on back-to-back handoffs before finally punching the ball in on third down.


Latest News

Redskins | Alfred Morris no longer overthinking (Mon Nov 24, 01:26 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris, who ran 21 times for 126 yards in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 12, gained most of his yardage after contact and entered the game against the Niners averaging 1.95 yards after contact. He's averaging 5.39 yards per carry in the last three games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. I stopped hesitating, Morris said of his improved running. I was trying to see too much.

Our View: The Washington offense is pretty much a dumpster fire outside of Morris. The tough-running back did his fantasy owners a solid in Sunday. Week 12 was Morris' first 100-yard effort of the year, and he's fifth in rushing with 826 yards.
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Redskins | Alfred Morris tops century mark (Sun Nov 23, 11:42 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris averaged 6.0 yards per attempt on 21 carries in the Week 12 game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was his first 100-yard game of the season, and first since Nov. 7, 2013, against the Minnesota Vikings. 'I stopped trying to think too much,' Morris said Sunday, Nov. 23. 'I said this weeks ago: I was thinking too much. I've been playing this game since I was five. I know how to be a runner. I just stopped thinking and stopped trying to make things happen that weren't there.'

Our View: Morris is by far the best thing about this bad offense. He still deserves a spot in your lineup next week against the Colts defense Jonas Gray gashed in Week 11.
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