RB Alfred Morris - Dallas Cowboys
|5-9, 222||Born: 12-12-1988||College: Florida Atlantic||Drafted: Round 6|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Feb 4): will be able to test free agency this offseason, according to team president Bruce Allen. If Morris is not offered a deal to his liking, then the Redskins may entertain re-signing Morris.
General News (Tue Feb 2): may not return next season, which could lead the Redskins to draft a running back or sign a free-agent running back, according to CSNWashington.com's Rich Tandler. Tandler said depth is needed at the position and that Chris Thompson and Silas Redd are both coming off injuries and aren't workhorse backs.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 18 vs GB (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was fairly effective in this game considering the work load he was given. He only got eleven carries but often times he got positive yardage. His longest carry went for 19 yards but the flow of the game slowly erased his ability to stay involved. Alfred had an opportunity to score on the goal line but failed on two attempts to find space. Alfred's involvement is game flow dependent and this game was another example of that scenario.
2015 Week 17 vs DAL (19 / 100 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris had one of his more productive games of the year as he topped 100 yards with 19 carries. He was used primarily as a clock killer in a conservative game plan. Alfred ran with power and clearly has fresh legs based on the fact his workload has been so volatile from week to week. He failed to score a touchdown but his longest carry went for 23 yards as the Cowboys weren't interested in tackling this game. Alfred does deserve credit for displaying the hard nose running style we are accustomed to seeing. Alfred's workload is usually connected to game script and this game was in his favor based on the circumstances.
2015 Week 16 vs PHI (17 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris found no room to run against an Eagles defense that plays the run well. Alfred is a straight ahead, one cut runner so he often found himself being stopped before he could get going. If he was an improvisational type runner then maybe he could have made some things happen but nonetheless it was a quiet night. He ran hard and received 17 carries but his longest run went for 8 yards and many of the others had little impact.
2015 Week 15 vs BUF (14 / 84 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris benefitted greatly in this game to positive game flow. Once again, he started the game but he was also more involved throughout the matchup. He had 14 carries and the biggest one came when Washington was backed up on the 4 yard line in the second quarter. He took off up the left side for a 48 yard run that got them out of potential trouble. Most of Alfred's day was made up of gaining the tough 2 to 3 yards that helps the offense maintain rhythm. He didn't score a touchdown but his presence was felt in the ground game while receiving a healthy dose of carries.
2015 Week 14 vs CHI (11 / 24 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris started the game off well and looked to be featured in this game, but much like other games that wasn't the case. Alfred had 11 carries on the day and even scored the first touchdown of the game. This was a game script friendly game for Alfred to take advantage but Matt Jones took over majority of the second half work.
2015 Week 13 vs DAL (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was seemingly benched in the 2nd quarter as he only had a total of 6 carries. He was barely on the field after a late first quarter carry. It was odd being that he was fresh off a 23 carry game prior to Monday night. This has been a reoccurring theme with the Washington backfield as you never know what will happen with each week.
2015 Week 12 vs NYG (23 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was more involved in this game than recent weeks. The score and game script had much to do with his involvement as he received 23 carries. Establishing Alfred early helped to control the clock and keep a steady flow offensively. Close games are typically when Washington can feed Alfred as the main cog in the rushing attack. His longest carry only went for 9 yards but it was his ability to get the tough 3 to 4 yards each time that kept the offense on schedule. Late in the game Alfred was used as a closer and he delivered two big first downs that drained the clock. This isn't the norm for Alfred so we can't expect him to be featured weekly.
2015 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was a complete no-show in this game statistically and he left early due to a rib injury. He totaled 2 carries for the game.
2015 Week 10 vs NO (15 / 92 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris finally had a chance to remain involved based on the game script. He had 15 carries total but was allowed to finish out the game. It was a bit odd that he went nearly a full quarter without a carry (from early 2nd quarter to middle of the 3rd) but remained in a good flow once he returned. Alfred was back to being elusive, breaking through arm tackles, and finishing runs. He had a 28 yard run that showed flashes of the "chunk run" ability that he is known for in Washington. This was by far the most productive day Alfred has had in recent weeks.
2015 Week 9 vs NE (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was once again erased from the game script as Washington found themselves down early and unable to establish the run. Morris isn't a part of the passing game personnel so therefore he found himself watching from the sidelines a majority of the game. He had 4 carries in this game and his production was virtually non-existent.
2015 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was basically erased from this game as the Redskins got down 24 to 0. Unfortunately for Alfred his production is game flow dependent and being down equals plenty passing. Alfred isn't a passing down running back so he only had 6 carries on the day with minimal production.
2015 Week 6 vs NYJ (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris had a quiet day considering he was the lead back with Matt Jones nursing an injury. He wasn't able to get on track due to the stout Jets defensive line. The game flow wasn't in his favor as well as the Redskins were down double digits majority of the 2nd half. Alfred isn't featured in the passing game so this always limits his productivity. His longest carry on the day was just 6 yards and he only had 11 carries total in this game.
2015 Week 5 vs ATL (8 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was relatively quiet today as he only had 8 carries. This is the downside to being in a running back platoon. The week to week production is unpredictable. He started the game and the game flow was actually geared towards a run heavy approach. The score stayed close all game but he never got on track. Alfred longest carry went for 4 yards.
2015 Week 4 vs PHI (17 / 62 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris was much more involved in this game than the last. He got the start and had the first two plays drawn up for him in the run game. He helped to establish a nice balance of run/pass in this game by running effectively getting positive yardage all day. Alfred seemed to be running with purpose from the start which can be attributed to his recent decline in the game plan as well. He got 17 carries on the day which clearly shows Washington wants to get him back on track but this committee is a mystery. Alfred was even in the game late as he had a 16yard run followed by a 12 yard run that got the final drive of the game moving. Alfred is a volume runner so he was able to get in rhythm today and it showed when it mattered most. Morris is a good closer and Washington needs to remember that.
2015 Week 3 vs NYG (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris had a very quiet evening as he only received 6 carries total for the game. The game flow being down early really hampered the Redskins ability to feed him the ball. However, he didn't even start as Matt Jones replaced him in the lineup. This is concerning more so because of the presence Matt Jones has established as oppose to the game flow. This is a full blown committee at this point but it remains to be seen how involved Alfred remains going forward. He isn't a part of the passing game so that limits his upside as well.
2015 Week 2 vs LA (18 / 59 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris took a backseat to rookie Matt Jones today. It was actually a week later than most anticipated because Alfred lacks explosion but has extraordinary vision. Alfred's patience as a runner isn't as productive versus a Rams front that aggressively pursues everything. Therefore, Alfred's best attribute which is reading blocks and anticipating creases was counterproductive today. He is more of a volume rusher and most of his yardage came on a 35 yard gain in the first quarter. Often times in this game Alfred struggled to find a cutback lane which he thrives on so it was an underwhelming performance. As a whole, this backfield is more productive than anticipated so the expectation is that this could turn into a full blown timeshare in the near future.
2015 Week 1 vs MIA (25 / 121 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Alfred Morris had a fantastic day running the ball as he was the primary focus offensively. Alfred had a rather easy time navigating through running lanes as the O-Line set the tone opening holes constantly. Morris had about 10 carries in the first quarter as they chewed up the clock feeding him the ball. It was a pleasant surprise to see Washington have this type of success in the run game considering how awful the O-Line looked in preseason. Morris looked quick and decisive bursting through the running lanes as he had reportedly worked/focused on his speed and agility in the offseason. He ended the day with 25 carries which is a clear indication they want to feature him in the run game. It is encouraging that they had this type of success running the ball and more importantly for Morris who has been hearing whispers about his backup. Alfred ran well between the tackles as well as outside the tackles showing his trademark patience, but then using acceleration to often get to the second level of the defense. Only downside to Morris' day is that he wasn't featured more on the passing downs which isn't his strong suit anyway. Although he says to he has worked to improve in that area. The game flow was in Alfred's favor today but if the defense doesn't hold up then he can be a forgotten man due to volume of passing they will have to do.
Latest NewsCowboys | Alfred Morris fine with RB addition (Mon May 2, 05:12 PM) - Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he does not regret signing with the Cowboys this offseason even though the team selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the draft. Our View: Elliott was by far the best RB in this draft class. Nothing is official, but he's got to be the starter at the beginning of the season since the Cowboys took him so high. Head coach Jason Garrett has not talked with Morris about his role on offense, but Morris is excited to compete for a job.
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