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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 Oct 20): Morris gets banged up a little more in each game, and his offensive line/quarterback play isn't doing him any favors. With little involvement in the passing game, Morris's floor is coming into play more than his ceiling. Robert Griffin III can't get back on the field soon enough for Morris owners.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs NYG 12 63 1 3 3 27 0 0
5 vs SEA 13 29 0 1 1 -2 0 0
6 at ARI 13 41 0 3 1 14 0 0
7 vs TEN 18 54 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 1 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 17 * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SEA (13 / 29 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Alfred Morris was bottled up against Seattle's impenetrable front seven, finishing with by far his lowest yardage total through five weeks. Morris didn't have any holes to run through on first downs and Washington was behind for the entire game, forcing Washington the throw the ball early and often. Morris looked sluggish behind the line, unable to find any creases created by the zone run scheme. Morris almost lost a fumble on the opening drive but his FB was able to fall on the ball to prevent the turnover. His longest run of the game came on an 11 yard scamper in the second quarter where he still showed his ability to shed tacklers for extra yards. Morris did not see his usage in the passing game increase as it did the week before, as he saw only one target out of the backfield. Morris's terrible box score was clearly a product of an overmatched offensive line and not due to any weakness in Morris's game.

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (13 / 41 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Alfred Morris continues to struggle behind Washington's offensive line and poor game scripts. Morris finished with his second lowest yardage total of the season and carried the ball just 13 times or fewer for the third week in a row. Morris did have one reception for 14 yards on three targets, but dropped an easy swing pass early in the first quarter. With a long run of only 9 yards, Morris was held to his second lowest YPC on the year (3.15). A volume runner, Morris was never able to find a rhythm in the game and looked tentative running behind his line -- a theme that has developed over the past few weeks with Washington struggling to keep drives going. Morris continues to give way to Roy Helu Jr. on passing downs and in hurry up mode, and looks to be seriously impacted by early deficits for Washington and Gruden's propensity to abandon the run early.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (18 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Alfred Morris had another mediocre day running the football. Morris never threatened to score and was held to 3.0 yards per carry running behind his poor offensive line. Morris still was given a healthy workload of 18 carries, but was not able create any plays, mostly getting what was blocked for him and routinely getting hit behind the LOS. His longest run of the day went for 14 yards, sprung on the left side by a beautiful block from his fullback. Morris still ran hard and ground out tough yards for Washington. Morris briefly left the game with an ankle injury but returned on the next possession.

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Latest News

Redskins | Alfred Morris leaves briefly (Sun Oct 19, 09:03 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) left the Week 7 game against the Tennessee Titans briefly due to a left ankle injury, but he was able to return and finish the game. Morris carried 18 times for 54 yards, and he did not have a reception.

Our View: Morris has struggled to get on track, in part due to inconsisten quarterback play and a defense that doesn't give him winning game scripts. It's not crazy to bench Morris next week if you have better options.
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Redskins | Alfred Morris to return (Sun Oct 19, 02:10 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) will return to the team's Week 7 game.

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Redskins | Alfred Morris leaves early (Sun Oct 19, 01:42 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) left the game early in Week 7 because of an ankle injury and is considered questionable to return.

Our View: Morris has since returned to the game but the Washington running game isn't getting on track in this good matchup against the Titans.
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Redskins | Alfred Morris's production down (Fri Oct 17, 04:22 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris is 10th in the league with 386 rushing yards (3.98 yards per carry), but he entered the season averaging 4.73 yards per carry. In his defense, the Redskins have faced good run defenses that often have five defenders on the line. Washington's offensive line has also had problems communicating when a defense disguises their looks. Morris averaged 1.95 yards after contact in his first two years, but he's averaging 1.71 yards after contact this year, which ranks him 21st in the NFL. This is where the zone read had helped him in the past; He averaged 4.98 yards per carry on the zone read on 97 carries while at 4.7 yards on his other 514 carries. And finally, the blocking of the offensive line has been subpar, and they have struggled to get off double teams and reach the linebackers. Also, the tight ends and receivers are forced to block much more in an outside zone game.

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Redskins | Redskins misusing Alfred Morris? (Thu Oct 9, 11:02 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris and the running game haven't been used properly at times this season, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'Some days when you don't play very well, you abandon it too quickly,' Gruden said. 'Some days you don't abandon it quick enough.'

Our View: Morris is what he is--a solid RB2 most every week for fantasy owners. He doesn't have added value in PPR leagues as Roy Helu is the team's receiving back. However, Morris is a safe play most weeks for fantasy owners.
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Schedule

8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys