RB Alfred Morris - Dallas Cowboys
|5-9, 222||Born: 12-12-1988||College: Florida Atlantic||Drafted: Round 6|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 15 vs OAK (16 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris had one of his best segments of a game since Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended in the first half against Oakland. The Dallas offensive line was creating well-defined lanes for Morris and he consistently found them and gained yards after contact for five or more yards. The second half was a different story, however, as the holes disappeared and Morris struggled to shed defenders. Rod Smith's snaps increased in the second half and played more than Morris in the fourth quarter of the close game. Morris did have an opportunity for a touchdown as a red zone carry ended at the one-yard-line and he was stuffed on a third down attempt from point blank range. With Ezekiel Elliott set to return next week against Seattle, Morris will fight for snaps with Rod Smith and return to his ancillary role in the backfield rotation after seeing 16 or more carries in 4-of-6 games without Ezekiel Elliott.
2017 Week 14 vs NYG (19 / 62 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Morris was active early with seven of his 22 touches on the opening drive for Dallas against the Giants. The offensive line was a positive influence to Morris success, paving the way for accessible yardage near the line of scrimmage, a stark contrast from earlier in the season. Morris consistently accrued three or more yards on his rushes with the occasional power shown through contact. Morris' biggest run of the day, nearly 40 yards to the perimeter, was called back by holding, which would have pushed him over the 100-yard mark. While Morris caught three passes, Rod Smith was the clear preferred option in the hurry-up offense and in the red zone, optimizing Smith's touches instead of Morris' volume. Morris has one more game in the sun without Ezekiel Elliott before Elliott's return in Week 16. Oakland marks a strong matchup to see a positive game script and substantial volume.
2017 Week 13 vs WAS (27 / 127 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris logged his highest rushing total since 2013 this week against his former team, the Washington Redskins. Morris saw strong volume as the clear lead back early in the game but with minimal success. Dallas' offensive line struggled to control the line of scrimmage and Morris was not creating on his own by eluding the initial defender. In the second half, however, Dallas' offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage at their highest level since the suspension of Ezekiel Elliott began. Morris' reads were solid to open running lanes and to cap off his successful game, Morris plunged in for a goal line touchdown to ice the victory. Morris quelled concerns about being in a committee with Rod Smith this week as the unquestioned starter in snaps, touches, and impact.
2017 Week 12 vs LAC (9 / 36 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
With Tyron Smith back at left tackle and a good matchup with the Chargers' rush defense, Morris had a solid early part of the game. However, Morris' snaps took a sharp downturn in the higher leverage moments of the red zone and when Dallas trailed in catch-up mode much of the second half. Rod Smith was the preferred back in the red zone and as the pass-centric option. Morris had more success early in the game than previous weeks, including breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage on the opening play and converting third-and-short. Morris' lone target produced a productive screen pass gain.
2017 Week 11 vs PHI (17 / 91 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris was the clear starter against the Eagles logging 17 touches and a strong snap share until the closing minutes of the blowout home loss. Morris' success (91 yards), however, centered on a stretch in the third quarter and three runs overall totaling more than 60 yards. Morris enjoyed wide running lanes on those carries and struggled to create on his own without a clear path to the second level. Rod Smith was the preferred passing option and Morris did not see any short-range touchdown opportunities. With an overall neutral rushing schedule remaining, Morris has a better matchup in Week 12 against the run defense of the Chargers.
2017 Week 10 vs ATL (11 / 53 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As expected, Morris was the lead back for Dallas with Ezekiel Elliott starting his suspension in Week 10. The Dallas offensive line provided minimal help to the Cowboys rushing attack, however, as Morris struggled throughout the first half to find the second level of the defense. In the third quarter strung together three runs of at least 10 yards, two of which were well-defined holes for Morris to gain momentum into the secondary. This stretch of three carries encompassed most of Morris' production on the day as Dallas fell behind as the game progressed and Rod Smith, the passing down back of choice, saw more playing time. On the positive side, Morris had a solid market share of snaps when the game was within reach if Dallas can hang in future games to sustain Morris' volume with better blocking at the point of attack.
2017 Week 4 vs LAR (2 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris rarely sees the field as Ezekiel Elliott dominates the backfield snaps for Dallas. However, Morris ripped off a long run of 71 yards against the Rams in relief duty. Morris was tracked down in the open field before the goal line as he lacks even average long speed. Morris remains the back to own behind Elliott as Darren McFadden was again a healthy scratch.
2017 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Darren McFadden a surprise inactive against the Giants, Morris was the clear No.2 back to Ezekiel Elliott. While Morris did not make an impact on his low volume of snaps, the depth chart shift is a notable change from the preseason if Elliott should begin serving a suspension in the coming weeks or miss time by injury.
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