RB Alfred Morris - Washington Redskins
|5-9, 222||Born: 12-12-1988||College: Florida Atlantic||Drafted: 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.
General News (Fri Oct 24): practiced fully on Friday.
Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Washington's offense is in waiting mode for the return of Robert Griffin III now that Kirk Cousins' turnover woes have sent him to the bench. For this game, we'll likely see Colt McCoy under center down in Texas (where have I heard that before?), which means that the Cowboys will load up the box to stuff Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, while daring McCoy to beat them throwing the football. Morris (115/440/3 rushing with 5/39/0 receiving) has been steady-but-unspectacular as the two-down back this season (23rd fantasy running back in the land), while Helu checks in at 31st with 25/134/1 rushing and 20/249/0 receiving to date as the third-down/change of pace option. There is no reason to see either guy breaking out in Dallas on Monday Night Football given the transitioning nature of the Washington offense right now. The Cowboys' rush D is currently 16th in the NFL averaging 113.4 yards given up per contest, with four rushing TDs allowed to date. They gave up 26/104/0 to the Giants last week, and 18/80/1 at Seattle two games back. Of late, the Dallas D is slightly more stout than their middling average indicates. This is a tough matchup for the Washington backs due to the turmoil in the other phase of the offense and Dallas' probable response to seeing McCoy under center.
Recent Stats and Projections
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.
Latest NewsRedskins | Alfred Morris practices in full (Fri Oct 24, 04:52 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 24. link to story Redskins | Alfred Morris practices in full (Thu Oct 23, 05:55 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 23. link to story 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.
link to story 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. link to story 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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