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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 5): Morris got the lion's share of carries, but it still didn't result in usable fantasy value. He's just as bench stash with Matt Jones injury upside at best.

Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Alfred Morris got back into the lead back role against the Eagles, posting 17/62/0 rushing with 2/3/0 receiving on the day - he was spelled by Chris Thompson (6/53/0 rushing with 2/24/0 receiving) and Matt Jones (7/11/0 rushing) at points during the contest. To date, Morris has seen 66/21/0 rushing and 4/16/0 receiving; Jones has handled 43/200/2 rushing with 3/23/0 receiving; and Thompson has posted 11/93/0 rushing and 11/91/1 receiving. While Morris leads in touches, you can see the other two backs have snarfed up the available TDs so far. Dallas crammed in four rushing scores on the Falcons (21/127/4) two games ago, while the Texans posted 17/54/1 on the ground at Atlanta last weekend. It was a significant improvement for the Atlanta defensive front - to date, the club averages just 85.2 rushing yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL) but has given up seven rushing scores over four games (almost two rushing scores given up per game, on average). This is a good matchup for the Washington committee, on balance, with scoring opportunities likely, but they may struggle to put up bunches of yards as individuals this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIA 49 25 121 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.1
2 vs STL 34 18 59 0 2 2 13 0 0 7.2
3 at NYG 12 6 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.9
4 vs PHI 35 17 62 0 3 2 3 0 0 6.5
5 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 13 * * 1 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 1 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 11 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 STL (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 News

Redskins | Alfred Morris leads the backfield (Sun Oct 4, 09:04 PM) - Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris had a team-high 17 carries for 62 yards and two catches for three yards in a 23-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4.

Our View: Washington stayed true to the idea that Morris was their lead back, but they weren't any more successful in the running game. Matt Jones was even less effective, so Morris at least has flex value heading to Atlanta next week.
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