RB Alfred Morris - San Francisco 49ers
|5-9, 222||Born: 12-12-1988||College: Florida Atlantic||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2012|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Alfred Morris's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs LAR (16 / 111 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
With San Francisco putting Matt Breida on ice, Morris was finally taken out of cold storage. And then Jeff Wilson got hurt five minutes into the game, so they were forced to fully reanimate Morris in short order. And it turns out, reanimated Alfred Morris isn't that bad! With two carries accounting for 71 of his 111 rushing yards, that means his other carries gained only 2.9 yards per carry. But forget all that noise! This may very well be the last Footballguys game recap of Morris' career, so let's focus on the positive. On his second carry post-reanimation, Morris gained 51 yards via equal parts perfect execution from his blockers, perfect vision and tackle-breaking from Morris himself. The play was designed as a pitch left off tackle with fullback Kyle Juszczyk lead-blocking through the hole and left guard Laken Tomlinson sealing off the second level. But from there, Morris saw that Tomlinson's block created a cut-back line inside, and he took it. Safety Blake Countess arrived quickly, but Morris shed him with ease. Linebacker Matt Longacre hustled to catch up with Morris 25 yards downfield, but the newly reanimated, now-indefatigable 30-year old dismissed that arm tackle as well. The official box score may say Morris was ultimately conquered by cornerback Marcus Peters on this run. But a stiff arm uncovered by watching film of the play reveals that no, it wasn't Peters. Only the boundaries of the field, so established by the manmade artifice of an NFL rulebook, could defeat Morris in the end.
2018 Week 8 vs ARI (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Five of Morris' six carries went for 2 or fewer yards. That sixth run, however, was an outside stretch play that went for 26 yards, largely untouched thanks to superb blocking from San Francisco's offensive line and downfield receivers.
2018 Week 7 vs LAR (9 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Morris' quiet day was due to the 49ers' interior offensive line being thoroughly overwhelmed by the Rams' interior defensive line, as well as the unfavorable game script. The silver lining of Morris' stat line is that four of his nine carries went for 5 yards or more. The darkest timeline is that two of these four runs came with San Francisco down 29 points in the fourth quarter and that his longest run went for only 6 yards.
2018 Week 5 vs ARI (18 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Morris' rushing performance after Matt Breida got hurt was wholly uneventful, as he ran into stacked front after stacked front for minimal gain after minimal gain. What was eventful, however, was his surprising display of skills as a receiver. His three receptions were not garden variety dumpoffs or some such. These were catches that required soft hands, one of which also required him to run a legitimate pass route while split out wide in the formation.
2018 Week 4 vs LAC (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
In a surprise turn of events, Morris hardly saw the field during a game in which the 49ers had the lead most of the time. In fact, after an 8-yard carry early in the second quarter, he didn't touch the ball again until early in the fourth quarter. Nursing an injury all week, perhaps he was healthy enough to play, but not healthy enough to play extensively.
2018 Week 3 vs KC (14 / 67 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unlike the first two games, Morris was used in more of his conventional role as an inside runner. To wit, 12 of his 14 carries were directed in between the tackles. By far, his best drive was San Francisco's second drive of the third quarter, which started down 35-16 and ended with a Morris rushing touchdown. On that drive, he had his longest run of the game, gaining 16 yards on an outside zone, barreling over two tacklers at the end for good measure.
2018 Week 2 vs DET (14 / 48 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Morris played a higher percentage of snaps than Matt Breida because of Detroit's weakness against the run and San Francisco playing most of the second half with a multi-score lead. What was more surprising was his usage. Specifically, he was split out wide a handful of times, including on one of his two receptions. His other reception came on a simple dumpoff in the left flat. Also interesting about his usage was that 8 of his 14 carries went behind tackle or to the outside.
2018 Week 1 vs MIN (12 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Unsurprisingly, Morris gained all of his rushing yardage on inside zone runs. Otherwise, the story of Morris' usage and performance found its genesis deep in Vikings territory. Twice, he lined up out wide as a pawn in Kyle Shanahan's neverending chess match. This bit of trickery resulted in 31 yards and a touchdown for other receivers. Also twice, he fumbled near the goal line, the second of which resulted in a turnover when San Francisco was about to tie the game.
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