RB Sammy Morris - Free Agent

6-0, 228Born: 3-23-1977College: Texas TechDrafted: Round 5, pick 0

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2011 Week 15 vs TB (12 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sammie Morris was signed off of the street this week, but came in with fresh legs. Felix Jones is not used to posting 25 touches a game, and Morris is definitely needed to keep Jones from wearing down. Morris ran hard with the ball, gashing the Bucs for big gains every time he touched the ball. His first touch was actually a six yard screen pass that was called back for the defense having 12 men on the field, but his first run was a 15 yard draw play where he powered straight up the gut, running through arm tackles and banging his way into the secondary. In the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand, the Cowboys turned to Morris and let him grind out the clock. In fact, his last eight touches were in the fourth quarter, including four runs for 15 yards on the final drive to end the game.

2011 Week 16 vs PHI (13 / 29 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 10 / 0 rec)

Sammy Morris got the bulk of the workload after RB Jones left the game but he could do very little despite this increased workload. He got the ball on a number of simple run plays up the middle, the Cowboys seemed not to trust him a lot on outside runs due to his lack of burst to the outside. The Cowboy's were content to run the ball a lot and not try too hard to win this game that ultimately decided nothing for their playoff hopes. Morris got the ball a lot but was taken down almost immediately every time he received a handoff. He was not a factor in the passing game, apart from simple check down passes that gave him very little room to do anything. Jones would have likely played for in this game if it had been more meaningful and reduced Morris' workload which can be expected next week vs. the Giants. Morris is an aging veteran that will do all the mental tasks well but will provide very little play making ability outside of the plays that are either blocked exceptionally well or drawn up well.

2010 Week 2 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Morris did not have a carry, though he was targeted twice and hauled in one catch for 19 yards.

2010 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The old veteran had only 6 carries in this game, two of them in the red zone, but you have to admire his blue collar approach on each and ever play. While he may be a difficult fantasy play because of his age, you have to love his hard nose approach to pass blocking and putting his head down to plow into the line when called upon.

2010 Week 4 vs MIA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was Morris' work on special teams that stood out on this night as he made a big block that gave Brandon Tate the sideline for his 103 yard kickoff return.

2010 Week 6 vs BAL (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris converted a 3rd and 1 on a quick snap count before the defense could dig in, allowing the plodding Morris to bull ahead for the first down and keep the drive alive early in the game. His opportunities were once again limited however, and he continues to be a non-factor in fantasy land.

2010 Week 12 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Morris caught just one ball in Week 12, a 15-yard gain on the first play of the second half for the Patriots. The one catch against Detroit was his only touch of the ball on the afternoon. Both BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead are ahead of Morris on the depth chart for the Patriots, severely limiting his fantasy value.

2010 Week 17 vs MIA (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Another old man who got to play because of the scoreboard. Nothing to really see here.

2010 Week 19 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris scored on a direct snap two-point conversion, but otherwise he was not involved in the offense.

2009 Week 1 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Whether it was because of a lingering injury from training camp, or just a waning role, Morris barely saw the field on Monday night. If injuries strike ahead of him on the depth chart, he could have value, but he's not worth carrying right now.

2009 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

Morris was once again relegated to fourth fiddle in the Pats RB rotation, and he didn't run as strong as Maroney or Taylor on his carries. Curiously, he did get two deep downfield targets, but neither of them were good enough throws to be converted in catches.

2009 Week 3 vs ATL (5 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Morris got a lot of action as a fullback in this game, and made some nice gains as a receiver from that position. Still, this development combined with Fred Taylor's excellent game really limits his upside going forward without injuries ahead of Morris on the depth chart.

2009 Week 4 vs BAL (6 / 21 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Morris was getting touches as everything from a fullback to shotgun tailback to wide receiver. He got a lot of snaps in the red zone, including a carry inside the five from the fullback position, and another out of the shotgun that he scored on from 14 yards out with a move in the open field to freeze Dawan Landry. Morris did some damage as a receiver on a screen with some hard running after the catch. He looks as good with the ball in his hands as he has during his time with the Pats.

2009 Week 5 vs DEN (17 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Morris was running hard all day against the Broncos, and did a good job of taking what the defense gave him while picking up yards after contact. Facing 7 and 8 in the box regulary, many times Morris had to just lower his head and keep his legs churning to pick up yardage. Morris contributed a couple of times in the passing game, and showed good patience - allowing his blocks to set up in front of him on a big 35-yard screen pass.

2009 Week 6 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Morris started the game for the Patriots and had a reception in the first series for 3 yards. Unfortunately, Morris was tackled on the play by Keith Bullock and Tony Brown and came up injured. He did not return, opening the door for BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Lawrence Maroney to have big days.

2009 Week 12 vs NO (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris returned from injury and got solid gains on most of his runs with perseverance and power, but didn't do anything to suggest that he should be starting over Laurence Maroney. He's only worth rostering as injury protection for Maroney.

2009 Week 13 vs MIA (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

The Patriots mixed it up in the backfield giving all three RB's quality touches. Morris had 9 carries and 2 receptions on the day totaling 65 yards and showed some nice burst. Morris did come up short on what would turn out to be one of the biggest plays of the game, when he failed to convert a 4th and 1 inside the Dolphins 10 yard line late in the first half. As Morris gets his legs back, don't be surprised to see him more and more involved in the offense at the expense of Maroney and Kevin Faulk.

2009 Week 14 vs CAR (6 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris was held to six carries in the game as Maroney received the bulk of the work for the NE rushing attack. His first carry of the afternoon was a punishing 18 yard run that brutalized at least three separate Carolina defenders, but did little else to impress. Morris dropped what would have been an easy pass for a first down in the 2nd quarter and fumbled the ball on the Patriot's first drive in the second half. He contributed nothing to the passing game.

2009 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

The old veteran faded into a backup role with the Patriots today, as his number was called softly and infrequently. Morris carried the ball just four times in comparison to Maroney's 23 carries, and cannot be trusted in fantasy line-ups apart from desperation. This could be the last ride for 32 year old Slammin' Sammy as he continues to spell Maroney in certain situations.

2009 Week 16 vs JAX (12 / 95 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

The old veteran came out of the shadows today and had a monster game against the Jags defensive unit, galloping for 95 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Morris ran with abandon, utilizing his physical, bruising style to punish the Jags front line. Morris looked like a rugged stallion, making the NE rushing attack a vicious force to be reckoned with. He pushed the pile and pounded the rock with ease and his fresh legs give this NE running attack a ferocity that they'll need in the playoffs.

2009 Week 17 vs HOU (7 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Morris had 7 carries for 9 yards against the Texans. He found essentially no room to run against the Texans' front seven and as the game wore on, the Patriots tended more to the pass. Morris did catch 3 balls for 13 yards. He finished the season with 73 carries for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns as well as 190 receiving yards.

2009 Week 18 vs BAL (1 / 9 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Morris mainly played fullback and never had an effect on the outcome of this game.

2008 Week 1 vs KC (10 / 53 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)

It was a two back show for the Patriots and Morris did his best to stay on pace with Maroney. Not only did he manage to do so, the 31 year old RB outshined the talented youngster with ten rushes for 53 yards, one TD, and five receptions tacked on for an additional 34 yards. His rushing amounts are even more impressive when you consider that he got many of them in thanks to extra efforts and with several Chiefs defenders attached to him.

2008 Week 2 vs NYJ (8 / 0 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Morris ran for a total of zero yards on his eight carries. He did score a one yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

2008 Week 3 vs MIA (9 / 27 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris failed to make the most of his starting job in the wake of Lawrence Maroney's absence other than a 17 yard scamper early in the first quarter. After that, he rushed for ten yards on eight attempts. Again, it was not a good day for anyone on the Patriots rushing offense.

2008 Week 5 vs SF (16 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

RB Sammy Morris was the best pure running back for the Patriots. He hit the holes with power and fought for all of his yardage. He was a key factor in the Patriots being able to eat up so much of the clock and maintain ball control throughout the middle portion of the game. He was stuffed at the line on a third and goal play from the one yard line.

2008 Week 6 vs SD (10 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

With both Laurence Maroney and LaMont Jordan inactive, it was up to Morris and Kevin Faulk to pick up the slack. Morris saw the heavier workload, both in terms of carries and receptions though it's tough to say who the more effective player was. It doesn't matter much, because unless one player really outperformed the other, this is going to be a RBBC between whoever the healthy backs are. Morris was somewhat surprisingly active in the passing game. He took a 28 yard screen pass right to the doorstep of the end zone on New England's opening drive of the second half, but was taken down at the one yard line. He was given a run that went for no gain, and then was thrown to in the end zone on third down, but that fell incomplete. The Patriots were eventually stuffed on fourth down, coming away with nothing. But Morris punched in a garbage time rushing touchdown late in the game as San Diego's defense really softened up.

2008 Week 7 vs DEN (16 / 138 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris received all of the New England first half rushes and spent the first two quarters breaking tackles and eluding tacklers as he accumulated 138 yard on only 16 carries. In addition to picking up longer gains of 14, 20 and 34 yards, the running back scored his fourth touchdown of the year on a four yard run in the second quarter. It was reported near the start of the third quarter that Morris had an injured knee and he did not return to the game.

2008 Week 11 vs NYJ (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris returned from injury to run the ball five times. He ran hard and helped the Patriots in short yardage situations.

2008 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Morris was relied on mainly for short yardage plays, and was for the most part effective. The Patriots relied more on the passing game, however, which limited him to a mere eight carries on the ground.

2008 Week 13 vs PIT (10 / 45 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Morris was the best New England back early in the game. He was able to get a solid five yards a carry in the first half and ended up with just under that for the game. He was able to make the most of his limited opportunities and showed an ability to move the pile. His longest gain was 14 yards. The real issue was the lopsided score and the turnovers which limited time of possession and running opportunities. He had only a minor role in the passing game. In a closer game, he would have likely posted much better numbers.

2008 Week 14 vs SEA (11 / 36 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris led New England in rushing with just 36 yards on 11 carries, but did score from one yard out late in the fourth quarter for the go ahead score.

2008 Week 15 vs OAK (14 / 117 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

RB Sammy Morris was very impressive in the win. He ran with determination and seemed to be able to gain first downs at will.

2008 Week 16 vs ARI (15 / 88 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)

Morris started the game and took a screen pass 44 yards in the first period. He finished the game with 88 yards on 15 carries. He added 45 yards on two receptions. He lost touches in the red zone to Lamont Jordan, and was absent for a few series in the first half, but otherwise played a productive game.

2008 Week 17 vs BUF (24 / 85 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris didn't find the end zone on Sunday on any of his 24 carries; however he did see frequent positive yardage runs en route to 85 yards.

2007 Week 1 vs NYJ (11 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Morris provided a change of pace for the Patriots rushing 11 times 54 total yards. He looked quick and punishing while running and receiving as he also caught two balls for 11 yards. He's a more physical runner than Maroney and looks to have a definite role in this offense.

2007 Week 2 vs SD (10 / 51 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The veteran free agent pick up from Miami has a bigger role in the New England offense than many predicted. He gained 51 yards on ten carries and scored from the three yard line.

2007 Week 3 vs BUF (12 / 46 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris was a key aspect of the Patriots' rushing attack against the Bills. While spelling RB Laurence Maroney, Morris managed 46 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He did not catch the ball during the game.

2007 Week 4 vs CIN (21 / 117 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Morris split carries with RB Kevin Faulk with starter RB Laurence Maroney out with an injury. He carried the ball mostly between the tackles as Faulk was in on mostly passing situations. Morris had a very effective game running the ball as the New England's offensive line dominated the line of the scrimmage. He busted a big play early in the game going 49 yards off the right side and almost scored, but was tackled on the two yard line. Morris would get most of the carries in the first half against an injury depleted Bengals defense who only dressed four healthy linebackers in the game and lost two of them to injuries in the first half. He finished the first half with 13 carries for 98 yards. Morris' night got better in the third quarter as he had a seven yard touchdown run off the left side as the New England offensive line began to take over the game. He added a nice 18 yard pass reception out of the backfield in the fourth quarter to pad his stats. He would finish the half with only 19 more yards in the second half, but he had real nice numbers as he had most of the carries in Maroney's absence.

2007 Week 5 vs CLE (21 / 102 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Morris started his second straight game as Maroney recovers from a groin injury. Morris ran for tough yards against a stubborn Cleveland defense, but still averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Even with Maroney in the lineup, Morris is more likely to get ball at the goal line.

2007 Week 6 vs DAL (10 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris struggled to find any running room. His long run netted three yards. His best run of the day went for eight yards, but was negated by a holding penalty. Morris' nine first half carries totaled 12 yards. Morris was injured early in the second half and did not return. He left the field gingerly with what was diagnosed as a "chest injury."

2006 Week 5 vs NE (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris saw limited action in his first game of the season after serving a four game suspension to start the season. He had two carries for five yards and one target in the passing game but that went for an incompletion.

2006 Week 6 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Morris has become the change of pace and third down rusher for the Dolphins, giving Ronnie Brown a few moments to take a break. Miami would like to see more production from their second running back, as Morris gained only two yards on the ground and just seven more on his only catch. A costly fumble in the third quarter gave the Jets more momentum after their first touchdown, which they converted to their second trip to the end zone on consecutive drives.

2006 Week 7 vs GB (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 44 / 0 rec)

Morris had a big play in the fourth quarter as he caught a short swing pass and took it 44 yards, but fumbled the ball at the end of the run and it rolled out of bounds. The play set up Miami's second touchdown of the game.

2006 Week 9 vs CHI (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

Morris provides Ronnie Brown with an occasional breather and Joey Harrington with a reliable receiver out of the backfield.

2006 Week 10 vs KC (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Morris was a nice change of pace back for the Dolphins occasionally spelling at running back to provide a nice rest for the heavily used Ronnie Brown. He also provided a nice passing outlet for Harrington.

2006 Week 11 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)

Brown was the only running back to get carries in the game and because the Vikings completely shut down the running game, the Dolphins only attempted 12 running plays in the game. Morris did have two catches for two yards in the game.

2006 Week 12 vs DET (12 / 91 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris replaced Ronnie Brown who left a minute into the second half with a left hand injury. He ran right at the Lions' defense, picking up a nice 55 yard gain up the middle and totaled 91 yards on 12 carries in just under a half game of football. Morris lost a fumble in the fourth quarter, but it didn't seem to dash his coaches' confidence as he returned to the game on the next series. There was no word yet on the severity of Ronnie Brown's injury, but Morris looks to be the beneficiary should Brown miss more playing time.

2006 Week 13 vs JAX (12 / 47 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Morris opened the game at running back for the Dolphins. During their opening drive he gained 12 yards on four carries, he was injured, but did return to the game. He was utilized more often than Travis Minor and saw twice as many carries as Minor did. With Miami behind for most of the game, the running backs saw limited action. He did make three receptions for 20 yards on his five targets.

2006 Week 14 vs NE (25 / 123 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)

Morris only had seven carries for 26 yards in the first half and after three quarters, had 15 carries for 40 yards, but exploded in the fourth quarter against a worn down Patriots' defense to take ten carries for 83 yards. Morris looked good out of the backfield, and made the most of his touches, including at the goal line, where he scored from three yards out.

2006 Week 15 vs BUF (20 / 71 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 12 / 0 rec)

Morris started at running back for the Dolphins. The Dolphins opened the game rushing and Morris gained 18 yards and a first down after three consecutive carries. Morris did find running room, but the rushing game was abandoned as the Bills pulled ahead. Morris was also targeted in the passing game, though dropped one of his targets in the third quarter. His catches were of the short variety and he caught five balls for only 12 yards.

2006 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Morris started the game, but saw Ronnie Brown get most of the carries as the game progressed. He made a good effort to convert on third and seven with a seven yard reception. Morris only carried the ball once in the second half as Brown found success on the ground. Morris was targeted four times and caught them all for a total of 23 yards.

2006 Week 17 vs IND (2 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris spelled Brown with two rushes for 19 yards.

2005 Week 1 vs DEN (2 / 14 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris had only two rushes in the game, but he made the most of them, especially his 9 yard TD run. The play was a designed cut-back with Morris heading left, but cutting back right - a play that suspended RB Ricky Williams ran with amazing efficiency in past years. On the cut back, the Miami offensive linemen had made absolutely outstanding seal blocks on the containment defenders, who had over-pursued the play. Morris easily galloped into the end zone since the Broncos failed to provide any safety support for the run defense.

2005 Week 2 vs NYJ (4 / 23 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Morris gained nearly as many yards as Brown on one third of the carries. Morris looked noticeably quicker to the hole, and appeared to be better at "moving the pile" when he did get the call. He isn't much of a threat to Brown's job, but he looked better for this game at least, albeit in very limited duty.

2005 Week 3 vs CAR (5 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Morris came in and spelled Ronnie Brown on a third quarter Dolphins' possession and shared the backfield duties in the fourth quarter with minimal success. He also had a nine yard reception nullified by a holding penalty.

2005 Week 5 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Morris was targeted once in the game and made the reception for eight yards.

2005 Week 6 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Morris had two catches on the last drive of the game and was a non factor.