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#46 RB | 5'10", 218 lbs. | Washington
Birth Date:December 12, 1988 (25 years old) Place of Birth:Pensacola, FL Hometown:Pensacola, FL College:Florida Atlantic
Drafted:Drafted by Washington in 2012 (6/173).
Drafted:Drafted by Washington in 2012 (6/173).
|Assets:||A smashmouth one-cut interior runner. Doesn't go down easily and will lay his shoulder into opponents and bounce off tackles. Does a great job at reading his blocking for an opening, then powers through. Explosive in short-yardage situations.|
|Flaws:||Has only average speed; isn't really a burner, and his somewhat-upright running style is an issue for durability (especially since he lacks great size). Not much a factor in the passing game, despite solid receiving skills. Needs to improve his blocking.|
|Career Potential:||Hard-working featured back.|
Career Honors & Awards
|NFL||Named to play in Pro Bowl||2013 (replacement)|
Movements & Injuries
|5/06/2012||Signed by the Washington Redskins to a four-year contract.|
|4/28/2012||Drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 6th round (173rd Overall) in 2012.|
Redskins likely to keep zone-blocking scheme | 01/18/2014 3:09 PM
NewsRedskins OC Sean McVay expects the team's running game to be remain "very similar" under new coach Jay Gruden.
ImpactThe Redskins are expected to keep their zone-blocking scheme and incorporate the same concepts they ran with Mike Shanahan, relying on a power running game from Alfred Morris and read-option plays with Robert Griffin III. Morris rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons under Shanahan and will continue to be a big part of the offense, with Roy Helu likely remaining in a third down role. "I don't think it will change a lot," McVay said. "The foundation and base principles will remain the same. He'll be the same guy."
Alfred Morris ends season with a dud | 12/29/2013 5:53 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 16 times for 62 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Giants.
Alfred Morris punches in another score | 12/22/2013 6:03 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 24 times for 88 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.
ImpactUnlike the Cowboys, the Redskins are committed to the run in all scenarios. Morris took advantage of that once again, punishing defenders with his between-the-tackles style and plunging in from four yards out in the third quarter. Heading into Week 17, Morris quietly has 260 carries for 1,213 yards and seven touchdowns. He's been a non-PPR beast despite the Redskins' woes this season.
Morris gets the ball only 12 times in loss | 12/08/2013 5:06 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 12 times for just 31 yards in Washington's lopsided Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.
ImpactThe wheels are coming off in Washington, where the Redskins bafflingly never committed to their elite back on the ground despite snowy conditions. The Chiefs did commit to the run game as they raced to a 31-0 lead just 20 minutes into the game. Coach Mike Shanahan and his kid OC Kyle stubbornly stuck with the pass, and it got the Redskins nowhere fast. With the Redskins' season in the toilet and play-calling in the gutter, Morris can't be trusted as more than a mid-range RB2 for the final two weeks of the fantasy playoffs despite his fantastic season up to this point.
Shanny blames Morris' lack of usage on plan | 12/04/2013 8:16 AM
NewsCoach Mike Shanahan blamed Alfred Morris' meager 11 carries from Week 13 on the Giants' gameplan.
ImpactAfter the game, the Giants came out and explicitly said their goal was to stop Morris and make Robert Griffin III beat them. So on the majority of option plays, RG3's (correct) read was to keep the ball. "They decided to take away Alfred Morris," Shanahan said. "And normally they don't always do that." Alf owners shouldn't panic heading into a Week 14 home game against a declining Chiefs defense. He'll be a fine RB1 play in non-PPR formats.
Alfred Morris finds end-zone in Week 13 | 12/01/2013 11:59 PM
NewsAlfred Morris had 11 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 13 loss to the Giants.
ImpactMorris scored on a one-yard carry on the Redskins opening drive of the game, but was a non-factor in the second half. Despite losing significant snaps to third down back Roy Helu, he was surprisingly involved in the passing game this week and added three catches for 27 yards. Morris is on pace for 275 carries, 1, 328 yards, and eight touchdowns through 12 games and will be on the RB1 radar for next week's matchup with the Chiefs.
Alf Morris rushes for 52 yards in MNF loss | 11/25/2013 11:56 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to the 49ers on Monday night.
ImpactMorris wasn't involved in the passing game, and it was the first time he's been held below 93 yards on the ground since Week 6. He'd been held under 71 yards rushing just one time all season before Monday, which shows how good he's been on a bad team. The 49ers, of course, are one of the tougher teams to run on, and it didn't help that the Redskins were trailing by two or more scores for much of the second half. Morris will be back on the RB1 radar next week against the Giants.
Alfred Morris held out of end zone yet again | 11/17/2013 5:42 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 22 times for 93 yards in Sunday's Week 11 loss at Philadelphia.
ImpactIt was a standard day at the office for Morris. He continually broke through tackles with his unique power, breaking off at least 4.0 YPC for the ninth straight game. Of course, his fantasy owners will be disappointed because he failed to catch a pass for the eighth straight game and failed to get in the end zone again. Morris is averaging 91.8 rushing yards per day, but will just be a RB2 against the 49ers rugged run defense in Week 12.
Alfred Morris rolls up 139 yards in loss | 11/07/2013 11:55 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 26 times for 139 yards in Washington's Week 10 loss to the Vikings.
ImpactOnce again, Morris beasted both between the tackles and in the open field. But as has become the theme, he wasn't rewarded with a touchdown. Morris did get two goal-line looks, including one from the one-yard line, but was stymied on both. Otherwise, Washington primarily passed near the Vikings' end zone, and also gave looks to Roy Helu and FB Darrel Young. Morris' lack of touchdowns is frustrating fantasy owners, but there's a good chance his 91.6 rushing yards per game leads the league after Week 10. Morris is averaging 5.18 yards per carry, and has 51 totes over his past two games.
Alfred Morris' owners robbed of huge day | 11/03/2013 5:47 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's Week 9 overtime win over the Chargers.
ImpactIt's a big day that could have been much, much bigger. The Redskins found that a FB dive to Darrel Young worked, and executed that play three times for scores. Those touchdowns easily could have gone to Alf. Regardless, the second-year power back continues to shed tackles and run with impressive power, holding off Roy Helu (two carries) for all early-down work. Morris is on pace for 266 carries, 1,372 yards and 10 touchdowns. He remains a non-PPR beast heading into a nice matchup with the Vikings on Thursday night.
Alfred Morris goes 17/93/1 versus Broncos | 10/27/2013 8:05 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 17 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Washington's Week 8 loss to the Broncos.
ImpactMorris was running all over the Broncos early, but bafflingly got the ball just five times after his early third-quarter score put the Redskins up 14-7 with 11:37 remaining in the third period. Morris did fumble in the fourth, but Washington recovered. Either way, Morris out-touched Roy Helu 17-6, and upped his season yards per carry to 5.23. He remains a borderline RB1 in Washington's hot-and-cold offense.
Alfred Morris kept out of end zone Week 7 | 10/20/2013 5:08 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 19 times for 95 yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Bears.
ImpactThis one is going to make Alf's owners pull their hair out. The Redskins ran at will on the Bears and scored 45 points, but Morris couldn't find the end-zone as he watched Roy Helu score three times. Helu's scores came mostly out of the hurry-up, but it's certainly a concern going forward. Simply put, Helu is earning more and more work as the season moves along. Still, Morris is averaging 5.18 YPC on the season and continues to churn up yards after contact. He's the clear-cut starter and high-end RB2, but one without a ton of upside thanks to his inability in the passing game and Helu's emergence.
Alfred Morris rushed for 81 yards, TD on SNF | 10/14/2013 12:19 AM
NewsAlfred Morris had 16 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown in Sunday night's Week 6 loss to Dallas.
ImpactMorris was held in check for most of the game before breaking off a 45-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. He benefitted from the Redskins moving back to more read-option looks in their offense and didn't appear limited by his pre-bye week rib injury. He was only targeted once by Robert Griffin III and is removed on third downs in favor or Roy Helu. Morris now has three touchdowns through his first five games and is locked in as an RB1 going forward.
Alfred Morris practicing fully this week | 10/09/2013 8:20 PM
NewsAlfred Morris (ribs) is practicing fully this week.
ImpactMorris admits he still feels "some remnants" of his pre-bye week rib injury, but he's not going to miss Week 6. The Redskins visit the Cowboys this week.
Alf Morris (ribs) says he'll play vs. Cowboys | 10/09/2013 1:26 PM
NewsAlfred Morris says his bruised ribs are no longer an issue and he'll play Sunday night against the Cowboys.
Impact"All is well with me," Morris said. "There are some remnants of it. But it's nothing serious, nothing that will hinder me out there playing, so I'm not worried about it." Morris will wear some extra padding around his torso area. He says it's a bit "annoying," but it shouldn't affect his game. Morris ran for 313 yards and four touchdowns in two games against Dallas last season. He's a top-ten fantasy running back play for Week 6.
Alfred Morris was 'full-go' at Monday workout | 10/08/2013 7:53 AM
NewsAlfred Morris (ribs) told ESPN980 that he was a full-go at Monday's practice.
ImpactThe Redskins held a light workout Monday as they came out of their bye. Coach Mike Shanahan didn't speak to reporters and won't file an official injury report until Wednesday, but Morris did participate. It looks like his bruised ribs won't be a major issue this week. Explosive backup and third-down man Roy Helu remains a player worth rostering just in case there's a setback here.
Alfred Morris says his ribs are 'all good' | 10/01/2013 8:17 AM
NewsAlfred Morris downplayed his rib injury Monday.
ImpactMorris was forced out of Sunday's win at Oakland in the third quarter. But X-rays revealed no break and Alf says he's fine. "I mean, a little tender still but nothing serious so I'm all good." The official diagnosis is bruised ribs, an injury that can linger and get aggravated easily. But with the Redskins on a bye, Morris should be ready to go come Week 6. Dynamic backup Roy Helu remains a priority add just in case.
Shanny doesn't comment on Morris injury | 09/30/2013 3:28 PM
NewsRedskins coach Mike Shanahan declined to update Alfred Morris' (ribs) status at Monday's presser.
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ImpactIt means we might not hear anything until next week, as Washington is on bye for Week 5. For what it's worth, Morris said Sunday that he expects to be ready for Week 6. Owners should still be doing their best to add Roy Helu.
Alfred Morris says he will be ready after bye | 09/29/2013 8:41 PM
NewsAlfred Morris told reporters late Sunday his rib injury is not a fracture and he will be ready after Washington's Week 5 bye.
Chris Russell on Twitter
ImpactBoth coach Mike Shanahan and Morris himself said Alf avoided a fracture, according to preliminary X-rays. If it's just a contusion, Morris should indeed be ready to face the Cowboys in Week 6. Morris owners should still have Roy Helu rostered; he should be rostered in all leagues in the event Alf misses more time. Through four games, Morris is on pace for 224 carries, 1,184 yards, and eight touchdowns with 12 receptions. He's a back-end fantasy RB1.
Alfred Morris done for day with injured ribs | 09/29/2013 6:59 PM
NewsAlfred Morris is done for the day in Week 4 at Oakland with a rib injury.
ImpactThe Redskins initially deemed Morris questionable to return. He went to the locker room for X-rays, and emerged without his shoulder pads and in a baseball cap. It's possible the X-rays showed cracked ribs, although that's just speculation based on what's happening. Roy Helu will close out Sunday's game as Washington's primary back. The Redskins have a bye in Week 5.
Alfred Morris exits game with rib contusion | 09/29/2013 6:49 PM
NewsAlfred Morris exited Sunday's Week 4 game with a third-quarter rib injury.
ImpactRoy Helu has taken over as Washington's primary back. The Redskins, for now, are calling Morris' return questionable due to a rib "contusion," or a bruise. He's being taken to the locker room for X-rays to check for a fracture. Morris was moving around very gingerly as he walked along the sideline and into the tunnel. This is why we recommend stashing high-ceiling backups like Helu at the end of fantasy benches.
Morris totals 107 yards on just 13 carries | 09/15/2013 5:09 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 13 times for 107 yards in Washington's Week 2 loss to the Packers, adding two catches for 13 yards.
ImpactMorris was a bright spot for the Redskins on an otherwise discouraging afternoon, gaining five or more yards on seven of his 13 carries. Thus far, Morris has looked every bit the excellent runner he was a rookie, but has found carries hard to come by with the Redskins getting blown out in back-to-back weeks. Until Washington gets its read-option attack into a groove, he'll be more RB2 than RB1.
Alfred Morris finds pay dirt in MNF loss | 09/09/2013 11:11 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed for 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Monday night's Week 1 loss to the Eagles.
Alfred Morris even better this year than last | 08/27/2013 10:06 AM
NewsBeat writer John Keim calls Alfred Morris "a better runner than a year ago."
ImpactAs a sixth-round rookie out of Florida Atlantic last year, Morris ranked second in rushing yards (1,613), second in touchdowns (13) and fifth among feature backs in YPC (4.8). He also avoided/broke 57 tackles and gained 1,001 yards after contact, both good for third-best in ProFootballFocus' rankings. We don't doubt that he can be even better now that he has a year of big-time football under his belt. There aren't going to be any "Shanahanigans" with Morris' role despite the eye-opening play of backup Roy Helu.
Alf Morris totes it four times in tune-up | 08/24/2013 6:06 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed for 16 yards on four carries in the Redskins' third preseason game against the Bills.
ImpactMorris played a couple of series in the regular season dress rehearsal just to get some work in before giving way to Roy Helu. Morris looked like his usual self, showing tremendous patience and turning bottled up runs into positive yards. Through three preseason games, Morris has rushed for 28 yards on eight carries (3.5 YPC). He's locked in as a top-ten fantasy running back.
Alfred Morris has improved as a receiver | 08/14/2013 9:56 AM
NewsCoach Mike Shanahan said Alfred Morris has improved as a receiver.
ImpactMorris caught just 11 passes last season despite playing 789 snaps. "He's elevated his game and he will be able to catch the ball and be a lot more instrumental in our passing game," Shanahan said. Morris will still cede third-down duties to Roy Helu, but it's safe to project a handful more receptions this time around. We know Alf is going to push for 300+ carries and get all the goal-line work in the Redskins' zone-blocking scheme.
Morris avg'd 4.6 YPC on non-zone-read runs | 07/14/2013 11:43 AM
NewsAlfred Morris averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2012 on non-zone-read runs.
ImpactWe've seen it suggested that Morris was purely a product of the Redskins' 2012 zone-read offense, but this statistic supports the more factual notion that he's more than that. Despite a 4.72 forty time coming out of Florida Atlantic, Morris has showed just enough burst, wiggle, and quick cutting ability to have success. His vision and violent tackle breaking are what make him special. In 2012, Pro Football Focus credited only Adrian Peterson (1,369) and Doug Martin (1,005) with more yards after contact than Morris (1,001). Marshawn Lynch (872) and Arian Foster (766) were a distant fourth and fifth, respectively.
Alfred Morris more comfortable in offense | 07/06/2013 10:03 PM
NewsAlfred Morris said he feels more comfortable in the Redskins' offense this season.
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ImpactMorris started all 16 games as a rookie and is entering his second season in OC Kyle Shanahan's system. "Last year, I was going in there lost," Morris said. "This year, having had that experience and gaining that knowledge, I'm a lot more confident."
OC: Alfred Morris best RB I've been around | 06/13/2013 12:39 PM
NewsOffensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Alfred Morris is "as good a back as I've been around."
ImpactThe theory that Morris is an unproven back so he's subject to "Shanahanigans" is unfounded. Alf more than proved himself last year by coming off the pace to win the starting job at training camp and ranking second in the NFL in yards and 12th in YPC. Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison will merely battle for scraps at training camp.
RB Morris is better shape this summer | 05/30/2013 7:02 PM
NewsCoach Mike Shannahan says running back Alfred Morris is in better shape this year.
ImpactDespite reporting to OTAs 10 pounds heavier (five of which he's already lost), Shannahan says his workhorse back "looks great" and "is in better shape" than he was for last year's camp. He also praised Morris for approaching practice the right way, and competing at a high level. As long as he stays healthy, Morris is in for another big season.
Alfred Morris says he left yards on the field | 05/14/2013 8:23 AM
NewsAlfred Morris says he "left a lot of yards on the field last year."
Morris rushes for 80 yards in playoff loss | 01/06/2013 9:06 PM
NewsAlfred Morris rushed 16 times for 80 yards in the Redskins' Wild Card round loss to the Seahawks.
ImpactMorris carried the ball eight times for 49 yards in a dominant first quarter. The Redskins went away from their bell cow, giving him just five totes in the second half while averaging just over two yards per play in the final three quarters. Fantasy's No. 5 back, the rookie finished near the top of the list in yards after contact and forced missed tackles while showing excellent feet and top-notch patience. He should be a borderline first-round pick in 2013 fantasy leagues.
Alfred Morris third in missed tackles caused | 01/05/2013 1:23 PM
NewsAccording to Pro Football Focus, Alfred Morris caused 57 missed tackles in the regular season.
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ImpactThat's third-most in the league behind only Adrian Peterson (64) and Marshawn Lynch (58). While not considered especially elusive, Morris' total is nearly double the 29 missed tackles Arian Foster caused. Morris continues his impressive rookie season on Sunday against the Seahawks' tenth-ranked run defense.
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Carries||26||at Min||Week 10||33|
|Rushing Yards||139||at Min||Week 10||200|
|Rushing TD||1||7 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 16||3|
|Receptions||3||vs. NYG||Week 13||2|
|Receiving Yards||27||vs. NYG||Week 13||20|
|Receiving TD||0||16 times-last:at NYG||last:Week 17||0|
|Total Yards||139||at Min||Week 10||212|
|Total TD||1||7 times-last:vs. Dal||last:Week 16||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Rushing Yards||1613||2012 (Wsh)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||4.8||2012 (Wsh)|
|Rushing TD||13||2012 (Wsh)|
|Receiving Yards||78||2013 (Wsh)|
|Average (Yds/Rec)||8.7*||2013 (Wsh)|
|Total Yards||1690||2012 (Wsh)|
|Total TD||13||2012 (Wsh)|