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46 Alfred Morris RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/224 | Birthdate: 12/12/1988 | Birthplace: Pensacola, FL, USA | Team: Washington | College: Florida Atlantic | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 26.99
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Alfred Morris gets goal-line work in blowout win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris saw a big workload yet again Sunday, in a 41-10 win over the Jaguars in Week 2.  

After rumbling for 91 yards without getting into the end zone last week, the team rewarded Morris for his work this time around. He carried the ball 22 times for 85 yards, and found the end zone twice, both from 1 yard out.

Morris has rushed for 176 yards on 4.9 yards per carry, with two touchdowns through the first two games of the season. He will try to keep rolling in Week 3 against the Eagles.


Alfred Morris falls 9 yards shy of 100-yard game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris rushed for nearly 100 yards in the season opener Sunday against the Texans. Unfortunately, the Redskins had trouble putting points on the board, as Washington suffered a 17-6 defeat.

Morris finished Week 1 with 91 rushing yards on 14 carries. His longest rush was a 21-yard carry down to the 1-yard line in the second quarter. However, the Redskins then turned to fullback Darrel Young to finish the drive, as he tallied a 1-yard touchdown run on the next play to give Washington a 6-0 lead. 

Morris had no catches or targets in the game. The Redskins will host the Jaguars in Week 2.


Alfred Morris has knack for scoring TDs in season openers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris has recorded at least one rushing touchdown in each of his first two season openers in the NFL. He will aim for a third straight opener with a touchdown when the Redskins travel to Houston Week 1.

Running backs averaged 108 rushing yards and 17.9 Fantasy points per week against Houston in 2013. Running backs also totaled 14 touchdowns (10 rushing) in 16 games. 

The Redskins have a rookie head coach in Jay Gruden, but one thing that hasn't changed is Morris being the lead back for Washington. He might not get a lot of receptions, but he probably will remain the workhorse running back and lead the team in carries as long as he's healthy. Consider Morris a viable No. 1 Fantasy running back heading into Week 1.


Alfred Morris struggles at goal line Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris rushed for 29 yards on 11 carries in Monday's preseason game against the Browns.

Morris had particular trouble in goal-to-go situations, gaining two yards from the eight-yard line before failing to reach the end zone on four straight carries from three yards or closer, with the last three coming right on the one-yard line. He'll look to bounce back in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.


Alfred Morris drawing rave reviews during training camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Not only has Redskins running back Alfred Morris continued to impress running the football during training camp, he is also making plays in the passing game, according to The Washington Post.

"He’s catching everything," fullback Darrel Young said. "He’s on a hot streak right now, running his routes, doing the little things better."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden refers to Morris as "Steady Eddie" when he is on the field.

"He just comes to work every day, he makes his reads, he makes his cuts, does what he’s supposed to do," Gruden said. "Just about everything about him is an impressive to me -- the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he practices."


Gruden says Alfred Morris 'will get his touches'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) Washington head coach Jay Gruden told the media on Thursday that he's been very impressed with not only Alfred Morris' work ethic this summer but his willingness to let the offense be more pass oriented without complaining. But toward the end of his compliment, Gruden made it clear that Morris will be a big part of the offense. 

"Alfred is a total team player and a total class act and he'll get his touches, no worries about that," Gruden said. 

Gruden's tendency as a play caller has been to throw more often than run, so there's been some concern Morris won't get a big workload considering the coach in charge. 

Gruden also singled out Morris as a quality pass protector along with teammate Roy Helu.  


Alfred Morris averages over 5 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris rushed five times for 27 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots. He carried the ball on a mixture of zone and power runs, showing the diversity new coach Jay Gruden wants to bring to the ground attack, according to CSNWashington.com.

Alfred Morris likes Redskins' running scheme


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The Redskins are moving away from the zone-blocking scheme favored by former coach Mike Shanahan and toward a power-running game. Running back Alfred Morris likes the design of the new running game, which will include elements of both.

"Power is my favorite play, just downhill plays [are] my favorite," he said. "I came out of the offense in college, went to the zone, and I’ve been successful in the zone. Any offense they want to throw at us, I’m able to adapt and adjust to it and fit into it. That’s just the type of guy I am, but I love downhill running so to get the best of both worlds mixed into one, I’m loving it.

"We’ve been running both in here in camp and both have been successful. It’s hit or miss sometimes. Sometimes you’re going to get stopped and that’s just a good play by the defense, but sometimes we have wide-open lanes and we’re running down the sidelines. It’s awesome to get a mixture of both of them in there, which is a first for me because in college, high school, even here it’s either been zone or it’s been downhill running, power I."


Alfred Morris showing surprisingly good hands


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Redskins running back Alfred Morris, who has 20 catches in his first two seasons, might be in for more receptions this year. "He's caught the ball very well, too, which is quite the surprise for us out of the backfield," coach Jay Gruden said of Morris.

Alfred Morris taking wait-and-see approach to new coach


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Redskins featured back Alfred Morris has expressed confidence that he will remain an integral part of the offense this year despite the hiring of former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as head coach.

Gruden, who called the plays for Cincinnati and will do the same in his new job, has been criticized for passing too much. Morris is not jumping to conclusions.

"Yeah, a lot of people have been making comments about coach passing a lot," he said. "But from what we're going in practice, it seems like there's no difference. I'm not worried about it. If my carries do go down that's fine. I'll just have to make the most of the carries I do get ... I can adjust quickly. I'm pretty easy going."

He's also pretty prolific. Morris has rushed for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons combined.


Alfred Morris to see new scheme


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) The Redskins plan to change their philosophy with their run-blocking scheme under new coach Jay Gruden, reports the Washington Times, which could impact Alfred Morris.

The report says the Redskins will move away from the zone-blocking scheme run under former coach Mike Shanahan and incorporate more of a power game. Morris was familiar with a traditional running scheme in college at Florida Atlantic, per the report.

Now, there is a concern for Morris since he rushed for 2,888 yards over his first two seasons under Shanahan, which were more than any other player in the league during that time except Minnesota's Adrian Peterson. And Gruden likes his running backs to be able to catch the ball — something Morris did only 20 times during his first two seasons.

But Morris should still remain in a prominent role on offense and be a candidate for 270-plus carries like he had last season.


RG3 explains why Alfred Morris is key to Washington offense


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2014) Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III said recently that the most important player in the team's offense isn't him -- it's running back Alfred Morris

"With him, defenses have to make a decision whether to puts guys in the box to stop him or leave the box light and allow Alfred to go between the tackles and lure in the safeties," Griffin explained via the official website. "I think it will be interesting to see what defenses do against him."

Morris has done well in his first two seasons, averaging a steady 4.7 yards per carry with 20 touchdowns in 32 games. But he's also worked hard this offseason on becoming a better receiver out of the backfield. 

"I'm just building that trust with the quarterbacks and the coaches to get that confidence that I can catch it to be a viable option in the passing game," Morris said. "Even within myself, I'm building that confidence that I can handle the pressure of a 3rd and 5, and I'm running that choice route to win and catch the ball to keep us on the field. ... Just working hard, making sure I look the ball in before I catch it. I like to run before I secure the ball, but I just have to work on securing the ball before I run."


Alfred Morris ready to participate in passing game


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) Alfred Morris has established himself as the Redskins' primary rushing source, but he says he can do more -- and is ready to do more. Morris told ESPN this week that he wants to be more involved in the team's passing game

"My focus is building confidence in the quarterbacks as well as the coaches to let them know I can catch," he said. "I know I can catch the ball."

Morris did exactly that in the Pro Bowl, snagging four passes for 69 yards in the exhibition game. That came after getting only nine receptions in the regular season. 

Morris admits he has to improve as a route runner and at shedding defenders. Even his coach, Jay Gruden, knows his hands "aren't the most natural" but is hopeful he can work at the role.


Alfred Morris a Fantasy running back worth targeting


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/3/2014) Alfred Morris is near and dear to my heart, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think the Redskins' decision to sign DeSean Jackson will be huge for him. 

What Jackson offers the Redskins is a playmaker with great deep speed -- the kind of speed that forces defenses to play back their safeties so they don't get burned. With D-Jax on one side and a very quick Pierre Garcon on the other, there will probably be few situations where the safeties will drop into the box and "dare" the Redskins to throw like they did last season. 

That opens up a world of possibilities for Morris' stats. 

Now there's some concern that he might get someone taking reps from him this season but I will say this: Morris has done nothing to lose his grip on the primary rushing workload. New head coach Jay Gruden won't mess with him, I don't think. Besides, Gruden was part of the Bengals brain trust that signed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the spring of 2012 and then gave him 278 carries. Morris is better than Green-Ellis, don't you think?

I expect to project Morris for at least 1,300 total yards and at least nine touchdowns this season. He's a Top 15 player for me. 


Why DeSean Jackson is a good fit for Redskins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) DeSean Jackson's skill set will mesh with the Redskins' offense and quarterback Robert Griffin III, according to ESPN.com. "Griffin's ability to throw the deep ball sits well with Jackson's penchant for catching them in the past," the report said. "It's what Jackson does best, and it's why he scares a defense so much. 

"Griffin might not have a laser arm like Michael Vick -- few do -- but it's a very good arm and it's certainly one that should connect with Jackson down the field. Oh, there's also Griffin's ability to extend plays with a group as fast as this one. That, too, should lead to headaches for opposing defensive coordinators in the week leading up to facing this offense."

Jackson joins wideouts Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts and tight end Jordan Reed to give Griffin four dangerous targets. The improved passing game also should open up running lanes for Alfred Morris.


Gruden expects Alfred Morris to improve as receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/26/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings that running back Alfred Morris could contribute more in the passing game this year.

Morris only has 20 catches over two seasons, but he caught four passes for 68 yards in the Pro Bowl.

"He wasn't asked to catch a lot of balls last year or even in college," Gruden said. "You want to have him be an all-around back. His hands aren't the most natural, but that's something you can work on. You don't have to run go routes at halfback. If he can catch a standard check down or a screen pass, he can catch 20-25 balls a year. It just adds to his resume as being one of the top backs in the league. We'll work on him quite a bit as far as catching the ball."


Jay Gruden gives strong assessment of Alfred Morris


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) New Redskins coach Jay Gruden had mostly glowing words for running back Alfred Morris but said the third-year pro could improve as a receiver and as a pass blocker.

“You can tell that Alfred’s got great vision,” Gruden told the team's website. “He’s a great zone scheme runner. He’s got good power, low center of gravity, he runs through the first arm tackles usually, and does a great job securing the ball.”

Gruden said Morris can go to another next level if he improves in the passing game.

“There are some things that Alfred can work on,” he said. “You know, pass blocking, pass catching. There are some things he’s not totally refined yet.”


Robert Griffin III to work with receivers next week


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and his receiving targets will gather in Arizona next week to "knock off some rust and get a jump on offseason workouts," reports the Washington Post. The receivers scheduled to attend include Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, new additions Andre Roberts and David Gettis, tight end Jordan Reed and running backs Alfred Morris, Evan Royster and Chris Thompson.

Alfred Morris' fumbling is 'something to watch'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Counting his fumble in the Pro Bowl, Redskins running back Alfred Morris lost four fumbles in his final four games. ESPN.com notes the fumbles "too often were not the result of some big hit. He just wasn't protecting the ball well."

The website called Morris' fumbling "something to watch early next season." Morris lost three fumbles as a rookie and four in 2013, not counting the Pro Bowl.


McVay: Redskins run game won't change much


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/21/2014) New Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said he doesn't think the run game will change much under his guidance. McVay told ESPN.com that they'll stick with the same fundamentals and base principles they had under former coach Mike Shanahan. 

"Jay [Gruden] does a great job of adjusting to his players," McVay said per ESPN.com. "He doesn't make the player adjust to his scheme."

That should mean more of the zone run scheme the Redskins have used for the past few years, a system Alfred Morris thrived in. 

"He'll be the same guy," McVay said of Morris. "The run game will be very similar."


Alfred Morris a Pro Bowl addition


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Redskins featured back Alfred Morris has been added to the Pro Bowl roster. He will replace either Frank Gore or Marshawn Lynch, whichever moves on to the Super Bowl.

Morris averaged a fine 4.6 yards per carry this season in racking up 1,275 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.


Alfred Morris has 83 total yards


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris ran 16 times for 62 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Giants. He also caught two passes for 21 yards and lost a fumble. 

Morris finishes the season with 1,275 rushing yards -- his second straight season with over 1,00 yards. He only scored seven touchdowns (after scoring 13 in 2012), but did play in all 16 games for the second consecutive year. 

He ran for 90 or more yards seven times this season. 


Alfred Morris a solid Week 17 play


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris has run for 186 yards over the past two games, scoring a touchdown in Week 16 (his seventh rushing touchdown of the season). And while Morris has a long list of positives over the course of the season (including 1,213 rushing yards), none may be as important as his numbers in these past two games, since Kirk Cousins took over at quarterback from Robert Griffin III. 

Morris' matchup in Week 17 also provieds a boost to his value. The Giants have been decent against the run overall this season, but they've struggled in the last three games. Opposing running backs have scored five touchdowns in that three-game span, with Ryan Mathews and Joique Bell both going over 90 rushing yards. Four running backs have scored 15 or more Fantasy points in standard leagues in the last three games against the Giants. 

Morris isn't a real threat to go for 25 Fantasy points, but he has been solid since Cousins took over, and is a good bet to hit double digits in standard and PPR formats. He can be started in most leagues. 


Alfred Morris punches one in Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Washington running back Alfred Morris punched in a score Week 16 against the Cowboys.

Morris finished the game with 88 yards on 24 rushes. He was a big part a scoring drive in the third quarter. Morris was involved on five of the team's seven plays on the drive, which ended with Morris scoring a 4 yard touchdown. He was clearly a big part of the team's gameplan, despite averaging under 4 yards a carry.

Morris will take on the Giants Week 17.


Alfred Morris ready to run wild Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Washington running back Alfred Morris is ready to run wild over the Cowboys Week 16.

Dallas has been the worst team in the league against running backs, allowing them to average 23.71 Fantasy points per game. Yardage is a big reason for that horrible ranking. Opposing runners have averaged 115.36 rushing yards per game against the Cowboys, which is the third worst figure against the run. Through 14 games, the team has given up 15 rushing touchdowns.

In the first matchup between the two teams this year, Morris rushed for 81 yards and a score. In his short career, Morris has already dominated the Cowboys. In three career games, he's scored five touchdowns and averaged 131.3 yards per game against Dallas. Given Dallas' struggles this season, and Morris' history against them, it would be foolish to put Morris on the bench Week 16.