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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%: 100/90 | Average Draft Position: 19.01
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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.


Alfred Morris makes most of good matchup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris went without a touchdown for the fifth time in six games Week 15 at Atlanta, but he got back to his usual rushing line after averaging 36.3 yards in his previous three games. Taking advantage of a defense that entered the game ranked 30th against the run, he picked up 98 yards on 18 carries.

And that was with the Redskins trailing much of the second half.

Granted, Morris took a back seat when they were trailing, which is exactly what happened in his previous three games, but he was so productive in the first half, picking up 75 yards on 11 carries, that it didn't impact his final line too much. Of course, he did lose two fumbles in the game, but he was clearly the Redskins' only choice to run the ball. Roy Helu had the Redskins' only other three carries, picking up 5 yards.

The Redskins offense looked better with Kirk Cousins under center for the first time this season, allowing Morris to stay involved a little longer. He'll hope it continues Week 16 against the Cowboys. 


If not now for Alfred Morris, then when?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/11/2013) After emerging as one of the most reliable running backs in Fantasy over the first 11 weeks of the season, the Redskins' Alfred Morris has been a dud over the last three, averaging 13.0 carries for 36.3 yards. Granted, he was facing decent run defenses during that time, but his struggles likely had more to do with the Redskins falling behind big and having to abandon the running game.

If there was ever a Morris for him to bounce back, it's Week 15 at Atlanta. The Falcons rank 30th against the run, allowing 133.6 yards per game and 4.6 yards per carry, and have surrendered the sixth-most Fantasy points to running backs. And they're in a rut of their own, averaging 18.4 points over their last seven games, which means they're not a big threat to pull away.

But given the state of the Redskins right now, the matchup may be irrelevant. They just made a change at quarterback, their coach is a sitting duck, and they played without conviction in a blowout loss to the Chiefs last week. Even the Falcons have a shot at eliminating Morris from the game plan.

That said, if you can't rely on him now in Fantasy, when can you? All three of the CBSSports.com Fantasy Football analysts seem willing, with Nathan Zegura ranking him the highest at third among running backs and Dave Richard ranking him the lowest at 17th.


Alfred Morris becomes afterthought in blowout


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2013) Alfred Morris' attempt to bounce back from a miserable 26-yard effort against the Giants last week was over before it really got started Week 14 against Kansas City. After the Chiefs scored on their first three drives to go up 17-0, Morris became an afterthought on offense. He had five carries for 17 yards before that point and seven carries for 14 yards after.

Trailing 38-10 at halftime, the Redskins more or less abandoned the running game, giving Morris just three carries from that point forward. Week 14 was Morris' third straight game with fewer than 15 carries. Two of them were lopsided losses.

Morris will attempt to get back on track in what looks to be a much more favorable matchup Week 15 at Atlanta.


Not the worst matchup for Alfred Morris


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) At first glance, Alfred Morris' matchup Week 14 against Kansas City appears to be an unfavorable one. After all, it's the Chiefs. Their defense took the Fantasy world by storm with its opportunistic play over the first nine weeks.

But statistically, the Chiefs haven't fared well against the run this season. They rank 21st, giving up 117.3 yards per game and an eyebrow-raising 4.6 yards per carry. As with their suspect ranking against the pass, the Chiefs' poor performance against the run is mostly isolated to two games, Week 3 at Philadelphia and Week 9 at Buffalo, but still, they've shown they can be beat.

So is Morris a candidate to beat them? Well, he doesn't have the big-play ability of a LeSean McCoy or C.J. Spiller and is coming off a couple miserable weeks against the 49ers and Giants, but he remains the Redskins' most consistent offensive weapon. If the game remains relatively close, he'll get his carries.

Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all seem willing to trust in Morris this week, ranking him among their top 15 running backs.


Mike Shanahan tries to explain Alfred Morris' disappearance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) After workhorse running back Alfred Morris barely touched the ball in the second half vs. the Giants, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was asked repeatedly by reporters to explain why. Morris got two carries in the second half and finished with 11 totes for 26 yards and a touchdown. 

At no time in the game did Washington trail by more than one score.

“Well, that has to do with third downs, Shanahan said, per the Washington Post. "When you don’t get the opportunity to have a bunch of plays in that second half — like we didn’t — you don’t have the opportunity to run that many plays. 

"In that second half, I think in the first drive even though we went 50-some yards, I think we had 30 yards in penalties," he added. "And then you get a couple of three plays and out, and there’s a couple of situations where you have some penalties and you’re in long yardage situations and you’re trying to get first downs. So that’s why you don’t get the number of carries.”

Shanahan also noted the team wasn't having any success with Morris, though he did score on a 1-yard plunge early.

Morris has a total of 25 carries the past two weeks after getting 73 carries over the previous three games.


Alfred Morris vanishes from game plan


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris finished with a season-low 26 rushing yards on 11 carries in the loss to the Giants. He did not carry the ball after a holding call wiped out his 6-yard run with 8:36 left in the third quarter.

Morris did score his sixth touchdown on a 1-yard lunge in the first quarter. And he caught a career-best three passes for 27 yards despite entering the game with three catches all season. 

But he only got two carries after halftime. Coach Mike Shanahan said Morris disappeared because the Redskins didn't run many plays in the second half and they weren't running the ball well anyway.

Morris plays the Chiefs in Week 14.


Alfred Morris can't get going against San Francisco


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Redskins running back Alfred Morris failed to get going as he was stuffed by San Francisco’s defense, leading to one of his worst rushing performances of the season in Week 12 against the 49ers on Monday night.

Morris broke for a 12-yard run in the second quarter for his longest gain of the night. With the game out of hand, Morris only received three carries in the second half. He had 14 carries for a game-high 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) in a 27-6 defeat.

Morris was held under 55 rushing yards for the second time this season. He has 970 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the year. He'll look to get back on track at home against the Giants in Week 13.

Alfred Morris can't find the end zone


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/17/2013) With 93 yards on 22 carries, Redskins running back Alfred Morris put together his fifth straight game with at least 90 rushing yards Week 11 at Philadelphia, averaging 108.2 during that stretch. But for the second straight game, he was kept out of the end zone, reduced to playing a spectator role with the Redskins in catch-up mode much of the second half.

Of those 93 rushing yards, 86 came in the first half, before the Redskins had to abandon the running game. As usual, Morris was a non-factor in the passing game, going without a catch for the eighth straight game.

Morris will look to play a bigger role from start to finish Week 12 against the 49ers.


Alfred Morris as advisable as ever


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/12/2013) If not for touchdown vultures like Darrel Young and Roy Helu in recent weeks, the Redskins' Alfred Morris might be the top running back in Fantasy by now. He has run for at least 90 yards in four straight games, averaging 112.0 per game.

So naturally, he's a must-start Week 11 at Philadelphia. The Eagles rank in the middle of the pack against the run, but that's usually because they're getting beat by the pass. As long as the Redskins don't fall behind early -- as happened in Week 1, when Morris had only 45 yards on 12 carries against these same Eagles -- they should continue with the balanced approach they've used the last week few weeks.

In three games against the Eagles over the last two years, Morris has averaged 70.7 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns. As hot as he's been the last four weeks, Jamey Eisenberg, Dave Richard and Nathan Zegura all expect him to exceed those numbers in Week 11, ranking him among their top 10 at running back.