Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
1 month ago

Morris has a shot to solidify his roster spot in the absence of teammate Darren McFadden, who will likely miss most or all of training camp after undergoing surgery to address a fractured elbow, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morris presumably expected to push McFadden for the starting job after signing with Dallas in late March on a two-year, $3.5 million contract that has approximately $1.8 million in guarantees, including a $1 million signing bonus. While the cap-strapped Cowboys may have had some buyer's remorse once they drafted Ezekiel Elliott, it still seemed that the structure of Morris' contract all but assured the four-year veteran of a roster spot. With Elliott the presumed starter and McFadden now uncertain for Week 1, Morris will likely work with the second-team offense at the beginning of training camp, though he may have to hold off sixth-round rookie Darius Jackson, who put up elite marks in the 40-yard dash (sub-4.4), vertical jump (41 inches) and broad jump (133 inches) while checking in at 6-1, 220 pounds at his pro day. The Cowboys don't have a clear favorite for the backup work on passing downs, as Morris has just 47 career receptions and recently admitted that he's having a tough time learning the pass protections. Lance Dunbar (knee) would be an obvious choice if he were healthy, but he's still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL suffered in October.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
3 months ago

Morris said he doesn't regret his decision to sign in Dallas, even after the Cowboys selected fellow running back Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

There isn't really anything else for Morris to say, as his declining production and modest contract don't leave him in a position to complain or make demands. He was previously expected to compete with Darren McFadden for early-down work, but it now appears Ezekiel Elliott will serve as the lead back. As a likely backup with limited receiving skills, Morris has a difficult path to fantasy relevance. McFadden may end up as the preferred handcuff for the Cowboys' prized rookie.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
4 months ago

Morris has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cowboys, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a disappointing final season in Washington, Morris found an ideal situation to re-establish himself, as the Cowboys have an excellent offensive line but an unimpressive group of running backs. That being said, Darren McFadden played well enough last season to get another crack at the starting job, and Lance Dunbar (knee) is tentatively expected to handle most of the passing-down work. Morris will likely have to compete for his role, but if he's able to earn lead-back duties over McFadden, the situation is ripe for rushing production.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
4 months ago

Morris is scheduled to visit with the Cowboys on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Morris saw his role somewhat reduced by the presence of rookie Matt Jones last season, resulting in his first campaign with under 1,000 rushing yards since entering the league in 2012. With the Redskins opting to move on from Morris, their division rival Cowboys have expressed interest in signing the rugged runner. Whether Morris' visit to Dallas results in anything more concrete remains to be seen, but it's worth noting the parties' mutual interest.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
6 months ago18 Comments

Redskins President Bruce Allen suggested that Morris won't be offered a new contract before the free agency period begins, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's been incredibly productive for us," Allen said. "Free agency is going to be a great test for him. If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we're going to applaud him. If not, we're going to see what happens with us."

EDGE Analysis

Morris likely wants to test the open market, but his declining production and lack of receiving skills may ultimately lead to disappointment. While a return to Washington can't entirely be ruled out, it seems that the team is comfortable moving forward with a running back group led by Matt Jones and pass-catching specialist Chris Thompson.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
6 months ago

Morris carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Morris burst up field for a 19-yard run during the first drive of the second half, helping set up a Kirk Cousins touchdown run. That dynamic was common all season, as the quarterback rushed for more touchdowns than the running back, five to one. Morris was a common pick early in fantasy drafts this season, but delivered the worst season of his career with 806 total yards - just 12 more than rookie Matt Jones. Morris has seen a decrease in yardage in each of his past three season and, with the emergence of Jones, is no guarantee to return to Washington next season.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
7 months ago

Morris closed out the regular season on a high note Sunday in Dallas, rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries while going without a target in the passing game.

EDGE Analysis

The one-dimensional running back finishes 2015 with just 10 catches for 55 yards, but his second 100-yard rushing game of the season allowed Morris to top 800 yards from scrimmage for the fourth straight year. Morris averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry this season, but that number increased to 4.7 on his 50 carries over the last three weeks as the fourth-year running back finally managed to gain some momentum.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
7 months ago

Morris' coach, Jay Gruden, acknowledged that he could choose to rest some key players in Week 17 against the Cowboys, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gruden didn't specifically discuss any players besides Kirk Cousins, but the obvious candidates are Morris, Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, in addition to a number of defensive players and a couple of offensive linemen. Even with Matt Jones (hip) sidelined, Morris managed just 49 yards on 17 carries, with no touchdowns or receptions, in Saturday's 38-24 win over the Eagles.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
7 months ago

Morris rushed 17 times for 49 yards in Saturday's win over the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

Morris carried the load with Matt Jones (hip) out. Even with the additional work he struggled to make anything of the opportunity. He split snaps with Pierre Thomas and Chris Thompson.

Alfred Morris
RB DAL (7)
7 months ago

Morris rushed for 84 yards on 14 carries in Sunday's win over Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Morris put together his second best outing of the season in terms of yards per carry and third best in terms of yards. He failed to find the end zone, however, for the the 13th time this season after scoring his first of 2015 last week. By comparison, quarterback Kirk Cousins has scored five rushing touchdowns this season, including two in the past two weeks. It's seldom worth playing a running back who is getting the short-end of the stick on goal-line carries as compared to his quarterback. Morris is no different.