Alfred MorrisRB DAL (7) 5 days ago5 Comments
Morris tallied 85 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and secured one of two targets for 15 yards in Friday's 41-14 preseason victory over the Dolphins.
The veteran running back made a splash in his first game in Cowboys Stadium, capping off Tony Romo's second and final drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Morris showed impressive vision and burst on the play, pivoting out from behind a mass of bodies in the center of the field and shooting up left guard for his jaunt into the end zone. The former Redskin also added a 20-yard run during what was extensive playing time with 2016 first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring) sitting out his second straight preseason contest. Morris' night certainly provided plenty of reason for optimism that the Cowboys running game will be in very good shape once Elliott is able to join Morris on the field.
Alfred MorrisRB DAL (7) 2 weeks ago
Morris gained 11 yards on three carries in Saturday's 28-24 preseason loss to the Rams. He also totaled 12 yards on his sole catch.
The veteran back got the start and received his three carries on the opening possession before giving way to sixth-round pick Darius Jackson in the second drive. Morris ripped off a gain of nine yards on his first tote in a Cowboys uniform and then pitched in with a key third-down conversion by gaining 12 yards on his sole reception down to the Rams' 15-yard line. It was an encouraging start for Morris, who's importance to the team received a boost due to Darren McFadden's elbow injury that is expected to keep him out for the foreseeable future.
Alfred MorrisRB DAL (7) 2 months 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.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 4 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.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 5 months ago
Morris has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cowboys, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 5 months ago
Morris is scheduled to visit with the Cowboys on Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 7 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."
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 7 months ago
Morris carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 8 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.
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 MorrisRB DAL (7) 8 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.
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.