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The Washington Times expects the Redskins to "tilt away" from the zone-blocking scheme and incorporate more power concepts under new coach Jay Gruden.

Gruden's background is indeed in power running, and Washington's obvious offseason effort to get bigger in the trenches suggests the Shanahans' system will be gradually scrapped. It's something of a concern for Alfred Morris, who also offers very little in the passing game. We like Morris to stay in the 270-carry range this season, but clearing 300 like he did as a rookie is unrealistic with more emphasis on the pass. His YPC average could also take a hit.

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ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes RB Alfred Morris "will still be a factor" in new coach Jay Gruden's offense.

The switch from run-focused OC Kyle Shanahan to the more pass-happy Gruden has some concerned Morris will see his usage numbers decline. Keim does not see it, citing BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 278 carries under Gruden two years ago and the lack of a true passing-down back in Washington as reasons Morris will retain a large share of the workload. Even with the offensive switch, Morris has a good shot to break the 275-carry barrier for the third-straight season.

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden admitted at the NFL meetings that he does not see Alfred Morris as a player who possesses "natural hands," and envisions only "20-25 catches" for Morris in his offense.

Gruden said he "hopes" Morris can catch 20-25 passes, indicating that's Alf's ceiling. It's a growing concern for Morris' fantasy value as the Redskins transition away from Kyle Shanahan's run-foundation offense into Gruden's pass-happy scheme. We may see more of passing-down back Roy Helu and less of Morris, in a BenJarvus Green-Ellis/Giovani Bernard kind of backfield rotation.

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WR Andre Roberts said one of the reasons he signed with the Redskins was because he expects a pass-centric offense.

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Redskins OC Sean McVay expects the team's running game to be remain "very similar" under new coach Jay Gruden.

The 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."

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Alfred Morris rushed 16 times for 62 yards and caught two passes for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Giants.

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Alfred Morris rushed 24 times for 88 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.

Unlike 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.

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Alfred Morris rushed 12 times for just 31 yards in Washington's lopsided Week 14 loss to the Chiefs.

The 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.

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Coach Mike Shanahan blamed Alfred Morris' meager 11 carries from Week 13 on the Giants' gameplan.

After 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.

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Alfred Morris had 11 carries for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 13 loss to the Giants.

Morris 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.