Alfred Morris RB WAS 15 Days
Morris carried the ball 11 times for a total of 29 yards in Monday's exhibition game against the Browns.
Morris didn't have the greatest average yardage on his carries, which was likely due in part to a stout Browns rushing defense. He's still the clear-cut favorite to be the No. 1 back in Washington, so don't look too closely into these preseason numbers. The No. 2 back, Roy Helu, gained just eight yards on three carries, adding one catch for seven yards.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 21 Days3 Comments
Morris has spent more time improving his receiving skills during training camp, the Washington Post reports. He has 20 catches over his first two years and looks to become a more integral part in the passing attack.
This may led to Morris seeing more time in passing situations. It appears running backs may be more involved in the passing attack than in past years.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 26 Days
Morris gained 27 yards on five carries in Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots.
Morris made his only drive count, until his fifth and final carry was stopped for no gain. Roy Helu got a carry with the first team after Morris toted the ball on three straight plays, but Helu isn't a major threat to the former sixth-rounder in terms of workload. While his inactivity in the passing game puts somewhat of a cap on his ceiling, Morris still figures to be an early-down workhorse in an offense that should be improved from last season.
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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.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 2 Months16 Comments
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.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 5 Months
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.
Alfred Morris RB WAS 8 Months1 Comment
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."
Alfred Morris RB WAS 8 Months
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.