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By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 10:13am EDT

ESPN reporter John Keim believes that Redskins RB Alfred Morris is the player that will be most critical to the team's success in 2014. Morris - and the entire team - took a step back in 2013, but Keim believes that a rebound is very possible. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The entire key to the Redskins offense this season will be their ability to pass block. If the team can allow Griffin III time to throw, defenses will be forced to adjust. Early signs are promising that Morris could exceed his rookie total yardage figures. Consider Morris a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Aug 18th 11:44pm EDT

Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried the ball 11 times for 29 yards on Monday night against the Browns.

Fantasy Impact: His four straight stopped goal-line totes were laughable. He also dropped a pass from QB Robert Griffin III behind the line of scrimmage, resulting in a fumble that the Browns recovered. Morris' receiving game is still a work in progress by all accounts, but his preseason plodding should be corrected soon. He's a virtual lock for his third straight 1,000 yard rushing campaign, but don't expect to see him hit the 20-catch mark in 2014 just yet.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Aug 17th 11:21am EDT

Redskins RB Alfred Morris has been quietly putting in extra time throughout camp, working on his receiving skills after practice. Morris has drawn rave reviews from the new coaching staff and it would not be a surprise if Morris enjoys an expanded role in 2014. (Source: Washington Times)

Fantasy Impact: Imagine Morris - already a top 15 fantasy back - adding more receptions and taking on a three down role. It's early in the process, but keep an eye on Morris' stat lines over the final three preseason games and target him accordingly in drafts.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Aug 15th 8:06am EDT

Redskins HC Jay Gruden singled out RB Alfred Morris with praise over his work ethic and reliability. Morris looked very comfortable in the team's first preseason game against the Patriots and broke off several chunks of yardage both with handoffs and a screen pass. (Source: Comcast SportsNet)

Fantasy Impact: Morris is probably a little undervalued on draft boards this summer because of the uncertainty of his role under Gruden. If you have the chance to snag Morris, you should strongly consider it. He's young, durable and is being evaluated for a three-down role.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Aug 12th 6:48pm EDT

The RBs practiced making cuts when covered by a linebacker on Tuesday. RB Alfred Morris initially made his cut, but pushed off the linebacker to create separation. After a quick chat with RBs coach Randy Jordan, Morris showed some quick feet and got himself wide open from LB Keenan Robinson, resulting in an easy catch for the back. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: With Morris being one of the team's better pass-blocking backs and a huge emphasis being put on the development of his receiving skills, it brings into question how large of a role the designated third down back will play on offense for the Redskins. As I said before, prepare to see Morris record 20-25 receptions this season, which would be a career-high for him. Bump him up a bit in PPR leagues.

By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 7:12pm EDT

RB Alfred Morris catches passes from RBs coach Randy Jordan everyday before practice. In practices, the back has also played on third downs more frequently than he did last season. On Monday, he had a nice highlight where he turned a swing pass in the flat from QB Robert Griffin III into a nine-yard gain. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Alfred Morris looks to see a slight uptick in value since the team is trying to get him the ball a little bit more. Former HC Mike Shanahan never believed in Morris as a back with any third-down value, but many argued that Morris always had the talent to offer serviceable third-down value and just never had the opportunity to showcase that side of his talent. He's averaged only 10 receptions per season for his career, but it wouldn't be surprising for the back to catch 20-25 passes in 2014.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 4:56pm EDT

Those wondering about a decrease in workload or effectiveness from Redskins RB Alfred Morris should feel reassured by his performance in the team's preseason opener against New England. Morris carried five times for 27 yards before exiting in the first quarter.

Fantasy Impact: Morris should again be viewed as as mid to low-end RB1 in fantasy. If anything, Morris may be asked to play a larger role in the passing game in 2014 and should exceed 1,300 yards and could approach 12-15 total TDs.

By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Jul 27th 9:55am EDT

New HC Jay Gruden recognizes Morris' strengths as a stretch/zone runner. Pundits have speculated that Morris' role will be slightly reduced as Gruden and OC Sean McVay expand the passing game in Washington. (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Don't believe the hype. Gruden will have his team take what is available and Morris should have plenty of opportunities, including some additional draws and an expanded role in the passing game. Any decrease in carries should be offset somewhat by an increased third down role. Expect Morris to again be an effective RB1 in fantasy.

The Fake Football | Aug 22nd
Morris may not return to his rookie year production under Jay Gruden, but the offense should be much better and in turn give Morris more TD opportunities. He's still a safe pick.
The New York Times | Aug 22nd
Improved offense should result in better numbers, just don't expect any passing down love.
Breaking Football | Aug 21st
Morris lacks versatility, which could hurt his overall value in a Jay Gruden system. As long as he scores and keeps his early down role, though, he's golden.
Hatty Waiver Wire Guru | Aug 21st
A new coaching staff in Washington may see less commitment to the run game, but Morris is a top talent and should see the end-zone more frequently in 2014.
The Football Girl | Aug 21st
Paucity of receiving numbers caps his ceiling, but he's a terrific runner.
Legion Report | Aug 21st
Current OC Sean McVay has expressed that the Redskins will more than likely stick with the Shanahan employed zone blocking scheme and read option with Griffin as the offense’s foundation. Gruden brings his pass happy principals to Washington which doesn’t bode well for Morris as he only notched 9 receptions last season, adding to the total of 20 receptions in his two year career. To give you an idea, under the Shananhan Boys the Washington Redskins were a team heavily concentrated on the running game as they ranked 3rd in rushing attempts in 2012 and 13th in rushing attempts in 2013. New HC Jay Gruden allowed Andy Dalton to toss is around an astounding 586 times in Cincinnati. We can expect Morris to be solid in 2014, but not a guy that will have sensational games. With the additional weapons in the passing game, it’s evident that Gruden will take more of an aerial attack in Washington in 2014.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 20th
I believe Morris will still be a valuable RB in 2014 but his upside is severely diminished with the new regime. Expect to see more Roy Helu this season with Morris probably seeing around 270 carries.
Yahoo! Sports | Aug 19th
HC Gruden's love of the pass could see Morris' carries continue to decline in '14
Fantasy Football Maniax | Aug 19th
My big concern with Morris is his ability to thrive in a non-Mike Shanahan scheme. The zone blocking system of Shanahan was tailor made for Morris. He has the talent, but he has to be utilized properly in the running game if he is going to have any fantasy value. He also has no value as a pass catcher.
Win My Fantasy League | Aug 9th
Alfred Morris’ fantasy arrow is pointing up after he proved at the Pro Bowl that he can in fact catch passes out of the backfield and he should also see the biggest lanes of his career with DeSean Jackson in town forcing opposing defenses to respect the pass rather than stacking the box against the run.
FantasySharks | Jul 31st
In our third installment of “Draft Day Dilemma,” we examine Montee Ball and Alfred Morris and tell you which one of these guys is afantasy champ and which one is a fantasychump.
Fantasy Knuckleheads | Jul 9th
Predicting Alfred Morris’ Stats For 2014 Redskins Running Back Alfred Morris has proven a lot during his two years playing in the National Football League. He has gone from unknown sixth round pick out of Florida Atlantic University to a Pro Bowl caliber gem for Washington. Some say that he was merely a product of the Shanahan offensive system. Whether this is true […] Origi...
Rotoprofessor | Jul 7th
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