By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, May 28th 2:08am EDT
Alfred Morris is looking forward to the power run game the team is transitioning to from a zone-blocking scheme, even though he excelled his first three seasons in a zone-blocking game. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Morris was giddy at the opportunity to run the same style he did in college. "You knows what's coming. It's a knockout, drag-out style of play. I don't shy away from contact. It's right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoy it." Morris has rushed for nearly 4,000 career yards in a zone-blocking scheme that requires a lot of cutting. Now he get's the chance to just rush downhill, which he is better suited for. That can only help his value.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, May 15th 3:31pm EDT
ESPN reporter John Keim wrote that "there's a 50 percent chance of an extension happening" for Alfred Morris' contract, which is up after this season. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: He is a solid, smart runner, but is only a two-down back who is inconsistent in the passing game. There's no rush to lock him up now, unless Morris is willing to stay for a relatively cheap price. If Matt Jones carves out a big role for himself this season, then Morris will undoubtedly have to go somewhere else for a big contract.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, May 11th 6:20pm EDT
The Washington Redskins are trying to work out a contract extension with Trent Williams, who is in the last year of his deal. (Source: Pro Football Talk
Fantasy Impact: The talks are going well, supposedly, and McCloughan is making it a point this offseason to "take care of [their] own" and keep around homegrown talent.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, May 11th 5:51pm EDT
ESPN reporter John Keim thinks that Spencer Long will start at right guard to begin the season. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Chris Chester will be challenged by Long to say the least, but Long will give the Redskins a tougher, more physical identity. That is exactly what general manager Scot McCloughan wants. The coaching staff feels that Long improved substantially as last season progressed. He and Brandon Scherff on the right side would prove to be a much stronger duo than what the team had on the right side last year, and should even be physically stronger than the left side of their line this season.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, May 3rd 3:25pm EDT
When Redskins' coach Jay Gruden spoke about how running back Matt Jones' selection would impact the team, he reiterated that Alfred Morris would still be the lead back. "No, no, Alfred won't be affected," Gruden said. "Alfred's still the running back here." (Source: Washington Redskins
Fantasy Impact: Alfred Morris will continue to be the workhorse, with Chris Thompson expected to be the speedy, third-down back. However, Matt Jones is a 230+ pound bruiser who will likely spell Morris on early downs.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Thu, Feb 12th 11:48am EST
ESPN reporter John Keim has said that Alfred Morris' power running style meshes with what line coach Bill Callahan likes to do. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Bill Callahan does prefer power rushers, but his zone blocking scheme worked well in Dallas last year for the speedy, agile DeMarco Murray. Much of the Redskins problems running the ball last year can be attributed to inconsistent run play calls. They tried to merge outside zone runs with a power running philosophy, all while having an offensive line and tight ends who couldn't run block very well. Not to mention, Morris didn't hit his stride until mid-season. Callahan can provide some consistency with the rushing philosophy at the very least. With Helu probably on his way out, the team will likely try to get another third down back in free agency, like Darren Sproles or C.J. Spiller. Frank Gore is another back the team will look at, but he'd be mainly used as Morris insurance. The draft would still be the cheapest option to add some running back depth in the event that Helu leaves, however.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 10:03am EST
Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown in Washington's Week 16 win over the Eagles. Despite numerous injuries along the offensive line, Morris ran the ball with authority and most the most of his opportunities.
Fantasy Impact: Morris should be in line for a better season in 2015 if the Redskins can improve their struggling passing game.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 4:46pm EST
Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried 14 times for 49 yards in Washington's 24-13 loss to the Giants in Week 15. The outing is the latest in a long series of disappointing performances for Morris and the Redskins.
Fantasy Impact: If somehow you started Morris and managed to win your playoff game in Week 15, exercise caution in starting Morris next week. He has consistently delivered below expectations in 2014.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:14pm EST
Redskins RB Alfred Morris had his worst game of the season in Washington's 24-0 loss to St. Louis in Week 14. Morris carried the ball eight times for only six yards and had 17 total yards on the day.
Fantasy Impact: This was a very disappointing start in what has been a very disappointing season for the Redskins feature back. Morris will be a low-end RB2 when Washington travels to New York to face the Giants in Week 15.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Wed, Nov 26th 10:14am EST
The Redskins have benched QB Robert Griffin III and will start Colt McCoy in his place in Week 13. The move may provide an immediate offensive improvement and RB Alfred Morris will play a large role if the team is to move the ball consistently.
Fantasy Impact: Even the threat of an improved passing game will force defenses to play the Redskins differently and open up some running lanes for Morris. Consider Morris a quality RB2 for Week 13.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 9:01pm EST
Washington Redskins' runningback Alfred Morris carried the ball 21 times for 125 yards and a touchdown, while catching one pass for five yards on one target during the team's loss to San Francisco in Week 12.
Fantasy Impact: Easily his best game of a rough season for him. It was his 11th 100-yard rushing performance in his career and he broke of three huge runs of 30, 22, and 16 yards throughout the game. He hasn't looked like the one-cut runner the team has wanted him to be this season, but that changed today. He was able to quickly find the holes the line created for him and showed great burst and little hesitation. The 49ers couldn't slow down Morris neither inside or outside the tackles. Morris should sustain his RB2 value moving forward.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 7:51pm EST
Redskins RB Alfred Morris actually had a solid outing in a Week 11 loss to Tampa Bay. Morris gained 96 yards on the ground and added another 36 yards receiving. Perhaps most encouraging was the fact that Morris ran decisively and harder than he has in recent outings.
Fantasy Impact: Morris should still be considered a low-end RB2 in fantasy play, particularly as the Redskins struggle to find a complementary passing game. Morris and the Redskins have a tough road the next two weeks, playing at San Francisco and Indianapolis.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 31st 10:25am EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris credits some mental adjustments made at halftime of the team's Week 8 win over Dallas for the turnaround in his performance. “I just stopped thinking, started running the ball, honestly,” Morris said. “I feel like we were trying to overcorrect too much, and I decided, hey, you’ve been doing it a long time, so just go out and do it. I decided for myself.” (Source: Washington Post
Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign for Morris' owners who must be disappointed that the normally reliable back has not lived up to expectations in 2014. A cautious wait and see approach is advised but for Week 9 consider Morris a low-end RB2.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Oct 28th 4:14pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris put together a nice outing against Dallas. Morris touched the ball 19 times for 85 yards and a score and put together his first double-digit point performance in several weeks.
Fantasy Impact: Morris is still the Redskins lead back and has favorable matchups in Weeks 9 and 11 and a bye in Week 10. Consider Morris a low-end RB2 and utilize him accordingly.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Oct 25th 7:37pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris has had a poor season and is looking for answers while accepting responsibility for his play. After watching film of the team's Week 7 win over Tennessee, Morris believes that he isn't allowing enough time for his blocks to develop. “I can’t really read it out like I’m supposed to,” Morris explained. “You think it’s nothing, like, ‘Oh, it’s just a tight track.’ But when you really look at it, especially after watching last week’s film, it was like, ‘Man. Geez. If my track was just a little wider, I could’ve pressed that more and set that block up a little better so I can get downhill.’ It’s little things like that. They make a huge difference.” (Source: Washington Times
Fantasy Impact: It won't get any easier for Morris in Week 8. The Redskins will likely have Colt McCoy under center and face a Dallas defense that will be focused on stopping the run and making McCoy beat them through the air. Morris is a low-end RB2 and ideally a bye week replacement or flex option at this point.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 7:47pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried 18 times for 54 yards in Washington's 19-17 win over Tennessee in Week 7. Morris has had a disappointing season, partly due to his role in the new offensive scheme and partly related to the team's struggling offensive line.
Fantasy Impact: If you own Morris, be sure to grab Roy Helu, Jr. for your bench. With another performance or two like this, Helu could see more playing time as he has impressed with his limited opportunities. Even if Morris retains his starting role, he is a marginal RB2 or a decent RB3 at this point.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Oct 17th 11:05am EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris has struggled this season, gaining 86 fewer yards through six weeks than in 2013. In the last three weeks, Morris has not had more than 13 carries in any game. The Redskins have tried to get him the ball more on screens, but he is simply not as well to suited to that role as third-down back Roy Helu, Jr. (Source: Washington Post
Fantasy Impact: Coaches are looking at ways to boost his productivity, but don't expect Morris to return to form until the team is more competitive. With the lead, the Redskins are able to run down the clock and grind away with the ground game. Playing from behind, as the team has for most of 2014 limits Morris' attempts. Morris has a somewhat favorable matchup at home against Tennessee in Week 7.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 7:55pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris had 14 touches for 55 combined rushing-receiving yards in the Redskins 30-20 loss to Arizona.
Fantasy Impact: The Redskins have consistently shown a tendency to abandon the run when playing from behind. With the team playing from behind more often than not, Morris is losing touches. Consider Morris a low-end RB2 as long as the team continues to rely heavily on the pass.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 3:02pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris was touted be a large part of the team's gameplan against Seattle in Week 5. Instead, the Redskins again got away from the run and Morris finished the game with 13 carries for a paltry 29 yards.
Fantasy Impact: The Redskins fell behind early and relied on the passing game in their comeback bid. HC Jay Gruden has not shown a commitment to the running game when playing from behind. Given that the Redskins are routinely playing from behind in 2014, it is a good idea to temper your expectations for Morris moving forward. Consider Morris as a RB2 or strong RB3.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 4:22pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris rarely catches passes, but caught three for 27 yards, including a screen play that went for 26 yards. In all, Morris had 15 touches for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Giants in Week 4. Morris is putting up points, but not getting an ideal number of carries as the team is frequently playing from behind.
Fantasy Impact: Morris faces a touch matchup in Week 5, at home against Seattle. The Redskins figure to fall behind and abandon the run early against the Seahawks, so factor this into your lineup decisions. Morris remains a quality RB2 in Week 5.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 5:25pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried 23 times for 77 yards in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. Morris was relieved by Roy Helu throughout the game and oddly was on the bench for Helu's goal line carry late in the 4th quarter.
Fantasy Impact: This game seems like a missed opportunity for Morris. The Eagles gave up plenty of yards rushing in Week 2 to a Colts team that doesn't have the ground attack the Redskins do. Morris remains a low-end RB1 and should be ready to roll Thursday night against the Giants.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 1:41pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried 20 times for 85 yards and two scores in the team's 41-10 rout of Jacksonville in Week 2. Morris looked very comfortable and made the most of his chances.
Fantasy Impact: Look for the Redskins to rely more heavily on Morris with RG3 out for an extended period. While Cousins had a very promising performance on Sunday, it won't be as easy with team's game planning for him. Morris should continue to produce as a low-tier RB1.
By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 6:57pm EDT
Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden said in regards to his play-calling in Sunday's loss to Houston, "[Redskins' WR DeSean Jackson] competed very well; [Redskins' WR Pierre Garcon] did too - but we've got to utilize those guys a little bit more, but when you say that, you talk about not utilizing your running game. So we've got to have good balance on our team, but it does start with the run game. If I had to do it all over again Sunday, I probably would have run the ball more than I did." (Source: Washington Post
Fantasy Impact: This bodes well for Redskins' RB Alfred Morris who only had 14 carries on Sunday. He was very effective, especially on Washington's lone scoring drive. After the TD, the team focused on passing the ball and phased out the run for the rest of the game. The offense became more unbalanced in the second half since the team went into catch-up mode. Running the ball more though might have prompted the defense to stack the box, thus freeing up the pass. Thankfully, the team will likely go for more of a balanced approach next week vs. Jacksonville, providing that Washington doesn't start losing by a couple possessions. Morris has low-end RB1 value going into next week.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Sat, Sep 6th 10:34pm EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris, along with the offensive line, is critical to the team's hopes of winning in Houston in Week 1. The Redskins cannot afford to fall behind and rely on the pass with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney applying pressure. The Redskins would like to establish the run with Morris and take an early lead, which will relieve some pressure from Houston's potent pass rush. (Source: CSN Washington
Fantasy Impact: Morris is a strong Week 1 play and will see plenty of action. Start him if you have him.
By Scott Ellinwood, Redskins Correspondent, Fri, Aug 22nd 11:56am EDT
Redskins RB Alfred Morris has been very focused on improving his receiving skills this summer. Coaches like what they see from Morris, who in his first two seasons has only caught 20 passes for 155 yards. (Source: Washington Post
Fantasy Impact: Morris may be a more dynamic back in 2014 and benefit from space created by Washington's dynamic receiving corps. Look for Morris to exceed his career totals in 2014.
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.
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