Alfred Morris, RB, Redskins
|RB - #19||40.71||WAS||Active||3 years||25||5'10||218||@Trey_Deuces|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-05-2014 by Larry Goldstein
Alfred Morris has quietly been one of the most consistent backs since being drafted in the sixth round out of Florida Atlantic by the Redskins in the 2012 draft. He only trails Adrian Peterson in rushing yards from scrimmage over the last two years. Morris has a knack for extending runs and getting the most out of every touch as evidenced by his career 4.7 YPC. It is his non-use in the passing game that has fantasy owners cautious going into this season. He has been targeted a microscopic 28 times in 32 career games and new head coach Jay Gruden has already stated that he doesn't see Morris as a player that possesses natural hands. Gruden has more of a pass-first mentality than the prior regime, meaning that Morris could potentially see less total touches than he grew accustomed to under Mike Shanahan. Morris is also a product of the prior regime, meaning Gruden may be less than patient with Morris's frequent fumbles (seven lost fumbles over two years). While no running back on the roster is expected to challenge Morris for his role of grinding out yards between the tackles, it is unlikely that Morris will maintain his two year averages in runs and yards. As the 16th running back (41.46 ADP) off the board, you could do worse, but if RG3 starts stealing goal-line carries and Gruden calls formations for running backs more comfortable in the passing game, you may find yourself disappointed with Morris.
Editor's note: New regimes have new priorities. It's very possible that Gruden opts to give guys like Roy Helu and rookie Lache Seastrunk a piece of the action on third downs and other passing situations. Morris should keep his playing time locked up on first and second down though. He retains the most value in standard leagues of course since he brings very little to the table as a pass-catcher.
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts with the quarterback. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay has said, "I think he's done a really good job on working on his mechanics, his footwork and his delivery." The Redskins are coming off a 3-13 season and can only move upward.
Last year the whole Redskin offense was out of whack. There were quarters in which the offense halted and the defense gave up a considerable amount of points. There was no flow. With the statements that are coming out of camp, it sounds like they may have found their flow. Griffin hasn't hit his prime yet and with the addition of Desean Jackson, I can really see the whole offense performing well. This is a good sign for to-be owners of any plays on the Redskin offense.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III feels the team is improving
7/19 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III says HC Jay Gruden's offense is similar to Mike Shanahan's
7/11 - RB Alfred Morris is the Redskins' biggest offensive weapon, Robert Griffin III says
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|2.11||FFToolbox - Ben Standig - PPR isn't the ideal format for the Redskins runner, but Morris is a safer bet then the remaining options. Oh, he's also really good and should receive plenty of opportunities.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|2.09||Zach Law on Sports|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|2.06||BFDFantasy - Surprised he fell to me here. Worried abut his receptions... Thinking about Jackson or Bush|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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