After being drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, running back Alfred Morris was one of the surprises of the 2012 season as a rookie. Had it not been for his teammate, Robert Griffin III, setting the world and the league on fire, Morris would have been in heavy contention for Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Morris ran the ball 335 times last season while staying healthy over all 16 games. With those carries, he rushed for an impressive 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns, good enough for a 4.8 yards per carry average. Morris finished his rookie season second in the league in rushing yards and second in the league in rushing touchdowns as well.
Many people wondered how Morris would perform this season and he has answered, the call, though no one is really focusing on it. Morris only has one 100-yard rushing game this season and the Redskins haven’t been great thus far this season, but he’s been consistent when Washington has given him the rock.
On 91 carries this season, Morris has accrued 472 yards and three touchdowns, good for an impressive 5.2 yards per carry. The biggest knock against Morris this season is simply the fact that they haven’t been giving him the ball all that often. The second-year back has yet to eclipse 20 carries in a game this season, largely because the Redskins have been pass-heavy as they’ve often been playing from behind.
Though their defense will likely continue to have them playing from behind, the Redskins need to make a concerted effort to get Morris the ball. He may be a pick from late in the draft, but he’s the real deal. He’s a tough runner that doesn’t cough up the ball often at all and also has solid speed to break big plays. Morris can help lead them to success, which means they need to give him more opportunity to do so.