Morris looks to build on strong week 1 performance
The Washington Redskins selected running back Alfred Morris in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Florida Atlantic University, and he looks to be the latest “Shanahan” type of runner in a long list of successful running backs in the past.
Morris joined the Redskins as the proverbial “dark horse” looking to beat out the likes of Tim Hightower (no longer with the club) Roy Helu Jr., and Evan Royster — all different running backs with different abilities to offer in the one-cut system that the Redskins have implicated since coach Shanahan has taken over. After showing flashes in training camp and in the first two preseason games, Morris was given the nod to start in the redskins 3rd preseason game against the Andrew Luck and the Colts. After a strong performance against the Colts (107 yards on 14 carries with 1 TD), Morris then sat out the last preseason game making him a lock to make the 53 man roster.
With Tim Hightower being cut it gave the Redskins room to put Morris on the team’s roster. Alfred has made the best of every carry he has taken, bringing a new toughness to the Redskins roster and showing not just the Redskins, but the whole entire league that he belongs.
You look back at the success of the running backs that Mike Shanahan has selected to tote the ball for him over the years; guys like Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Tatum Bell, Clinton Portis (twice), Mike Bell, Selvin Young and Peyton Hillis have all had great seasons under Mike Shanahan and it looks like Morris has the opportunity to be the next and latest running back to be added to this prestigious list.
“I don’t shy away from contact…I look for it, when guys try to get in my face about hitting me, I tell them I EAT THAT” Morris said when speaking to Holden and Danny after his preseason game versus the Colts. Alfred’s passion for the game and wanting to get better with every snap drives him to do what he does best, and that’s to win at anything that is put in front of him.
I compare Morris to Maurce Jones-Drew, both built the same, both very physical and both smart with the football. “He could be just like Terrell was for me” said Coach Shanahan of his new running back, which says a lot about how he runs the ball to me.
Seeing Morris carry the ball there is excitement with every touch, and I look forward to watching him this season.