Alfred Morris is taking his talents to Texas to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The former Florida Atlantic running back is signing a two-year contract to play for a rival of the Washington Redskins.
After a fantastic rookie season in 2012, Alfred Morris was by far the steal of the draft when the Redskins selected him in the 6th round. Mike Shanahan has helped create a long list of 1,000 yard running backs during his time with the Denver Broncos.
Terrell Davis, Clinton Portis, Orlandis Gary and Mike Anderson are just a few names. Morris became the featured back in his rookie season after beating out Roy Helu, Evan Royster and Tim Hightower for the job.
Unfortunately for Alfred Morris, Mike Shanahan was fired in 2013 and things went downhill from there. The team hired Jay Gruden, who never seemed fully convinced by Morris’ ability from the moment he got there.
Morris recorded his third straight 1,000 yard season in 2014 but in 2015 he had some competition. Matt Jones began to earn more time and split carries with Morris which hurt his numbers tremendously.
Despite seeing his numbers of carries per season drop from 335 in 2012 to 202 in 2015, Morris still has the most carries by a running back in the NFL since 2012.
Alfred Morris has a great opportunity to revive his career with the Dallas Cowboys, and based on how good their offensive line is, it looks like he made a great decision. Morris is a very patient and crafty running back who can make guys miss and he doesn’t have to use his speed to be successful.
Morris made the right career move and it could pay dividends in the 2016 season.