The Washington Redskins were one of the surprise teams during the 2012 NFL season, winning their division and breaking their playoff drought. A lot of the praise went to star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but the team would not have had that success without the help of another rookie in running back Alfred Morris. After a surprise rookie season, can Morris be even better in 2013?
Due to the serious knee injury that Griffin suffered in the playoffs last season, many assume that the Redskins will do a better job of protecting their franchise player. Griffin still has world-class speed that can shred apart defenses, but one hard hit could put him back on the sidelines. Morris will be asked to carry a bigger load in the rushing attack this season to balance things out.
Last season, Morris hit the ground running and put up 1613 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had more success towards the ends of the season, as head coach Mike Shanahan trusted him more. This off-season, Morris has spent a lot of time trying to improve his catching ability as well. Do not be surprised if Griffin and Morris hook up more in the air this season than in 2012.
For a long time, Shanahan has had the reputation of losing faith in a running back quickly. There is always a chance that Morris could struggle and find his way to the bench, but the tools he brings to the table are just too good to pass up. He really is a solid, all-around running back who is already an efficient pass-blocker as well. By being able to do the little things, Morris should be able to keep his spot and continue to improve.
Expect his fantasy football points to increase as his touches to go up in 2013, and for Morris to get a few more passes thrown his way. It won’t be a huge jump from his rookie season, but a healthy Morris should be slightly improved.