Redskins' Morris among top 5 rookies

October, 10, 2012
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Matt Williamson's weekly Rookie Watch column this week features two Washington Redskins players in the top five. At the No. 2 spot, of course, is quarterback Robert Griffin III. But sneaking up from No. 7 to No. 5 this week is running back Alfred Morris, who's gone from a sixth-round draft pick in April to the league's fourth-leading rusher through five weeks. Matt says Morris is perfect for Mike Shanahan's scheme and thinks he should be allowed to run with the job for a while:
Although Morris will never be confused with Adrian Peterson or Trent Richardson, I think Washington should, and will, view Morris as the answer for at least one more year. He has proved capable of being a plus player at the position, and if he continues to show these bell-cow traits, Washington would be best served to use its limited offseason resources to improve other areas.

We shall see, of course. Shanahan can get itchy when it comes to running backs, as we all know. But to this point, Morris has done nothing but justify the faith Shanahan showed in him by making him the Week 1 starter and giving him almost every single running back carry the Redskins have had so far this year.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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