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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Redskins can't forget Alfred Morris

By John Keim

There's excitement surrounding the new weapons in the Washington Redskins passing game. There's potential there, with DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts to pair with holdovers Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed.

Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris has rushed for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns in his two seasons.
Hold on a minute, says another player. “The run game is always important,” Redskins running back Alfred Morris said. “They’re starting to devalue the running backs, but at the end of the day if you don’t have a ground game, you don’t have any game. That’s my take on it. I might be a little biased. It’s how I feel.”

But Morris is right that the run game, for Washington in particular, remains important. Or, at least, should. Here are some numbers from a story I wrote last week on Morris and the run game that makes it clear of his importance.
It’s not as if the Redskins’ coaches have said anything to suggest the run game won’t be a factor. But Morris never has been one to worry about his workload. “It doesn’t matter whether we get 20 carries a game or 40,” he said. “We just have to make the most of them.” Nor does he feel any different after two seasons and a combined 611 regular-season carries. But one thing that impressed the coaches as a rookie was his ability to withstand punishment and not get worn down. “I’m feeling a lot better, a lot more confident,” Morris said. “Whether it’s the beginning of the season or the end of the season, the beginning of the game or end of the game, I get better and better. That’s just how I am. I’m a workhorse. I can take a heavy workload. It doesn’t really bother me whether I get minimal carries or maximum. It doesn’t matter how much it is. I’m out here to get better and help my team. [But] the more I do, the better I get.”