Redskins RB Alfred Morris came away from the team's first preseason game with a sense of encouragement because of the way his coaches used him, and how he performed.
“It’s definitely exciting,” he said on Monday. “Being a running back, you want to have a chance to help your team succeed, and for them to come out and put it on the ground so much, plus have success, so they were like, ‘Hey, we’re making the right decision. We should keep doing this.’ Just to keep us involved, especially since running backs are being devalued around the league, just to have a new coach to come in and see our ability and allow us to go out there and have some fun, and to compete.”
In the 10-play series that the starting offense played, Morris had his number called six times – five as a runner, and once as a pass-catcher. Morris rushed for 27 yards on five carries. The pass his way was an incompletion. Everyone assumed that Washington would throw more, thus hurting the fantasy value of Morris who has yet to be a part of the passing game. But that hasn't really been the case, and as we pointed out, Gruden's past passing percentage isn't that far off what Washington has done in recent seasons anyway. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2.