While Redskins RB Alfred Morris has proven fully capable of carrying a heavy workload on the ground, he has been preparing himself both mentally and physically for a larger role in the passing game.
“I’m just building that trust with the quarterbacks and the coaches to get that confidence that I can catch it to be a viable option in the passing game,” Morris said. “Even within myself, I’m building that confidence that I can handle the pressure of a 3rd and 5, and I’m running that choice route to win and catch the ball to keep us on the field.
“It comes down to confidence in myself, confidence of the coaches and quarterbacks in me. Just working hard, making sure I look the ball in before I catch it. I like to run before I secure the ball, but I just have to work on securing the ball before I run.”
We've heard this song before, but there's a new coaching staff in town, so Morris may get a chance to work into a larger role in the passing game. There has also been talk of Roy Helu seeing a bigger role since new HC Jay Gruden used two running backs last year while he was coordinating the Bengals' offense. We're projecting Morris for a career high 23 catches, which is still very below average for a starting running back.