Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Monday, November 23, 2015, 4:57pm
Redskins RB Alfred Morris left the game in the first quarter after aggravating a rib injury suffered the week before. He's considered day-to-day. He didn’t return to action and concluded the day with just two carries for zero yards. Matt Jones and Chris Thompson shared tailback duties in place of Morris, but they combined for only 10 yards on nine carries.
Skins RB Alfred Morris aggravated his rib injury and finished with only two attempts.
The Skins rushed for just 14 yards on 12 carries. For much of the second half, Washington had more penalties than rushing yards and the team was in danger of setting a new franchise low in rushing futility - which was 10 yards set back in 1994. Matt Jones may see a bigger workload next week if Morris is unable to get back on the field for an early afternoon game against the Giants.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden promised to self-scout all areas of his team's operation trying to figure out a way to squeeze out more success. One conclusion: The Redskins are not going to make any changes in their running backs rotation.
“You’re going to see them both play a lot,” Gruden said. “They’re both going to get their touches.”
Gruden's larger point was that he's not going to just blame the running backs and view using one more than the other as the solution to fix their woes. The blocking hasn't always helped, among other factors.
Don't forget, Chris Thompson is getting healthy and although hasn't had the same amount of touches, he's been the team's most productive back when he does get the ball. He's likely to continue his role in the passing game, making this more of a three-headed monster.
Against the Bucs, for the third straight week, Alfred Morris could not get going running the football.
On Sunday he carried six times for five yards. That’s 0.8 yards per carry. That comes on the heels of rushing eight times for 11 yards against the Falcons (1.8 per carry) and 11 for 21 yards (1.9) against the Jets.
If you go by number of carries, Morris remains the lead dog. He has 91 rushing attempts, more than Jones (63) and Thompson (19) combined. But the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league and Gruden can’t overlook Morris’ low production in the past few weeks.
“We've got to get Alfred going, no question about it,” he said. “He didn't get many good looks again yesterday and in the last three weeks it's been rough outings for him as far as the touches that he gets haven't been pretty.”
This continues to be a theme this season. Morris had a real nice Week 1 but since then he's lost work to Jones and Thompson. It’s hard to separate where Morris problems end and those of the entire running game begin. The Redskins have averaged 45 yards per game on the ground over the last three games so nobody has been very productive. So Gruden will continue to try to get carries for both Morris and Jones.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Redskins RB Chris Thompson (back, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 7. He apparently has “significant swelling” in the back. Thompson is very unlikely to play, which should leave extra touches for Matt Jones and Alfred Morris. Jones looks especially sneaky in PPR formats, as he’s expected to take over the passing down work.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (toe) practiced fully Wednesday. Jones apparently “looked good” in practice and is on track to make his return against the Bucs. This puts a dent in the Week 7 outlook for Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson.
To get Alfred Morris going, it will take a couple things. It starts with the blocking; there have been too many backside blocks missed, especially on the right side. And the tight ends haven’t helped consistently, either. Against the Rams they were good; against the Falcons they were not. What would help Morris, I think, is more balance on early downs with the play calling. The Redskins’ play-action game works best when he’s in the lineup: Kirk Cousins has completed 15-of-20 play-action passes when Morris is on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
By the way, that leads me to another topic for a minute. The Redskins are not using as much play-action as I anticipated (and they said). Maybe they would have done more with Robert Griffin III, but the early plan was to use more play-action. Cousins has attempted play-action passes only 16.7 percent of the time, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
The story said the Skins are trying to save Morris, but pointed out he rarely gets run down. The team seems to like to utilize Matt Jones and Chris Thompson so it's created a three-headed backfield where none of the backs are all that safe of fantasy plays. Right now, Jones is probably the best bet because it seems like he's getting the red zone carries which have led to some TDs.
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm
Redskins RB Matt Jones (toe, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 6. The missed practice on Friday is worrisome. If he’s out, both Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson would get a bump in touches.
It was evident the Redskins couldn’t run the ball, but it was even more apparent the lack of snaps Alfred Morris played down the stretch. Two weeks after HC Jay Gruden said Morris should be the “lead dog” in the backfield, the running back once again had the fewest snaps among the team’s three options.
Morris finished with eight carries for 15 yards on 14 snaps, his second lowest snap total since the Giants game in Week 3, which prompted Gruden to make those comments. He finished with eight carries for 15 yards.
“We were stuck in a lot of second-and-eights, a lot of second-and-nines,” Gruden said. “And when that’s the case, we’re not going to be too good with the running game and Alfred is not going to get that many touches. Hopefully in the future next week and the week after that we’ll get him more involved.”
Washington had 20 offensive plays during the fourth quarter and overtime. Morris didn’t receive a single rep in the fourth quarter, but he was on the field for three plays in overtime. The Redskins opted to use Chris Thompson, who had 26 snaps, and Matt Jones, who had 20 snaps, over Morris down the stretch despite their ineffective carries as well. Jones had 11 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown. Thompson rushed for 15 yards on three carries and had 33 receiving yards on six catches.
Chris Thompson had 39 snaps while Jones played 26 snaps in the game. Morris had six carries for 19 yards with his last rush occurring with 6 minutes 54 seconds left in the third quarter. Gruden said Morris’s snaps were limited due to the substitution pattern with Jones and the lack of possessions in the second half playing from behind.
“It was nothing against Alfred, it was just it was Matt Jones’s turn on a couple of those reps and we gave him some carries,” Jay Gruden said. “We intend on splitting the reps up pretty good. Alfred should be the lead dog though. It just didn’t work out that way.”
Jones led the team in carries for a second straight game. He had 11 rushes for 38 yards, but Gruden said Morris should remain as the lead back. Thompson was also a favorite of the coaching staff going back to camp last season when some beat writers thought Roy Helu would lose the job to Thompson. But Thompson got hurt allowing Helu to remain with the team. It will be hard to trust Morris as the solid RB2 he once used to be. He may get the start but it's clear the team is using some other options and are high on both Jones and Thompson.
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