Why Alfred Morris, Not RG3, is Most Impressive Redskins Rookie

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins hands the ball off to running back Alfred Morris #46 during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Alfred Morris has been the most impressive rookie for the Washington Redskins. It's true.

That isn't to take anything away from Robert Griffin III, who has had a great debut. But when compared to Morris, his story doesn't measure up.

Check it out.


Morris won over Mike Shanahan

Shanahan hates him some fantasy football and running backs. He consistently messes with the public by shuffling his starting backs, ruining Sundays for owners all over the country.

Morris seems to have accomplished the impossible. Besides being named the starter, he's amassed 376 yards in four games by averaging 4.6 yards a carry with four scores. He continued on his tear with 115 yards on 19 carries against the Atlanta Falcons.

There hasn't been much of a chance for Shanahan to mess with the fantasy-playing public. The fantasy curmudgeon has been forced to ride one running back, allowing fantasy owners to sleep in on Sunday mornings instead of searching for the latest starter update.


Different expectations

RG3 was anointed a messiah before he was drafted. He was named Washington's starter while in New York to accept the Heisman trophy. 

Morris wasn't given the same reception. He wasn't selected until the sixth round and presumably would reside behind Roy Helu , Evan Royster  and Tim Hightower  on the depth chart.

He would have none of it. He excelled during the preseason and was already the starting running back when he sat out the final preseason game.

Morris is a true underdog story, complete with sappy music and a corny ending.


No fumbles

Running backs needs to make plays, but they also need to take care of the football. Break that trust and you'll quickly find yourself on the bench.

Morris has handled the ball 103 times without turning over the rock. RG3 has done well to only throw one interception, but he has put the ball on the carpet three times.


Will Morris overtake Griffin as the face of the franchise? Of course not. However, Morris' year is actually more impressive than his quarterback's when all the factors are taken into account.