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Alfred Morris will be the driving force of 2013's offense.
Alfred Morris won't quite hit the heights of 2012's superb 1,613 yard output, but he will still be the driving force of this season's offense. As a rookie, Morris had the benefit of defenses looking first to Griffin and planning for his potential to take off on the run.
If Griffin's mobility is not what it was pre-knee surgery, or defenses take it away more often, Morris is sure to face greater attention. However, just because opponents know the run is coming, it does not mean they can stop it.
Shanahan has turned the zone-running scheme—particularly the stretch run—into an art form, and Morris is fast becoming an expert practitioner. He is disciplined enough to follow the pattern of the blocking in front of him, but more importantly, is still decisive enough to quickly attack holes.
Morris has that knack for anticipating creases before they have fully developed. Like Shanahan's best zone-runners, Morris makes short work of getting to the second level of a defense.
Once there, his natural power often makes linebackers and defensive backs dread the idea of tackling him. With those attributes intact and aided by precise, efficient blocking, Morris is a good bet to again top 1,000 yards.
Having greater competition at his position will also help the work-heavy second-year pro. In 2012, there was nobody to share carries or take third down duties away from Morris. Now the Redskins have a fit again Helu, as well as Jamison and Royster to split the load.
If his yards are down, it won't be by much, and Morris should even improve on his 13 touchdowns as a rookie.
WINNER: Alfred Morris