Alfred Morris is Poised to Explode in Second Half of 2013
Alfred Morris has posted disappointed numbers considering his high draft price, but expect him to make amends with a superior closing to the season.
If anything, Morris has actually played more efficiently during his second season. He entered Sunday averaging 5.2 yards per carry, up from last year's 4.8 rate. With 93 yards on 17 carries against the Denver Broncos, that improved number held up up.
The problem has been him failing to match last year's massive workload. He received 335 carries last year in an era where such heavily worked running backs have faded out of style. This year, he has yet to get 20 handoffs during a game.
He scored 13 rushing touchdowns last season, but he just gained his fourth in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos. Roy Helu Jr. invaded his territory last weekend and snatched a trio of touchdowns against the Chicago Bears, causing some owners to worry about a committee situation developing in Washington.
Helu has ran for 11 yards on just five carries, so treat that breakout as a fluke rather than a harbinger of things to come. Morris is still the man in Washington.
Morris has not replicated last season's gaudy totals due to Robert Griffin III providing little threat as a supplementary rusher, but he should still be treated as a top-15 back. If he falls into more luck landing goal-line chances, he can bounce back as a No. 1 running back during his final nine games.
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