After catching a measly 20 receptions his first two seasons in the NFL, Morris can't blame the Redskins for giving his snaps to other backs on passing downs.
But considering that he was dubbed as the team's best offensive weapon by Griffin, via Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com, it only makes sense that Morris would be provided the opportunity to shore up this weakness.
Talking with Czarda on his role in the passing game, Morris highlighted how he planned to improve as a receiver:
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. 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.
Bolstering Morris' cause on this front is the set of players Washington has backing him up.
In Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk, head coach Jay Gruden has two players who have the requisite speed and quickness to thrive in the open field. Problem is, neither has proved themselves as pass-catchers.
Thompson only had 45 receptions in his collegiate career at Florida State, and Seastrunk only had nine catches at Baylor.
This just leaves Roy Helu. A sure-handed back who had 31 receptions last season, Helu's lack of big-play ability makes it more sensible to try Morris out as a receiver. Of his 87 career receptions, only six have netted more than 20 yards.
Sum it all up, and the Redskins don't have much to lose by giving Morris a gander as the team's third-down back.
Prediction: 30 receptions, 300 yards and two touchdowns.