Despite nearly 3,000 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns, and a Pro Bowl appearance in two seasons — all of which have embedded him into top running back discussions –
That mentality starts in practice where he simulates game-like speed.
Morris burst onto the season during the 2012 preseason, when, in three games, he ran for 195 yards on 39 carries, proving that regardless of being a sixth-round pick, he had the talent to keep up with the veteran players.
After earning the starting nod against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 of his rookie season, Morris helped the Redskins eclipse the 40-point mark for the first time since Week 7 of the 2005 season when he ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns in his professional debut.
It was the start of a “fun ride” for Morris.
“It’s been a whirlwind, really,” Morris explained of his first two seasons. “It’s been a blur almost, but it’s definitely been fun and a roller coaster ride.
“First year, we had some ups. Last year, we had some down times, but overall it’s been fun, and I’m excited about this upcoming year about what we have accomplished, I’m so excited about the future for us.”
In fact, Griffin III said any teams that focus on the Redskins’ passing game and forget about Morris in the backfield will be making a huge mistake.
“I think everyone would lean towards DeSean or Pierre or Jordan Reed,” Griffin III said when asked who the biggest weapon in the Redskins’ offense is. “I think it’s Alfred. With him, defenses have to make a decision whether to puts guys in the box to stop him or leave the box light and allow Alfred to go between the tackles and lure in the safeties. I think it will be interesting to see what defenses do against him.”
Although the combination will cause opposing defenses to worry on gamedays in the fall, Morris said their work together — which started during the offseason — must be augmented by an unparalleled will to succeed.
“It comes down to execution, focus and how bad do we really want it.” Morris said. “We just have to stick together as a family and go out there and work for each other.
“It takes all of us doing our job, and if one person isn’t doing their job it makes a difference of being a big play or a loss, so we all just have to go out there each play, each day and be all 11 together. We all have a job to do so we all have to go out there and do it.”
While Morris has proven fully capable of carrying a heavy workload on the ground, he has been preparing himself both mentally and physically for a larger role in the passing game.
“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,” Morris said. “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.”
Whether he’s carrying the ball 10 times or 30 and being an active threat in the passing game or not, Morris said his goal for the season is simple: win.
“My mindset is always winning no matter who we are playing, no matter what our record is, or what I am doing individually,” Morris said. “We’re winning every game, that’s my mindset. I do everything I can to help my team accomplish that goal of winning every game.”