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Morris Brings Stability To Running Game

Posted Sep 23, 2012

With three NFL starts under his belt, Morris is developing faster than his 263 yards and three touchdowns would suggest.

Despite playing starting off the season 1-2, the Redskins have had early success in the running game, with Alfred Morris keying the ground attack.

In Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Morris rushed 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.  This brings his season and career totals to 263 yards and three touchdowns.

“The days go by, each game week rolls by and I’m just getting more and more comfortable. Just getting used to the scheme,” Morris said postgame. “We are a work in progress just taking it one step at a time, trying to get better each and every day.”

After the offense recorded just 68 total yards in the first half, the Redskins made the halftime adjustments to finish the game with 381 yards.  Morris said the results speak for themselves, and the offense needs to be more consistent.

“Just knowing that we are an explosive offense, we are capable of doing what we did in the second half,” Morris said.  “They weren’t stopping us; we were stopping ourselves.

“[We need to] just make sure we execute.”

In addition to his role in the running game, Morris is a work in progress on pass protection as well.  After yielding only three sacks in the first two weeks of the season, Morris and company allowed six sacks to an aggressive Bengals defense.

“I wasn’t too happy about that,” Morris said bluntly.  “They were tackling him, so I was upset about that, and I don’t like them touching my quarterback.

“[Griffin III]’s tough and he stood in there and kept taking it. He can handle it, he’s a tough guy and he held his own.”

Morris expressed pride in his pass protection, a job that is made both easier and harder with Griffin III’s ability to scramble out of the pocket.

“I don’t think it’s difficult, but you have to expect the unexpected.  Just make sure you stay on your block and finish your block,” Morris said.  “You may think a player is dead or he’s going down and then all of a sudden he just pops back up and he’s still running.”

With his steady production so far, Morris is likely to continue getting the bulk of the carries on offense.  Knowing that he can improve, Morris is eager to start another week of practice in preparation for the Buccaneers in Week 4.

“We just have to continue to work hard and get back to the drawing board,” Morris said.  “Watch film on this game and prepare for the next game.”

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