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Alfred Morris likely to start for Redskins

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Mike Shanahan has spun his running back wheel of fortune and it seems to have landed on rookie Alfred Morris.

The sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic is likely to start against the Saints on Sunday, according to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN. The report comes from a conversation with a team official and is careful to stress that this is just an expectation. Given Shanahan’s history with running backs, it’s best to keep depth charts at the position in pencil for as long as possible.

Evan Royster was put at the top of said depth chart this week, but even he wasn’t buying that Shanahan would actually be sticking to that come Sunday. But Royster, Roy Helu and any other running back that joins the team this season shouldn’t fret. The Redskins have indicated they’ll be riding the hot hand at running back this season, which suggests there will be chances for everyone before too long.

Morris had an impressive outing against the Colts in the preseason and looked good during practices as well. That likely helped the team decide to cut Tim Hightower and go with Morris as a regular part of the rotation in the regular season. How regular a part will be determined on the field, but, for now, it looks like Morris will get the first chance to make a first impression.

If it comes to pass, the Redskins will join the Browns with rookie starters at quarterback and tailback in Week One.

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6 Responses to “Alfred Morris likely to start for Redskins”
  1. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    Redskins are rushing for 250 yds+ and are gonna run that clock, then BAM, RGIII goes over the top burning the Saints secondary. Redskins 37, Saints 21.

  2. pepsilvia says: Sep 9, 2012 11:47 AM

    Pumped to see what this kid can do on Sundays. I know the others can produce but this kid is such a force.

  3. Magyver says: Sep 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    Ha ha, you must be talkin’ fantasy football!

  4. starfan79 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:22 PM

    I drafted him in the 15th round this year cause of 3 plays I saw in the pre season. I did the same with fast Willie Parker, Larry Johnson and Peyton Hillis… Hopefully my eye is still sharp!

  5. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    Scooped up Morris after I saw him play in the PS. I thought to myself, “Self, this is the type of guy Shanny likes.”

    I look at the horrible Saints run-d, and I’m tempted to start Morris at flex.

    Then I remember Shanny is still the HC. Morris on bench.

  6. pepsilvia says: Sep 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    i picked him up at the draft in almost all my leagues. people said ” hes pry not even gonna play” now they are trying to trade.

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