It’s fair to say that the 2012 draft worked out well for the Washington Redskins.
You’ve probably heard a little bit about quarterback Robert Griffin III by now, but the second overall pick hasn’t been the only first-year player to light things up on offense. Running back Alfred Morris turned in a tremendous season after being selected in the sixth round and his final game of the regular season was good enough to land him NFC offensive rookie of the month honors.
Morris ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night’s NFC East-clinching 28-18 victory over the Cowboys. Two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as the Redskins were trying to hold off Dallas and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The grand finale left Morris with 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, results that shouldn’t be lost in all the RG3 love when talking about Washington’s change of fortunes in the second half this season.
Morris and Griffin are the first rookie running back/quarterback tandem to win offensive player of the week in the same season.