Redskins running back Alfred Morris turned in an excellent rookie season in 2012, running for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns to help the Redskins to the NFC East title.
Morris had the element of surprise working for him early last season as a sixth-round pick who came into the year with modest expectations. He won’t get any such benefits this time around, which makes it a good thing for the Redskins that Morris feels he’s improved across the board over the player he was during his rookie season.
“I’m definitely psyched to get back out there,” Morris said during an appearance on CSN Washington. “I feel better, I feel faster, I feel stronger. I’m a lot smarter, I’m a lot more confident now. So I’m looking to see how this year turns out.”
There’s been no shortage of positivity about Robert Griffin III’s recovery from last season’s knee injury, but a heavy and productive dose of Morris would make it much easier for Washington to avoid putting too much burden on their quarterback. A bigger, stronger and smarter version of the 2012 Morris can provide that dose and that should make it more likely that things turn out well in Washington.