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Alfred Morris about to join elite company


Alfred Morris about to join elite company

With 18 more yards, rookie Alfred Morris will join rare company in Redskins’ history. 

Ten running backs have reached the 1,000-yard plateau wearing burgundy and gold. Morris is poised to become No. 11 – and the first since Clinton Portis in 2008 – against the Giants on Monday Night Football. If he gets there, as expected, Morris' 2012 campaign would become the 23rd 1,000-yard rushing season in Redskins' history.

“I guess you could say that,” Morris said, asked if he’s exceeded his own expectations. “I didn’t think stuff was going to come this fast. I thought I was slowly going to get into it, but my opportunity came a lot sooner.”

And the sixth round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic was ready to run with it. On his current pace, in fact, Morris would eclipse the 1,400-yard mark, which could put him among the top three rushing seasons in Redskins’ history.

“It’s an honor to be mentioned with great running backs like Clinton Portis,” Morris said, referring to Portis’ 1,500-yard season four years ago. “I’m a huge fan.”

Morris’ accomplishments have been somewhat overshadowed this season by fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, who is starting to garner MVP mentions. But it’s going to get harder to look past the running back’s contributions as the historical significance of his season increases in the coming weeks.

Entering this week’s games, Morris ranks fifth in the league in yards (982), sixth in carries (208) and 13th in yards per carry (4.7). Washington’s 1,792 yards on the ground are second in the NFL to San Francisco’s 1,797.

Morris’ 89.3 yards per game, meantime, currently ranks as the seventh highest single season mark in franchise history among running backs who played at least 11 games. The running backs in front of him? Larry Brown, Portis, Stephen Davis, John Riggins.

That’s it.

“Wow,” Morris added. “It’s such a storied franchise. A lot of big names have come through here. To be mentioned with those guys, it’s humbling.” 

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Redskins Playbook: Determining rotation of Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith

Redskins Playbook: Determining rotation of Trent Murphy, Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith

Last practice before the Browns come to town, and while the Redskins are still locking down their O-line plans, another subplot has emerged on defense. Jay Gruden's crew will most likely hit the bubble for practice at noon, and here's what we're watching:

  1. No fluke - In Last Sunday's win over the Giants, it became obvious that the Redskins were rotating outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Trent Murphy and Preston Smith. That idea would have seemed crazy during the summer, but with Murphy's improved play, it's working. "I think the nice thing is we got three guys that are playing well. So, if we can get a nice rotation and keep them and set a plan, 60 or 70 plays, if we can all keep them around 40 plays, it’s going to benefit them obviously during the game, but also as we get going all through the season," defensive coordinator Joe Barry said of the three-man OLB group.
  2. More help at safety? - With D-Hall done for the year with a torn ACL the easy move for Washington is Will Blackmon starting in Hall's spot. That's obvious: Blackmon has played well in his time with the 'Skins and knows the defense well. Down the road, however, it will be interesting to see what happens with rookie Su'a Cravens. He's a player that could move alongside Blackmon and potentially replace or supplement David Bruton at the strong safety spot. Here's Barry on that possibility, "I think that is potentially something that could happen down the road with the more comfortable he gets but we got quite a bit on his plate right now and he’s handling it well."
  3. Crowder's emergence - Through three games this season it isn't DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garçon that leads the Redskins recievers in catches, it's slot man Jamison Crowder. He also leads all Redskins pass catchers in touchdowns with two. Last week in New York, Crowder had an impressive TD taken the distance off a wideout screen, not to mention a remarkable punt return that flipped field position. Gruden on Crowder, "He’s all about business. He’s got great football intelligence, great instincts for the position. He can play inside/outside. Shown he’s a great returner. Just tough as nails. You know, he’s got every quality you want as far as checking the box, as far as intangibles. He’s got them all."

For live updates from practice check out @JPFinlayCSN. Aslo newest episode of #RedskinsTalk podcast below.

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Martrell Spaight loses bet to Deshazor Everett - Instagram photo shows true disappointment

Martrell Spaight loses bet to Deshazor Everett - Instagram photo shows true disappointment

Redskins linebacker Martrell Spaight went to Arkansas and loves his school. Redskins safety Deshazor Everett went to Texas A&M and loves his school. Their schools played each other, and the players bet on the outcome. 

For the loser it meant wearing the gear of the other squad. For Spaight, it meant wearing a Texas A&M sweatshirt all week. 

Gotta wear this 🚮 for a week 😒

A photo posted by Martrell Spaight (@spaighted_50) on

It's funny to notice different captions from the same picture. Spaight clearly didn't like wearing the Aggie gear. Everett thought it was fantastic.

S/O to former razorback LB @spaighted_50 don't ever doubt my boys again #gigem #12thman #aggie4life

A photo posted by Deshazor Everett (@deverett) on

For Spaight's sake, he might want to skip the bet next season. A&M won this year's game 45-24 and has won five straight over Arkansas.