RICHMOND—With a quarterback like Robert Griffin III and pass catchers like DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon, and Jordan Reed, one might think that the Redskins will be filling the air with footballs this fall. But they will need to run the ball if they want to move the ball. At least that’s why the guy who will have the lion’s share of carries in the run game.
“The running game is always important,” said Alfred Morris, who is going into his third season as the Redskins’ top running back. “I know they’re starting to devalue the running backs but at the end of the day if you don’t have a ground game you don’t have any game.
“That’s my take on it, it might be a little biased but that’s just how I feel. It really doesn’t matter if the backs get 20 carries a game or it they get 40 carries a game we just have to make the most of the carries that we do get.”
Morris would rather have closer to 40 carries than 20. “Whether it’s beginning of the season to the end of the season or the beginning of the game to the end of the game, as it rolls along I get better and better,” he said. “That’s just how I am. I’m a workhorse, I can take a heavy workload, it doesn’t really bother me.”
No matter how often they run the ball, Morris will be the main man. "Alfred has proven that he can handle the workload and he's our guy right now,” said Jay Gruden. Other backs will play in certain situations, the coach said, but Alfred will tote the rock.
That’s fine with Morris. “The more I do, the better I get,” he said.