Although Redskins running back Alfred Morris has only two NFL starts on his resume, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has already compared the rookie to former Broncos star Terrell Davis.Shanahans basis for the comparison is Morris ability to overcome his lack of elite speed with strong cuts and above-average acceleration.Morris can put his foot in the ground and accelerate out of it and actually run faster out of the cut than he did going into it, Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. For a lot of those fast guys, its like playing on ice sometimes because it takes them a while to stop and then resituate their hips and then get going again. Al is very similar to Terrell Davis in that way.In February, Morris ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Davis, in case youre curious, covered it in 4.7 seconds when head coach Mike Shanahan drafted him in Denver in the sixth round 17 years ago.Those combine fast guys dont see as many long runs in games, Kyle Shanahan continued. Game speed is about carrying your pads, pressing blocks, put your foot violently in the ground and how much you accelerate out of the cut. Al is a guy that once he puts his foot in the ground, he actually gains moment from that.Morris, a sixth round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic, won the Redskins starting tailback job in training camp and has rushed for 185 yards on 44 carries (4.2 per average) and a touchdown. Morris total is tied for eighth most in the NFL it and compares favorably to Davis first 44 carries (199 yards).Terrell wasnt a fast guy, but he hit that hole, and if there was a lane, he had that crease and he was gone, Kyle Shanahan said. If a defender was really fast and right behind Davis, hed catch him. But usually he was pressing, making guys overrun the hole and then cutting back. And you get defenders to overrun the hole, theyre not going to catch you.
RICHMOND—As Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins goes into playing under the franchise tag for the second straight season, the phrase commonly used about him is that he is betting on himself, eschewing the long-term security of a multiyear deal in favor hoping to improve his leverage by playing on the tags.
However, Cousins said that is a misconception.
“I don’t know that I ever bet on myself, I bet on the system, he said. “It has nothing to do with myself. I’m just going out and playing and there’s never been anything but positive feelings. I’m excited to get to work here. As I’ve said, my wife and I love it here and we’re in a good place.”
Ever since the deadline for him to sign a long-term contract this year came and went without a new deal, Cousins has been trying to debunk the notion that he has a desire to leave the Redskins as soon as he can. Appearing on 106.7 The Fan last week, Cousins said that the Redskins are his “first choice” to be his team going forward. He talked positively about his future in Washington again today after the Redskins first training camp walkthrough.
Although there was talk that the contract negotiations took a sour turn at the end after team president Bruce Allen revealed some of the details of the team’s final offer to Cousins, Cousins indicated today that everything is fine.
“W e’ve done a good job communicating between me and the team,” he said. “We’re on the same page and we’ve done everything we can possibly do to get that settled and move forward. I think we’re all in a good place right now and we’ve got enough to worry about getting our offense playing at the level we need to have a great season so I can be back in future years.”
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What it really comes down to, what Cousins believes will make things good in the future for him and the Redskins, is success on the field.
“If you win football games, everything else takes care of itself,” he said.
“In the offseason, the ball’s in the team’s court. But from Week 1 to Week 17, the ball’s in my court and I’ve got to go play football well. That’s where my focus is.”
There likely will be more talk of Cousins future beyond the 2017 seas in the coming weeks and months. It appears that for right now that is the furthest thing from Cousins’ mind.
Redskins outside linebacker Trent Murphy underwent surgery this offseason to repair a broken bone in his foot, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Murphy has completely healed and is a full participant at training camp.
The injury came late in the 2016 season and he played the Redskins final game of the season with the broken foot. He was listed on the injury report for that game as limited with a foot injury. He was not listed on the Week 16 injury report against the Bears.
Hit with a four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs this offseason, Murphy won't suit up for the Redskins until Week 6. He will be forced to miss the first four games, and then the Redskins have a bye in Week 5.
Murphy had a breakout season in 2016, finishing the year with nine sacks and 47 tackles. A second round pick in 2014, Murphy had a combined six sacks in the two seasons prior. Last offseason, Murphy was tasked with gaining weight for a position switch to defensive end. After he gained the weight, outside linebacker Junior Galette was lost for the season, and Murphy was moved back to outside linebacker.
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