Alfred Morris continues impressive start, joins elite company

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With his second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort, Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris moved up a spot among the NFL’s rushing leaders and joined elite company in the league’s record books.

Morris rushed for a career-high 115 yards on 18 carries against Atlanta. He now has 491 yards on the season and ranks fourth behind Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles (551), Houston’s Arian Foster (532) and  Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch (508). Morris entered Week 5 ranked fifth behind those four players and Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy. Morris’s 100 carries rank him fifth in the league behind Foster’s 100, Lynch’s 113, and the 102 that Charles and New England’s Stevan Ridley both have recorded.

He joined Eric Dickerson as the only rookies in NFL history to rush for at least 75 yards in each of his team’s first five games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Morris, who is averaging 98.2 yards a game, opened the season with a 96-yard performance against New Orleans, then rushed for 89 yards against St. Louis. The Florida Atlantic product recorded 78 yards against Cincinnati and 113 against Tampa Bay.

Morris posted his best average of the season as well, at 6.4 yards a carry. Last week’s 5.4-yard-per-carry average marked his previous high.

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