CBS Sports’s Pete Prisco thinks so.
The Insider gives Alfred Morris plenty of love, but when we posted about him yesterday, much of the discussion in the comments centered on whether Morris might be a better back in Year 2 even with a yardage total below 1,613. There’s also the possibilities that Morris won’t have as good a second season, that teams — given an offseason to study the Redskins — find a way to slow the run game down, or that Robert Griffin III misses significant time, and that affects Morris’s play.
Prisco published a top 100 list that he writes “isn’t one that grades the players just on how they played last year, or their popularity, but on where they rank heading into 2013.” It’s the type of list for this time of the year — meant to generate discussion. So, let’s oblige.
Prisco puts Morris at No. 41, which isn’t all that odd — the Pro Football Focus 101 had Morris at 38, behind Griffin at 31. But I scrolled up and down the CBS list looking for Griffin, figuring that I’d missed him.
Griffin is there, at No. 83, and left tackle Trent Williams is No. 78. Williams showed up on the NFL Network’s top 100 of 2012 at No. 99, and London Fletcher is on that list at No. 86.
Prisco goes Andrew Luck-Colin Kaepernick-Russell Wilson-Griffin from Nos. 80-83. It makes sense to play it safe on the young, newly successful rookie quarterbacks. With eight passers in the top 40, I can understand not wanting to go too QB-heavy on the list.
But Morris ranked 42 places higher than Griffin on any list is, well, interesting.
Each list has a different aim — PFF is a stats-heavy look at the best players of 2012, NFL Network surveys players, and Prisco says his list is where they stand heading into 2013. So then does it make sense to have Griffin so low, and behind Luck, Wilson and Kaepernick, given the uncertainty with his knee? Or is it still a stretch?
Who do you think is the best player on the Redskins, by any definition?