Despite showing improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, Redskins running back Alfred Morris said on Wednesday that he still doesnâ€™t yet feel like himself, and that he hopes with more carries, he can soon find his groove again.
Morris in the season opener managed only 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Morris received 13 carries in Sundayâ€™s game against Green Bay and although that was still seven carries below his average from a year ago, he topped the century mark, rushing for 107 yards. Eight of those carries and 53 yards came in the first half, and then with Washington in a significant hole, the team went away from the run.
Although disappointed by the loss, Morris drew encouragement from the increased production, but still isnâ€™t happy with his game.
â€śGetting better from Week 1 to Week 2 is definitely an improvement,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m just trying my best to improve off of that and get back to where I want to be, because right now as a runner, I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m where I want to be or need to be. I just have to continue to work hard and go into the next game trying to get better.â€ť
Morris attributed his slow start to limited playing time in the preseason when he appeared in only two games, receiving four carries in each. Morris said he wouldâ€™ve liked to have more action in the preseason so he couldâ€™ve opened the season on a stronger note.
Itâ€™s just me. Iâ€™m not used to taking time off,â€ť said Morris, who had two 32-yard runs in Sundayâ€™s game. â€śIâ€™m used to working, working, working. Iâ€™m a work horse. I get better the more carries I get. Now that weâ€™re getting into the season, running and actually playing, Iâ€™m actually starting to get better. Mainly just running stronger is what I need to do. Iâ€™m going down a lot easier than I used to. Iâ€™m just trying to get back to where I want to be and busting my butt each week.â€ť
Morris hopes that his own improved production will help set up Washingtonâ€™s offense for more overall success. If he can produce more on first and second downs, his team will then face more manageable third downs, and then have a better shot at extending drives, he believes. The Redskins then wonâ€™t have to overcome such large deficits.
â€śWeâ€™re getting going too late,â€ť Morris said. â€śWe donâ€™t get going until the second half and you canâ€™t expect to do that and win a game. Once we do get going, weâ€™re fine. But we have to get better a lot sooner.â€ť
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at email@example.com with the subject line â€śMailbag questionâ€ť for him to answer it inÂ The MailbagÂ on Tuesday.
â—ŹÂ Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III address reporters at 3 p.m.
More on the Redskins and NFL: