Alfred Morris laments lack of preseason work

September 18, 2013

Alfred Morris believes he would’ve gotten off to a better start this season had be received more work in the preseason. (Darren Hauck/Reuters)

Despite showing improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, Redskins running back Alfred Morris said on Wednesday that he still doesn’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 Sunday’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 isn’t happy with his game.

“Getting better from Week 1 to Week 2 is definitely an improvement,” he said. “I’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 don’t feel like I’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.”

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 would’ve liked to have more action in the preseason so he could’ve opened the season on a stronger note.

It’s just me. I’m not used to taking time off,” said Morris, who had two 32-yard runs in Sunday’s game. “I’m used to working, working, working. I’m a work horse. I get better the more carries I get. Now that we’re getting into the season, running and actually playing, I’m actually starting to get better. Mainly just running stronger is what I need to do. I’m going down a lot easier than I used to. I’m just trying to get back to where I want to be and busting my butt each week.”

Morris hopes that his own improved production will help set up Washington’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 won’t have to overcome such large deficits.

“We’re getting going too late,” Morris said. “We don’t get going until the second half and you can’t expect to do that and win a game. Once we do get going, we’re fine. But we have to get better a lot sooner.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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