Several rushing milestones within reach for Alfred Morris this week

Alfred Morris needs just 18 rushing yards to reach the 1,000-yard mark.

Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris has several rushing milestones in his reach and could achieve them when his team hosts the New York Giants on Monday.

Morris, a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic, enters this game with 982 rushing yards – fifth in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin.

With just 18 yards, Morris will become the first 1,000-yard rusher the Redskins have had since Clinton Portis in 2008. It would mark the 23rd 1,000-yard rushing season by a Redskins back in franchise history, but only the second by a rookie. The only other rookie to rush for 1,000-yards was Reggie Brooks in 1993. Morris needs 82 rushing yards to break Brooks’ franchise rookie record of 1,063 yards.

With 28 carries, Morris also can break the team record for rushing attempts in a season. Mike Thomas owns that record after carrying the ball 235 times in 1975.

Morris has four 100-yard games this season. No Redskins rookie has recorded five. Portis is the last back to record more than four 100-yard games in one season. He recorded six in that 2008 season.

Portis rushed for 1,487 yards and nine touchdowns that year. Morris is on pace to rush for 1,428 yards and nine touchdowns.

The last time he faced the Giants, Morris rushed for a career-high 120 yards on 22 carries. Morris is coming off of a 24-carry, 113-yard, one-touchdown performance against Dallas.

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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