The Redskins led the NFL in rushing in 2012 and ranked fifth last season despite their 3-13 record, greatly due to Morris, who totaled more yards on the ground than anyone in the league not named Adrian Peterson the last two years. But Washington sits 21st this season in rushing yards and 20th in YPC. Morris has just 187 yards rushing in the last four games combined.
In studying his subpar performance Sunday against Tennessee, he noticed minor differences in the path he takes while carrying the ball, the Washington Times is reporting. He claims it's too close to the line of scrimmage, thereby limiting cutback opportunities and preventing his offensive linemen from effectively setting up their blocks.
"I can't really read it out like I'm supposed to," he said. "You think it's nothing, like, 'Oh, it's just a tight track.' But when you really look at it, especially after watching last week's film, it was like, 'Man. Geez. If my track was just a little wider, I could've pressed that more and set that block up a little better so I can get downhill.' It's little things like that. They make a huge difference."
With the news that Colt McCoy will start at quarterback for the
Not only is he facing a defense that has allowed the ninth-fewest Fantasy points per game, but he also won't have a quarterback who can help keep defenses honest. Dating back to his days with the Browns, McCoy hasn't shown the ability to stretch the field, and though his final line in relief of Kirk Cousins Sunday looked good, that was mostly because wide receiver Pierre Garcon turned what should have been a short catch into a 70-yard touchdown. Otherwise, McCoy completed 10 passes for just 58 yards.
With such a limited passing game, the Redskins are basically inviting the Cowboys to stack the box against them. Morris has had a hard enough time since starting quarterback Robert Griffin III went down in Week 2, averaging just 60.6 total yards in the five games started with Cousins. Now with McCoy under center, he might even be a sit in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank him just 29th among running backs for Week 8.
Translation: The 2-5 Redskins have so often been trailing this season that they haven't been able to make full use of their workhorse back.
Granted, a running back still plays a role on offense when his team is in come-from-behind mode, but pass catching has always been a weakness for Morris -- enough that the Redskins often turn to Roy Helu in those situations.
The result is little more than a dozen touches or so -- 15.3 per game, to be exact -- for Morris over the last four weeks. Even if he was averaging the 4.6 yards per carry he did last season, that wouldn't translate to much Fantasy production. He isn't, of course, but that isn't as big of a problem as the limited touches.
If the Redskins turn to third-stringer Colt McCoy at quarterback in Week 8, it'll only bring more attention to Morris. Kirk Cousins could at least keep defenses honest by throwing the ball deep. No, Morris' best chance of a rebound is a return of Robert Griffin III, but that's still weeks away. As things stand, Morris isn't beyond benching in shallower leagues that require just two running backs.
Morris survived an injury scarce after suffering a left ankle sprain late in the first quarter Sunday. Though, Morris didn't miss many plays and returned for the team's next offensive series in the second quarter. Morris had 34 rushing yards on eight carries leading up to the ankle injury.
Morris hasn't had a rushing touchdown in three straight games. He is averaging 41.3 rushing yards over his last three games. The Redskins are back in action Week 8 at Dallas.
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