Redskins running back Alfred Morris may see a serious dip in his carries this season with the arrival of Florida’s rookie tailback, Matt Jones. Morris has been on a steady decline since his NFL rookie season and the crowded Redskins backfield could force that trend to continue.
There was a time when Morris was close to being one of the top fantasy keepers in the game. He established himself as a fantasy powerhouse during his rookie season, rushing for 1,610 yards and 13 touchdowns on 4.8 yards per carry. However, he’s struggled to produce at the same rate since then.
Morris has seen his total yards and yards per carry decrease each year and his 265 carries are a far cry from the 335 attempts he had during his rookie season. His carries should continue to drop with the addition of Gators running back Matt Jones, who is quietly becoming one of this season’s fantasy sleeper picks.
Jones has shown the ability to be very effective in a change of pace role after rushing for 817 yards and 6 touchdowns for the Florida Gators. Jones can provide some much needed contrast at the running back position, as his size will challenge opposing defenses.
The rookie tailback out of Florida stands at 6’2”, 231 pounds, and could heavily cut into Alfred Morris’ carries. With this challenge ahead, and with no guarantee of the Redskins being a successful team, it’s possible that Morris fails to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career.