Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Morris is back in Dallas for 2019, hoping to beat out Darius Jackson, Mike Weber and Tony Pollard for a depth role behind Ezekiel Elliott, who is holding out for a new contract at the start of training camp. Morris previously played for the Cowboys in 2016 and 2017, before heading to San Francisco for the 2018 campaign. He doesn't offer much in terms of elusiveness or receiving skills, but he still has decent vision and power to grind out yards on early downs. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Cowboys in September of 2019.
Released Saturday
RBFree Agent
September 7, 2019
Morris was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Morris was released to make way for Ezekiel Elliott's return to the 53-man roster. It's possible the veteran running back may wind up back on the Cowboys roster in the future.
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Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
222 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rarely used in the early part of last season, Morris was thrust into a larger role for the Cowboys when Ezekiel Elliott was forced to serve his six-game suspension. The veteran put up solid numbers during that stretch, rushing for 419 yards at a clip of 4.2 per carry, but he only got into the end zone once and was forced to split snaps with Rod Smith rather than being entrusted with a full workload. Morris has a lot of tread on his tires and never possessed great speed to begin with, but the 29-year-old can still hit the holes he's given and can be hard to bring down, running with power and purpose. He also offers little as a receiver, although he does handle his blocking assignments when called upon to do so. Dallas elected not to bring him back in 2018, and Morris ultimately landed with the 49ers. With Jerick McKinnon out for the season, Morris is now poised to share the backfield with Matt Breida, with Morris a candidate to see a fair share of early-down work.
Morris earned just 72 offensive touches last season, as rookie Ezekiel Elliott rarely came off the field on early downs. Elliott's six-game suspension to open up the season seemingly opened up an opportunity for Morris, but the door likely shut right before the season when Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order and an injunction. With Elliott allowed to play while his legal case is worked out, Morris finds himself third in the backfield pecking order, also stuck behind Darren McFadden.
Morris' average rush has fallen for three straight years, and he was generally ignored in Washington's passing game. He was thinking about a fresh start when he signed with Dallas in late March, but two months later the Cowboys went all-in on rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Given the age and mileage on Darren McFadden, we at least have to give Morris a chance of being the primary backup to Elliott when the season starts. And given how McFadden went bonkers out of nowhere last year, perhaps Morris still has some upside if pressed into a prominent role. No one in Dallas hopes it comes to this, but Morris is still just 27. We should also give him high marks for making 64 consecutive starts as a pro, especially rare in today's NFL.
Entering his fourth NFL season, Morris remains an island of stability in the sea of chaos that is the Washington offense. Since being a sixth-round pick in 2012, he's never missed a game or a chance to his lower his pads and grind out another couple yards. While not a burner, Morris has the vision and burst to exploit a hole and make his mark in the red zone, plus his strong pass protection skills have become augmented with improved hands, reducing the need for a third-down back to complement him. While his carries and YPC have trended downward over his career, that's as much a product of inconsistent play from his offensive line and an inability by the Washington offense to remain on the field as it is any decline in Morris' abilities. Washington drafted Matt Jones, a bruising back with more size, in the third round to be his understudy, but while Jones may keep Morris' workload manageable and help wear down opposition defenses faster, the starting job is still firmly in Morris' grasp.
While Morris turned in an impressive 2013, finishing fourth in the NFL in rush yardage, his sophomore campaign fell well short of the 100-yards-per-game benchmark he set for himself as a rookie. Blame for this statistical decline can largely be laid on a reduced carry total – particularly in the red zone – and Robert Griffin III's injury issues. While new coach Jay Gruden seems less inclined than Mike Shanahan to use the read option that's been a major factor in Morris's success, it could be a blessing in disguise for him. While some pundits may be inclined to downgrade Morris on that news, combined with his fullback-like 4.63 40 time, the 5-10, 218-pound bowling ball of a back is a tremendous downhill runner, a guy who can just put his shoulder down and plow for solid yardage on just about every play. That said, Morris is not a truly dynamic back – he doesn't break tackles at a terribly high rate and he's a near-total non-factor in the passing game, having totaled 20 receptions in two seasons. Backup and third-down man Roy Helu was generally more responsible for catching the ball out of the backfield last year, and that projects to continue this season.
A sixth-round pick, Morris proved to be the steal of the 2012 NFL Draft, as he was an ideal fit for Washington's read-option attack. At 5-9, 219, Morris isn't fast, but he provides a powerful downhill style that has just enough wiggle and burst to get him through arm tacklers and into the second and third levels. The threat of Robert Griffin's accurate arm and blazing speed prevented defenses from keying on Morris, opening running lanes and allowing the bullish back to rack up the second-most rushing yards and touchdowns in the league. With 14 games of at least 75 yards on the ground and seven 100-yard outings, he was one of the most consistent fantasy commodities, too. Despite his nose for the end zone (he scored on 41 percent of his carries inside the 10, 2nd ) and impressive durability (he barely sniffed the injury report despite 335 carries), Morris might not be as safe a pick as he appears. The concern for Morris is the health of Griffin, who is attempting to return from a torn ACL by Week 1. If Griffin is unavailable to keep defenses guessing or is not the same rushing threat he was as a rookie, Morris could see running lanes shrink while becoming a greater focus of the opposition. Given his lack of speed, that's a sizable risk considering his likely cost.
Rookie running back drafted in the 6th round. He will compete with Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster. He is not expected to see much playing time early on and would need several injuries to be relevant.
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Finds end zone against Texans
RBDallas Cowboys
August 25, 2019
Morris carried the ball five times for 18 yards and a touchdown while failing to catch his only target in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.
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Sees action Saturday
RBDallas Cowboys
August 19, 2019
Morris carried the ball three times for six yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Rams.
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Reunites with Cowboys
RBDallas Cowboys
July 29, 2019
Morris agreed to terms Monday on a contract with the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Visiting with Saints
RBFree Agent
July 29, 2019
Morris is flying to New Orleans for a visit with the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Expected to leave San Francisco
RBSan Francisco 49ers
February 18, 2019
Morris isn't expected to re-sign with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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