Alfred Morris | Dallas Cowboys | Running Back
Height: 5’10″ | Weight: 224
Date of Birth: 12/12/1988 (28)
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida
College: Florida Atlantic
Draft: 2012, Round 6, Pick 173
Contract: 2 years, $3.5 million, through 2017
There was a time when Alfred Morris was one of the most prolific runners in the NFL. His 3,962 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns from 2012 to 2014 were both second most in the league during that time, only behind Marshawn Lynch. Then 2015 happened, and suddenly the three-time 1,000 yard rusher was in a backfield-by-committee. Morris’ numbers dropped significantly and he found himself a free agent after the season ended.
Morris drew little attention in free agency, and was signed by the Cowboys in March, who promptly drafted Zeke Elliott with the #4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft just a month later. Morris sat on the bench for the most of 2016, but handled it like a professional. Now it seems like he’s a long shot to make the Cowboys’ roster.
The treatment of Morris by the Redskins and the poor situation he’s found himself in with the Cowboys is saddening. There’s little doubt about his rushing ability, and at 28 Morris has plenty left in the tank. Perhaps it would be for the best if he were cut in August. There are several teams (NYJ, BAL, IND) who could use a quality back, and Morris deserves a better opportunity.
Awards and Accolades:
2x Pro Bowl (2013, 2014)
1x Second-team All-Pro (2012)
1x NFL All-Rookie Team (2012)
Honorable Mentions: James Develin, Morgan Cox