The Best #46 in the NFL: Alfred Morris

Alfred Morris | Dallas Cowboys | Running Back

If cut by Dallas, Morris has the talent to start for a number of teams.

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


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