Holden and Danny: Rookie Running Back Signs, Is Ready For Contact
After putting pen to paper, Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris is ready to prove himself out on the field.
Morris, along with fellow sixth-round draft pick tackle Tom Compton, agreed to terms with the Redskins over the weekend. The team has now signed five of their nine draft picks, all of which were selected in the fifth round or later.
In an interview with Holden and Danny, Morris said he has tried to pattern his game after old-school running backs that looked to punish their opponents instead of trying to avoid contact.
“Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson, Walter Payton, I just loved the way they played the game,” said Morris. “They play the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Morris grew up a Redskins fan and is a big fan of their former rusher, Clinton Portis. The Miami product was respected for the physicality of his play, something Morris says they share.
“Nowadays you got running backs wanting to run out of bounds and falling down,” said Morris. “That’s not me, I’m looking for the contact. I want you to hit me.”
The Redskins currently have incumbents Roy Helu and Evan Royster at running back and are believed to be interested in re-signing last years starter Tim Hightower.
It may be tough for Morris to make it unless he can compete with full back Darrel Young, but more than likely he will remain a back up.
Morris is undeterred, he said he’s used to exceeding everyone else’s expectations for him.
“I always had to prove myself, nothing was ever given to me,” said Morris. “I really wasn’t high on anyone’s draft board coming out of college but I always earned everything I got and I’m going to continue to do the same thing on this next level. “