Washington Redskins hit a home run when they drafted running back Alfred Morris in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. As a rookie he rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns for a rejuvenated Redskins franchise.
After a season like that some might go into this training camp fairly confident in their job security, cocky even, but not Morris.
“[Training camp] is a little different from last year, you know. Going in, nobody knew who you were, you’re fighting for a job,” Morris said, via the team’s website. “Now, since you do have a job, in my mind I’m still not the starter.”
“My mindset going into camp is the same way I came in last year. I have to earn my spot.”
So what could Morris possibly do to improve? Well he worked on his receiving abilities.
“I have to be the best that I can be…it’s been going great so far,” he said. “I wish I was out on the field today, but they decided that I wouldn’t play.
“I’m looking forward to next week.”
The Redskins will have the same 5 starting offensive lineman this year as they did last, something that could be a first for Morris in his enitre playing career.
“Back in college and high school, I had to deal with new guys coming in. I think after my second year starting in college, I had a whole new O-line,” he said with a chuckle. “It makes it a lot easier when they know what they’re doing, like I said, once again getting back to running behind them and just having that camaraderie and jelling with them makes it a lot easier.”