Jul 25, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) runs with the ball during opening day of 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris "better runner than a year ago"

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The Washington Redskins had arguably the best running attack last season. The averaged more yards per game (169.3) than any other NFL team. A lot of that came on the back of rookie running back Alfred Morris and his 1,613 yard season. Quarterback Robert Griffin III added 815 yards on the ground.

From ESPN’s beat writer John Keim:

“Morris looks sharp and is a better runner than a year ago. What that translates into remains to be seen because other factors will affect his performance.”

It is hard to fathom that Morris was the NFL’s second leading rusher as a rookie behind only Adrian Peterson and his 2,000 yard season. Morris was able to avoid or break 57 tackles last season and gained 1,001 yards after contract, both marks were third best in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

What helped Morris at the same time was the lack of an option for number 2 on the depth chart. Roy Helu, Jr. was injured and missed most of the season.

John Keim speculates that Helu “will help on third downs and can start games if necessary.”

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