September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Washington Redskins defeated the New Orleans Saints 40-32. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

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Morris “can put his foot in the ground and accelerate out of it and actually run faster out of the cut than he did going into it,” Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “For a lot of those fast guys, it’s like playing on ice sometimes because it takes them a while to stop and then resituate their hips and then get going again. Al is very similar to Terrell Davis in that way.”

In February, Morris ran a 4.68-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Davis, in case you’re curious, covered it in 4.7 seconds when head coach Mike Shanahan drafted him in Denver in the sixth round 17 years ago.


The Rams were offering no apologies to Robert Griffin III, and in some cases were almost amused at the Washington quarterback’s assertion that the Rams played dirty in last Sunday’s game at the Edward Jones Dome.

“It’s not the Big 12,” running back Steven Jackson replied when asked about the comments by Griffin, who last year was playing at Baylor. “I don’t think we’re a dirty team. I think we’re a team that’s hungry and young and eager and ready to make a turnaround in the franchise.”


Two Redskins and one Rams player were fined by the NFL for their actions during last Sunday’s chippy game in St. Louis.

Wide receiver Josh Morgan was fined $7,875 for throwing the ball at Cortland Finnegan out of frustration as the clock wound down, an NFL spokesman confirmed Friday. Morgan was penalized 15 yards on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct, taking the Redskins out of field goal range in a 31-28 defeat.


The Redskins need to hope a second-year end in Jarvis Jenkins, who missed all of his rookie year, matures quickly. He admits he’s still making rookie mistakes.

Carriker had started 34 games in the 3-4 defense. Jenkins has played in two games — and mostly in the nickel package, which resembles more of the four-man front he played in college. He’s still learning how to occupy two blockers, something Carriker did well.


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