Yes, it is a bit evident that Robert Griffin III is providing Redskin fans everything that they had hoped for. His 20 of 28 performance, with 258 yards passing, 2 touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 108.8 further cemented his status as the most valuable player on the team, maybe even the league, last week. Each week it seems as though Griffin is making his own “top ten” highlight video with each ensuing drive. His jaw-dropping performances have let Redskin and football enthusiasts forget though the impact Alfred Morris has made this season.
As a rookie, leading this offense’s backfield, Morris has accumulated 658 yards rushing over the course of 7 games with 5 touchdowns. He is currently averaging 94 yards per game and a 4.8-yard per carry average. The twenty-three year old out of Florida Atlantic has been one of the fantasy football steals of the year and has provided Mike Shanahan with a solid option at the running back position. Before the season began, most thought the running back battle was between Roy Helu and Tim Hightower, but after the preseason Shanahan proved why no running back is safe in his system, cutting Hightower. Helu’s injury woes have plagued him in his sophomore season, opening the door for Morris who has shined alongside Griffin as one of its most efficient contributors.
His 22 carries for 120 yards on Sunday vs. the Giants was the third time this year he has surpassed the 100-yard mark in a game. As each week passes, due to RG3’s excessive highlight reels, Morris silently puts up numbers that go unmentioned. Check the stats folks, Morris only trails Arian Foster in the league for most rushing yards as of week 7. He also averages 19.7 carries per game, which indicates the amount of trust the coaching staff puts into him to provide a solid balance to their offense.
Morris does not carry flash, fire, or electricity like Griffin does, that is not Morris’s game. What he does carry is toughness and physique, along with a powerful running style that is only catching the eye of opposing defenses as of now. Griffin and Morris deserve to be looked at as a tandem like Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. And don’t jump overboard with that statement I just made. I am not saying they are anything like that tandem, but both as rookies are leading this Redskins offense and stockpiling gaudy numbers week in and week out, yet Griffin seems to be the only one that’s being talked about. Am I the only one who sees the significance in two rookies leading one of the best offenses in football?
If Morris carries the same progression as RG3, this team has a bright future that stretches way beyond 2012.