was a incredible steal in 2012 NFL Draft
. The youngster out of Florida Atlantic University had an incredible rookie year. But why is the media now so quick to say Alfred is having a sophomore slump type of season. Is it because the Redskins
1-3? Whatever the reason is the hate is not a good representation of Alfred's season so far.
In the 2012 season Alfred Morris was second in the league with 1,613 rushing yards. If it wasn't for the incredible year by Adrian Peterson
he could have been the league's leading rusher as a rookie. He would have been the first to do that since Eric Dickerson in 1983. Alfred was second in rushing touchdowns with 13. He was actually ahead of rushing champion Adrian Peterson. Also Morris averaged 4.8 yards per carry which was in the top 5 among running backs in the league. Indeed some of Morris's numbers are down this year but is he really slumping?
In the short 2013 season the Redskins have not lived up to expectations. They have trailed in each game so far this season. Sometimes by a wide margin as we seen against the Eagles
and the Packers
. The skins were even trailing the Raiders
by 14 at one point. Well when your team is trailing by a wide margin what do you have to do? Throw the ball. Alfred Morris is currently sitting at 24th in carries. He is also 18th in rushing yards. Well that is obviously because of the limited amount of rushes. But among running backs Alfred Morris is 3rd in yards per carry with 5.2. Which is actually increased from last year. Last season Alfred averaged roughly 21 carries per attempt. Through 3.5 games this because he was knocked out of the Oakland game, if Morris ran the ball 21 times a game with an average of 5.2 yards per attempt Alfred Would stand at 377 yards which would be 6th in the league and no one would question anything.
Alfred Morris has been undervalued this season and when the Redskins are available to reboot and gain some success this season and gain early leads Morris's numbers will increase.