Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Rarely used in the early part of last season, Morris was thrust into a larger role for the Cowboys when Ezekiel Elliott was forced to serve his six-game suspension. The veteran put up solid numbers during that stretch, rushing for 419 yards at a clip of 4.2 per carry, but he only got into the end zone once and was forced to split snaps with Rod Smith rather than being entrusted with a full workload. Morris has a lot of tread on his tires and never possessed great speed to begin with, but the 29-year-old can still hit the holes he's given and can be hard to bring down, running with power and purpose. He also offers little as a receiver, although he does handle his blocking assignments when called upon to do so. Dallas elected not to bring him back in 2018, and Morris ultimately landed with the 49ers. With Jerick McKinnon out for the season, Morris is now poised to share the backfield with Matt Breida, with Morris a candidate to see a fair share of early-down work. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $790,000 contract with the 49ers in August of 2018.
Expected to leave San Francisco
RBSan Francisco 49ers
February 18, 2019
Morris isn't expected to re-sign with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
With Jerick McKinnon (knee) joining Matt Breida (ankle), Jeff Wilson (shoulder) and special teams ace Raheem Mostert (forearm), the 49ers ideally wouldn't have any use for Morris, who took 111 carries for 428 yards (3.9 average) and two scores in 12 games after signing with the team in mid-August. The 30-year-old running back could be looking at another lengthy wait on the open market, assuming he plans to continue his football career.
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How do Alfred Morris' 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.1%
 
Positive Run %
76.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
73.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
1.8%
 
Touches Per Game
9.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
47.6%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
2.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
61.5%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.1
 
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How do Alfred Morris' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
222 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.63 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
117 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
Morris earned just 72 offensive touches last season, as rookie Ezekiel Elliott rarely came off the field on early downs. Elliott's six-game suspension to open up the season seemingly opened up an opportunity for Morris, but the door likely shut right before the season when Elliott was granted a temporary restraining order and an injunction. With Elliott allowed to play while his legal case is worked out, Morris finds himself third in the backfield pecking order, also stuck behind Darren McFadden.
Morris' average rush has fallen for three straight years, and he was generally ignored in Washington's passing game. He was thinking about a fresh start when he signed with Dallas in late March, but two months later the Cowboys went all-in on rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Given the age and mileage on Darren McFadden, we at least have to give Morris a chance of being the primary backup to Elliott when the season starts. And given how McFadden went bonkers out of nowhere last year, perhaps Morris still has some upside if pressed into a prominent role. No one in Dallas hopes it comes to this, but Morris is still just 27. We should also give him high marks for making 64 consecutive starts as a pro, especially rare in today's NFL.
Entering his fourth NFL season, Morris remains an island of stability in the sea of chaos that is the Washington offense. Since being a sixth-round pick in 2012, he's never missed a game or a chance to his lower his pads and grind out another couple yards. While not a burner, Morris has the vision and burst to exploit a hole and make his mark in the red zone, plus his strong pass protection skills have become augmented with improved hands, reducing the need for a third-down back to complement him. While his carries and YPC have trended downward over his career, that's as much a product of inconsistent play from his offensive line and an inability by the Washington offense to remain on the field as it is any decline in Morris' abilities. Washington drafted Matt Jones, a bruising back with more size, in the third round to be his understudy, but while Jones may keep Morris' workload manageable and help wear down opposition defenses faster, the starting job is still firmly in Morris' grasp.
While Morris turned in an impressive 2013, finishing fourth in the NFL in rush yardage, his sophomore campaign fell well short of the 100-yards-per-game benchmark he set for himself as a rookie. Blame for this statistical decline can largely be laid on a reduced carry total – particularly in the red zone – and Robert Griffin III's injury issues. While new coach Jay Gruden seems less inclined than Mike Shanahan to use the read option that's been a major factor in Morris's success, it could be a blessing in disguise for him. While some pundits may be inclined to downgrade Morris on that news, combined with his fullback-like 4.63 40 time, the 5-10, 218-pound bowling ball of a back is a tremendous downhill runner, a guy who can just put his shoulder down and plow for solid yardage on just about every play. That said, Morris is not a truly dynamic back – he doesn't break tackles at a terribly high rate and he's a near-total non-factor in the passing game, having totaled 20 receptions in two seasons. Backup and third-down man Roy Helu was generally more responsible for catching the ball out of the backfield last year, and that projects to continue this season.
A sixth-round pick, Morris proved to be the steal of the 2012 NFL Draft, as he was an ideal fit for Washington's read-option attack. At 5-9, 219, Morris isn't fast, but he provides a powerful downhill style that has just enough wiggle and burst to get him through arm tacklers and into the second and third levels. The threat of Robert Griffin's accurate arm and blazing speed prevented defenses from keying on Morris, opening running lanes and allowing the bullish back to rack up the second-most rushing yards and touchdowns in the league. With 14 games of at least 75 yards on the ground and seven 100-yard outings, he was one of the most consistent fantasy commodities, too. Despite his nose for the end zone (he scored on 41 percent of his carries inside the 10, 2nd ) and impressive durability (he barely sniffed the injury report despite 335 carries), Morris might not be as safe a pick as he appears. The concern for Morris is the health of Griffin, who is attempting to return from a torn ACL by Week 1. If Griffin is unavailable to keep defenses guessing or is not the same rushing threat he was as a rookie, Morris could see running lanes shrink while becoming a greater focus of the opposition. Given his lack of speed, that's a sizable risk considering his likely cost.
Rookie running back drafted in the 6th round. He will compete with Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, and Evan Royster. He is not expected to see much playing time early on and would need several injuries to be relevant.
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Erupts in season finale
RBSan Francisco 49ers
December 30, 2018
Morris carried 16 times for 111 yards and one touchdown while catching his only target for four yards in Sunday's loss to the Rams.
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Scratched again
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Coach's Decision
December 23, 2018
Morris (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.
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Healthy scratch Sunday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Coach's Decision
December 16, 2018
Morris (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.
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Non-factor in win
RBSan Francisco 49ers
December 10, 2018
Morris carried the ball two times for four yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Broncos.
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Held out again Sunday
RBSan Francisco 49ers
Coach's Decision
December 2, 2018
Morris (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Seattle.
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