There's an open competition at Redskins' Park that has everyone's attention in Washington, and that's at running back. Three backs have returned from last season and all three are expected to make the roster. So, how about Alfred Morris?
Morris was originally practice squad destined…and for a sixth round pick, it's understandable. Short a freak accident, last year's rushers—Tim Hightower, Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster—will remain with the team. The Redskins could keep a fourth running back on the roster, if and probably only if, he could contribute at other positions; mind you, Darrel Young is down.
But it doesn't look like the coaching staff is asking the rookie to learn fullback. Instead, his future with this team could rely on one of the top three going down. Tim Hightower is the only one who isn't 100 percent right now and it wasn't long ago that he was the favorite to start.
If he had a spectacular pre-season, the Redskins could always short another area. That too is unlikely, mainly due to injuries at other positions.
There is a common misconception that it's up to the coaches to decide who makes the roster. It couldn't be more the other way! If a player is good enough, they will find a place on the team for him. Alfred Morris will get his chance. It's on him, and him alone to make the final cut.
If Morris doesn't make the team initially, we will most likely seem him at some point in the season. At least four backs have seen the field for the Redskins since Mike Shanahan arrived, and the rookie should be first in line off the practice squad.
That is…If he doesn't make it, initially.
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