It's amazing what a 1,600-yard rookie season can do for a running back who entered his first training camp just trying to make the team and ended his first season behind only Adrian Peterson in rushing yards. That's the story of Redskins running back Alfred Morris . He told Brady Aymond of the Pensacola News Journal he knows opponents will be eyeing him from the first snap of this season, but he has the drive to be even better. Other than increased attention from defenders, Morris also gained a lot of confidence that he knows he didn't have prior to his breakout year.
"Last year, I was going in there like a lost little puppy," Morris said. "This year, having had that experience and gaining that knowledge of last year, I'm a lot more confident and more comfortable.
"The more comfortable you get with it, the better you can go out there and do it. It eliminates the thinking process. You can go out there and have some fun."
Morris was the ninth rookie RB ever and the first since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001 to take on more than 330 carries. What does that mean for this year? Well, Tomlinson, Edgerrin James, Eddie George, and Eric Dickerson all had similar or better seasons as runners. Curtis Martin's numbers dropped a bit, but not dramatically. The Redskins are poised to give Morris a heavy workload again this year -- maybe even more than 2012 if they decide to cut back on Robert Griffin's rushes. That may present problems for Morris' long-term value (read: injuries). But he is a fine choice as a low-first-round pick this season.