If there is one thing Mike Shanahan can hang his hat on it’s turning unheralded Running Back’s into stars – albeit briefly. Mike Anderson, Olandis Gary, Mike Bell, Reuben Droughns, Tatum Bell – the list goes on. We won’t get into Shanny’s Quarterback troubles, you’re welcome Redskins faithful.
Shanahan’s latest find is Alfred Morris, who will start at Running Back today when the Redskins travel to New Orleans. Morris was Washington’s 6th round pick in this year’s draft out of Florida Atlantic. In a preseason that saw injuries to Roy Helu, Tim Hightower and Evan Royster, Morris made the most out of his opportunity.
RG3′s first road start in the NFL won’t be easy – cliche alert – especially playing in front a hostile, and possibly bloodthirsty Superdome crowd. Morris will be key in taking pressure off of the DC messiah. While the Redskins pass protection was absolutely horrendous last year they excelled in the run game. Helu – another Shanahan ‘find’ – rushed for three consecutive 100 yard games last season and Royster had back to hack 110 yard plus performances.
I would refrain from slotting Morris into your starting lineup right away, but keep tabs on the Pensacola native’s performance today. He could be a flex option going forward.