There was good news and bad news for Alfred Morris in last night’s Pro Bowl.
The good news was that he led the NFC in receiving with four catches for 69 yards. This is an area of his game that Mike and Kyle Shanahan apparently chose not to utilize. In 16 games in 2013 Morris had nine receptions for 78 yards. Sending Morris out on patterns is not something that you want to do all the time but Jay Gruden and Sean McVay might see the value in having Morris catch a few passes out of the backfield every game as a change of pace.
The bad news was that he lost a fumble after catching a one pass. In addition, the ball came out on his first rushing attempt as well but it was ruled that the ground caused the fumble. That is something that popped up as an issue last year. Morris put the ball on the ground five times last season. He lost the handle on his very first carry of the season of the season and he lost two fumbles late in the season against the Falcons.
Considering how often Morris carries the ball that’s not to the point where fumbling is a huge problem. But fumbling in college is one of the reasons he lasted until the sixth round in the 2012 draft and Gruden and new running backs coach Randy Jordan will need to work with him before it becomes a big issue for the Redskins.
Morris, Trent Williams, and Brian Orakpo all played in Team Sanders in the new “unconferenced” Pro Bowl format. Williams started the game and played both right and left tackle. Orakpo recorded a tackle and an assist. Linebackers were not permitted to blitz except in very limited situations so he did not record any of the nine sacks registered during the game.
Team (Deion) Sanders lost to Team (Jerry) Rice 22-21 on a late two-point conversion. That sent the three Redskins back home with the loser’s check of $26,000 rather than the $53,000 the winners collected.