Alfred Morris has rushed for 100 yards in each of the past three games, including a 122-yard effort in Sunday’s 31-28 victory over the Ravens.
But the rookie has also fumbled three times in the past four contests, losing two of them.
Morris’ second quarter fumble against Baltimore – he lost the ball after getting stripped as he was tackled deep in Washington’s end – led directly to the Ravens’ third touchdown of the first half.
“He’s a guy you really trust because it means a lot to him,” Shanahan said. “If you do get the ball [out], it’s usually a pretty good hit or three or four guys standing a guy up and doing a great job pulling the ball out. I have a lot of confidence in him.”
Shanahan also said Morris' recent trouble could be due to the lack of practice in recent weeks.
“You have to practice everyday with the defense trying to strip the ball from you,” Shanahan said. “We haven’t had much contact [because of] the Monday night game and playing on Sunday – two short weeks. We’ll get back to trying to strip the ball, putting him in situations where he can get those good habits back.”
Morris fumbled only once in the season's first nine games.