The Facts: The transition isn't a tough or difficult one for Morris. It's not just that the Redskins ran power last season, and dabbled in it his first two seasons, it's that he preferred that style in college as well. It's the style Washington likely will use more often this season. "I feel I'm better at downhill plays anyway," Morris said. "You know what's coming. It's a knockout, drag-out style of play. I don't shy away from contact. It's right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoy it."
According to ESPN.com's John Keim, the Redskins won't abandon their outside zone game, but it also probably won't be used to the extent it was in the past. Morris ran for a combined 3,962 yards in his first three seasons when the outside zone was a staple. He set a club record with 1,613 yards rushing as a rookie. But, Florida Atlantic ran a lot of power with Morris, focusing on runs between the guards. His job: break inside the pulling guard's block and stay downhill. It requires patience, something Morris always showed -- he excelled at pressing the hole, setting up his blockers on the backside for success. Keim added that Morris could use a strong season, considering he's in the final year of his contract. Also, the Redskins just drafted running back Matt Jones in the third round. At 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, Jones has the makings of a power back the Redskins could have for a while. But HC Jay Gruden has made it clear Morris is their man. "Alfred is our feature back, obviously," he said, "but in the NFL nowadays it's important to have two, three guys that can carry the ball. If you want to commit to running the football, you've got to have a couple guys that can tote it, so Matt will just add to the number." Jones could make Morris a better draft-day value for those who aren't scared off by the rookie's presence.