ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- Sports Illustrated's Peter King might be the most famous NFL writer in the entire country. The author of the ever-so popular 'Monday Morning Quarterback', King was in attendance at Redskins practice on Monday.
King tweeted out five observations, including this nugget: "Florida Atl rookie Alfred Morris solid darkhorse for RB job."
That's some serious praise from King, especially since Morris is battling some pretty talented incumbent backs -- Roy Helu Jr., Evan Royster and the veteran Tim Hightower.
Morris isn't really looking too deeply into the commentary though.
"I don't know who Peter King is, but you make him sound like a big deal. I don't pay attention to stuff like that. But I'm thankful," said the 5-foot-10, 220 pound rookie.
Morris seems confident he will make the team, but when asked about possibly getting some serious playing time once the season begins, Morris thinks he's a long ways away.
"I'll have to be perfect. [Roy Helu and Evan Royster] have their strengths, but we all have our weaknesses. No mental mistakes. But, I'd have to be perfect."
The rookie's brash running style has caught the attention of the coaching staff. Why, you ask? Well one reason is that the Shanahan's have opted for Chris Cooley to fill in at backup fullback, instead of the swiftly moving Morris, who admittedly loves hitting opposing players. The Redskins clearly want to give the 22-year-old a chance.
"I'm very physical. I'm probably one of the very few running backs who
loves contact," said the rookie. "I actually like to deliver the hits, and it's saved my
body a lot."
While Morris has excelled at finding holes in training camp, and showing off his burst for a runner his size, he easily admitted that he's struggled some with pass protection schemes.
That is except for the one time when he went up against Redskins captain London Fletcher in an afternoon session of practice. Morris nearly knocked the linebacker on his backside and had to get pulled away by his teammates.
"For me to hold him off like that...I told my cousin 'It was an epic battle,'" laughed Morris.
So, according to Peter King, and now me, Alfred Morris is a reason to watch the third and fourth quarters Thursday night, when Washington travels to Buffalo for their first preseason game.
A big showing from number 46 may warrant earlier playing time in upcoming games.