Alfred Morris

New York Giants
Running Back #46
New York Giants
Running Back #46

Alfred Morris News

Useful in limited role

Morris finished 2020 with 55 carries for 238 yards (4.3 YPC) and one touchdown.

Analysis: Morris was reasonably effective as Wayne Gallman's backup after Saquon Barkley went down, but the journeyman veteran is unlikely to serve as more than a depth piece if he makes a team next year.

Jan 11, 2021 10:56 AM EST


Musters up 13 yards

Morris rushed three times for four yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Morris played just eight of 64 snaps on offense, finishing third among Giants' running backs in the pecking order. His playing time has fluctuated this season, and he's averaged just 6.6 touches per game over eight weeks with the team.

Dec 28, 2020 8:41 AM EST



Modest day as backup

Morris had seven carries for 39 yards on 13 offensive snaps Sunday night against the Browns.

Analysis: He's Wayne Gallman's primary early-down backup with a limited skill set, role and upside.

Dec 22, 2020 8:42 AM EST


Quiet day

Morris had three carries for seven yards on six snaps in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Morris is marginal to begin with, but he's especially unusable when the Giants fall behind. He'll continue to back up Wayne Gallman for the time being.

Dec 15, 2020 3:05 AM EST


Vultures two touchdowns

Morris carried the ball eight times for 39 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Seahawks. He added one reception for six yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Morris was out-touched by Wayne Gallman 16-9, though he vultured two touchdowns to account for his production. His first trip to the end zone came on a four-yard rush, which came one play after Gallman broke free for a 60-yard gain. On the Giants' following offensive possession, Morris caught a six-yard touchdown when he leaked from the backfield uncovered. Though he won't serve as the team's lead back, Morris could continue to see goal-line work in Week 14 against Arizona if Devonta Freeman (ankle/hamstring/illness) remains sidelined.

Dec 6, 2020 5:51 PM EST



Garners four carries

Morris had four carries for eight yards during Sunday's 19-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: The veteran tailback played only eight offensive snaps, so the four touches isn't representative of the time he spent on the field. Wayne Gallman received 27 touches while Dion Lewis played 22 offensive snaps, clearly illustrating that Morris won't be involved much in the current backfield.

Dec 1, 2020 7:55 PM EST


Jumps to active roster

The Giants signed Morris off their practice squad Friday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The Giants have elevated Morris to the active roster the last two games, which also happens to be the maximum number of times a team can do so with any player this season. During those outings, he combined for 17 carries for 95 yards and one catch (on one target) for four yards while working behind Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis. With Devonta Freeman bumped to injured reserve after aggravating an ankle injury at Thursday's practice, Morris is set to get regular work for at least the next two contests (Sunday against the Eagles and Week 12 at Cincinnati).

Nov 13, 2020 3:46 PM EST


Sent to practice squad

Morris reverted to the Giants' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Morris played in 16 of his team's 77 offensive snaps in Sunday's matchup against Washington, rushing for 67 yards on nine carries while snagging one catch on one target for four yards. Despite this, he was demoted to the practice squad following the contest.

Nov 9, 2020 8:22 PM EST


Highly efficient outing Week 9

Morris registered 67 rushing yards on nine carries, adding a four-yard catch during Sunday's 23-20 win against Washington.

Analysis: New York fed Morris the team's second-highest carry total of the afternoon, as he carved his way to 7.4 yards per attempt against his former employer of four years. Morris posted all three of his 1,000-yard rushing seasons and both of his Pro Bowl campaigns as a member of Washington, but this Sunday he helped a different NFC East squad get back into peripheral playoff contention amidst a struggling division. If Devonta Freeman (ankle) returns to the RB rotation next week against Philadelphia, that development certainly could mitigate Morris' role.

Nov 8, 2020 5:28 PM EST


Back on active roster

Morris was elevated to the Giants' active roster Saturday, Dan< Salomone of the team's digital staff/a> reports.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Morris was expected to once again get promoted after Devonte Freeman (ankle) got ruled out for a second straight game. Wayne Gallman got the start last week and played 43 percent of the offensive snaps, while Morris seemingly shared the No. 2 role with Dion Lewis. Both he and Lewis played 28 percent of the snaps. The veteran ended the game with 28 yards on eight carries. He is presumably in line for a similar role this week against Washington, his old team.

Nov 7, 2020 11:37 AM EST


Likely to rejoin Giants backfield

The Giants are expected to promote Morris from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game in Washington, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

Analysis: New York has ruled out Devonta Freeman (ankle) out for a second straight game, leaving an opening on the roster for a third running back. Wayne Gallman started and played 43 percent of the offensive snaps in Monday's loss to the Buccaneers, while Morris essentially shared the No. 2 role with Dion Lewis in his Giants debut. Both played 28 percent of the snaps, with Lewis serving as a pass-catching specialist and Morris (eight carries for 28 yards) working as a secondary ballcarrier behind Gallman.

Nov 6, 2020 3:08 PM EST


Goes back to practice squad

Morris reverted back to the Giants' practice squad Tuesday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: With Devonta Freeman sidelined due to an ankle injury, the Giants elevated Morris to reinforce the backfield for Monday's game against the Buccaneers. Predictably, Wayne Gallman led the way with 32 of 74 offensive snaps en route to 13 touches for 62 yards and one TD, but Morris (21 and 8-28-0, respectively) was close behind him while Dion Lewis served as the pass-catching option, hauling in two of three targets for eight yards and a score. If Freeman doesn't make much progress this week, Morris may again be called upon Sunday at Washington.

Nov 3, 2020 8:28 AM EST


Promoted to active roster

Morris has been added to the Giants' active roster in advance of Monday night's game against the Buccaneers, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Morris, who had been on the team's practice squad, gives the Giants some added Week 8 backfield depth, with Devonta Freeman (ankle) out Monday. He'll mix in behind Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis in what's slated to be his first NFL regular-season appearance in just over a year.

Nov 2, 2020 2:35 PM EST


Signs with Giants

The Giants signed Morris to the practice squad Tuesday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: With Saquon Barkley (torn ACL) done for the season, Morris will add depth on the practice squad while Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman handle the workload on the active roster. The 31-year-old Morris played just one game last season with the Cardinals.

Sep 29, 2020 3:15 PM EST


Released Saturday

Morris was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Morris was released to make way for Ezekiel Elliott's return to the 53-man roster. It's possible the veteran running back may wind up back on the Cowboys roster in the future.

Sep 7, 2019 9:40 AM EST


Finds end zone against Texans

Morris carried the ball five times for 18 yards and a touchdown while failing to catch his only target in Saturday's preseason win over the Texans.

Analysis: The veteran back got stuffed at the goal line on his initial push but bounced outside for a one-yard TD in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 34-0 rout of their in-state rivals. Morris seems set as the team's insurance policy in case Ezekiel Elliott's holdout extends into the regular season, but Tony Pollard appears to be the clear starter in the event Zeke misses Week 1's tilt against the Giants.

Aug 25, 2019 9:08 AM EST


Sees action Saturday

Morris carried the ball three times for six yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Rams.

Analysis: After sitting out the Cowboys' exhibition opener, the veteran back saw his first snaps of the preseason late in the first quarter Saturday. Morris was the second RB deployed after impressive rookie Tony Pollard, and if Ezekiel Elliott's holdout lingers into the regular season, it looks like Morris would fill the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. Whether he'll even has a roster spot if Elliott rejoins the team before Week 1, however, isn't yet clear.

Aug 19, 2019 7:27 AM EST


Reunites with Cowboys

Morris agreed to terms on a contract with the Cowboys on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Morris previously played for Dallas in 2016 and 2017, when he appeared in 28 games recording 226 carries for 975 yards (4.3 YPC) and three touchdowns. He now reunites with the team as Ezekiel Elliott (contract dispute) continues to hold out from training camp. Morris will provide the Cowboys with immediate depth at the running back position and compete with Darius Jackson, Tony Pollard and Mike Weber for the No. 2 role.

Jul 29, 2019 6:42 PM EST


Visiting with Saints

Morris is flying to New Orleans for a visit with the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Evidently looking for backfield depth, the Saints hosted Theo Riddick on Sunday. This is the first report of Morris meeting with any team since his contract expired at the beginning of the league year.

Jul 29, 2019 11:55 AM EST


Expected to leave San Francisco

Morris isn't expected to re-sign with the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: With Jerick McKinnon (knee) joining Matt Breida (ankle), Jeff Wilson (shoulder) and special teams ace Raheem Mostert (forearm), the 49ers ideally wouldn't have any use for Morris, who took 111 carries for 428 yards (3.9 average) and two scores in 12 games after signing with the team in mid-August. The 30-year-old running back could be looking at another lengthy wait on the open market, assuming he plans to continue his football career.

Feb 18, 2019 8:53 AM EST


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