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Alfred Morris about to join elite company

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Alfred Morris about to join elite company

With 18 more yards, rookie Alfred Morris will join rare company in Redskins’ history. 

Ten running backs have reached the 1,000-yard plateau wearing burgundy and gold. Morris is poised to become No. 11 – and the first since Clinton Portis in 2008 – against the Giants on Monday Night Football. If he gets there, as expected, Morris' 2012 campaign would become the 23rd 1,000-yard rushing season in Redskins' history.

“I guess you could say that,” Morris said, asked if he’s exceeded his own expectations. “I didn’t think stuff was going to come this fast. I thought I was slowly going to get into it, but my opportunity came a lot sooner.”

And the sixth round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic was ready to run with it. On his current pace, in fact, Morris would eclipse the 1,400-yard mark, which could put him among the top three rushing seasons in Redskins’ history.

“It’s an honor to be mentioned with great running backs like Clinton Portis,” Morris said, referring to Portis’ 1,500-yard season four years ago. “I’m a huge fan.”

Morris’ accomplishments have been somewhat overshadowed this season by fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, who is starting to garner MVP mentions. But it’s going to get harder to look past the running back’s contributions as the historical significance of his season increases in the coming weeks.

Entering this week’s games, Morris ranks fifth in the league in yards (982), sixth in carries (208) and 13th in yards per carry (4.7). Washington’s 1,792 yards on the ground are second in the NFL to San Francisco’s 1,797.

Morris’ 89.3 yards per game, meantime, currently ranks as the seventh highest single season mark in franchise history among running backs who played at least 11 games. The running backs in front of him? Larry Brown, Portis, Stephen Davis, John Riggins.

That’s it.

“Wow,” Morris added. “It’s such a storied franchise. A lot of big names have come through here. To be mentioned with those guys, it’s humbling.” 

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Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Derrius Guice saw 'Avengers' on Monday night — and brought a bunch of Redskins fans with him

Those who are worried about Derrius Guice's character picked up some added evidence when, on Monday night, the Redskins rookie invited a bunch of fans to watch Avengers with him in Ashburn.

Man, what is this guy's deal?

First of all, not everyone likes superheroes. So how did he know that those who joined him actually wanted to see Avengers?  Did he even ask? What if they wanted to see that really successful, really funny, really well-regarded Amy Schumer comedy, instead?

Then, there's the issue of Guice buying tickets and concessions for those who showed up.

Some people enjoy buying movie tickets — which are absolutely reasonably priced these days — and, as far as the concessions, seriously? Candy? Popcorn? He could've at least offered to buy something healthier, like broccoli. All movie theaters have broccoli.  

Thankfully, those who took Guice up on his invitation weren't grateful for the experience at all, which hopefully means this will be the last time he orchestrates a dastardly deed like this one:

At this point, it's a surprise Guice didn't slide even farther down in the draft, like to the 15th round. Unbelievable.

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

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Redskins G Arie Kouandjio likely out for the season

The news about Arie Kouandjio’s quad injury didn’t sound good when NBC Sports Washington broke it a couple of weeks ago. It didn’t sound any better when Jay Gruden said that they were seeking a second opinion. 

And now we have word that Kouandjio will be out for the season, per multiple media reports. While there was some initial hope that he might be able to play at some point this season, he is likely to be put on injured reserve soon. 

The corresponding move is expected to be the signing of guard Isaiah Williams, per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. He spent training camp with the Redskins in 2016 and 2017 before being released in the final cuts. Last year he also spent time with the Chiefs and the Colts but he has yet to appear in an NFL game. 

At worst, the Redskins have lost their starter at left guard. Kouandjio was set to compete with Shawn Lauvao for that job. Lauvao, who has been the starter at left guard going into the season for each of the last four years, would have been tough to unseat, but the 26-year-old Kouandjio may have had the inside track.

And at best, the Redskins lost experienced depth. Last year, when injuries hit hard along the offensive line, Kouandjio was re-signed and he started six games. It’s tough to lose experienced depth before the players even put pads on.

We will see if the Redskins make a move to shore up the guard position. Over the next couple of weeks, teams will be evaluating their veteran players and their rookies to see if they have younger and cheaper options. That could lead to some serviceable players getting released or some quality options being put on the trading block. 

The Redskins likely are set to get four compensatory draft picks in 2019, which would give them a total of 11 selections. They certainly could afford to deal one of those picks if they are offered a chance to upgrade at left guard. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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