Morris welcomes running back competition

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris has insisted that he is not concerned by competition for his place after the side’s 24-10 victory over St Louis Rams.

Morris became the fifth-leading rusher in franchise history after starting the win, but as the game went on the side increasingly turned to rookie Matt James, who finished with 19 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

In comparison, 26-year-old Morris ended the match with 18 rushes for 59 yards.

"We don’t care. The only thing that matters around here is winning," Morris said.

"The last two years we’ve had seven wins. That’s not going to get it done. That’s tough.

"I don’t care who gets the stats or who is making the plays. As long as we’re winning, that’s all that matters.

"That’s what we did today. We came out with a win.

"I’m super happy, super excited and I can sleep easy tonight knowing that we left it all out there and got a win today."

Speculation has already begun to mount regarding Morris’ future at the Redskins, as he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

However head coach Jay Gruden has played down such reports, and says he is merely sharing the workload.

"There will be some games where maybe it won’t happen like that but our plan is to keep both backs fresh," Gruden said.

"I intend on them both getting plenty of touches. [Running backs] coach Randy Jordan does a great job with the substitution pattern.

"I don’t really care who’s in there. They’re both very, very good football players as long as they’re fresh."

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