Report: Signs point to Alfred Morris being Redskins starter

Mike Shanahan said he wants to “keep them guessing” when it comes to who will be the Washington Redskins starting running back in Sunday’s season opener at New Orleans.

But Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports signs indicate rookie Alfred Morris will get the nod over Evan Royster and Roy Helu, who are both entering their second seasons.

“Not yet,” Shanahan said on Friday.

Maske reports “several people with knowledge of the situation said they believe Morris is the probable starter” but it was not known if a final decision had been made.

Morris, a sixth-round draft pick from Florida Atlantic, excelled with a big workload in preseason. He ran over Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lane Briggs in a game Aug. 18 at Soldier Field. Of course, Morris lacks experience and there could be concerns about his ability in pass protection.

One thing is sure, Shanahan has had success with backs that have seemingly come out of nowhere.

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