Ezekiel Elliott to Cowboys means ugh for Alfred Morris

The Dallas Cowboys backfield got even more crowded, which hurts a former Redskins fan favorite.

Alfred Morris signing with the Dallas Cowboys pained many Redskins fans. What the Cowboys did in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft surely pained the former Washington running back.

Jerry Jones made a splashy move with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by selecting Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Over a month ago, the Dallas Cowboys signed Morris to a two-year, $3.5 million deal. That meant the power runner would complement last year's starter in Dallas, Darren McFadden.

The good news is Morris gets to play behind a strong offensive line that turned DeMarco Murray into a star two seasons ago. The bad news is he might not play nearly as much as desired when he signed with the NFC East team. 

Morris likely had more than one offer on the table but probably felt he would have the best chance for playing time in Dallas. Washington was clearly looking to transition their power run game to second-year man Matt Jones after the Redskins spent a third-round pick on the former Florida Gator last year.

A 2012 sixth-round pick, Morris has claimed that he has soft hands but has failed to show his worth in the passing game, which might keep him off the field in passing situations.

Nobody questions Elliott's skill or ability to play three downs after a stellar career with the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, Dallas has far greater needs on the defensive side and passed on several strong options, including Florida State corner Jalen Ramsey.

Clearly, this is not an ideal situation for Morris who was looking to win a starting job in Dallas after a solid four years in DC. This tweet sums up the situation:


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