League Interest in Morris Increasing?

Seahawks running back Maurice Morris has been an enigma during his time in the Emerald City. He's shown flashes of brilliance, but he's also been relegated to the background behind Shaun Alexander. Now, it seems that at least one team might see Morris as the feature back he would like to be.

According to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Minnesota Vikings are interested in Seattle Seahawks running back Maurice Morris. Scout.com has confirmed that report through a league source. Also, according to the source, the team has very strong interest in Baltimore Ravens running back Chester Taylor.

Taylor has been a backup to star running back Jamal Lewis the last four years. Taylor has started eight games in his four-year career for the Ravens, one in 2005 and four in 2004. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound running back has a 4.3-yard average on 373 carries.

Like Morris, Taylor would also be a good fit for head coach Brad Childress’ West Coast offense, as he had 41 receptions in 2005. Taylor has also returned 45 kicks in his career, with a 20.8-yard average. Taylor is built a little stronger physically than Morris.

Morris hasn’t gotten quite the opportunity that Taylor has over the last four years, garnering 171 rushes for 806 yards (a 4.7-yard career average), but he saw the most action in the ground game in 2005, with 71 carries. He hasn’t been used as much in the passing game, getting 21 receptions for 158 yards (7.5-yard average).

Morris could also be used in the return game, as he has 129 kickoff returns for 2,843 yards (22-yard average) and 15 punt returns for 75 yards (5-yard average). Last year, however, he only returned one punt and no kickoffs.

Morris is a fast back but has not been a feature back thus far his in career. And as scout.com first reported earlier this week, the Seahawks aren’t expected to re-sign him and are seeking an upgrade. The team has spoken to at the least the following running backs at the Combine: UCLA's Maurice Drew, Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun and Virginia's Wali Lundy.


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