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'Skins Morris runs the ball, not his mouth

Just once, let Alfred Morris be boastful, big-time, straight bling-in' diva - if for no other reason than we will officially know him as a starting running back in Washington.

Let him strut through the locker room with a platinum-diamond rope. Pull up to the practice facility in an Aston Martin speedster. Create an alter ego or two for himself: "Alfredo the Tornado" or "Rock Solid." Maybe speak of himself in the third person.

Otherwise, how will we recognize him as a big-time back? This humble young man is just too much of a culture shock right now. The most durable, rough-and-tumble regular in the Redskins backfield since Clinton Portis is so much unlike Portis - so much like any offensive prima donna entering the league leading with his bravado - you don't know what to make of him.

"I'm just blessed," he said genuinely Monday night, another game in which Morris flew under the radar that tracks Robert Griffin III's water breaks and beyond.

Blessed?

Really, you can't just puzzle and pummel the defending Super Bowl champions for 244 yards in two games this season, rush for more yards than any rookie in team history, put your head and shoulder down as you run the clock out on Monday night against the New York Giants and then shrug your shoulders to say, "I'm so grateful, so thankful. It's such a blessing to be here. I'll never take this for granted. It just solidified even more that I'll never take this for granted."

Come on, Alfred, Barry Sanders already did that.

You can't just roll up to practice in your silver, 1991 Mazda 626 sedan - with a Kelley blue book value of roughly $1,200 - and refuse to upgrade your vehicle because the car you've named "Bentley" means too much to you to give it up.

The truth: Without Morris, there is no memorable rookie year for Griffin - and vice versa. They are dependent on one another.

Without Griffin's fleet and flash and ball deception that already rivals Tom Brady's play-action skills, the defense waits for Morris. Without the shifty and strong Morris, RGIII has one less dimension with which to fool his pursuers with, one less weapon to take the considerable load on himself.

In many ways, it's the perfect 1-2, quarterback-running back punch: One guy soaks in the attention and adulation; the other is fine just to be here.

Morris's worst rookie nightmare came to fruition Monday night when he fumbled inside the 10-yard line in the second half of a nip-and-tuck game with the Giants. The underdog who beat out an injured Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster to become perhaps the biggest surprise of training camp had all those old small-school, sixth-round, what-if-they-don't-believe-in-me demons creeping up on him as the game wore on.

When his number was called again and again - when Griffin looked at him in the huddle during the final, clock-killing drive and said, "Go take us home," when he ran the ball down the Giants' gullet three straight times to end it - Morris wasn't pumping his chest out to show the world he had done it. No, he was quietly saying thanks to the people who decided he was still the best person on the team to carry the football.

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