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NFL 2016: Alfred Morris on the Move and Other Thoughts

Now that he is a free agent and looking for a new home, Alfred Morris is a man on a mission.

According to bigblueview.com, Morris will reportedly visit the Cowboys on Monday. It will be the first visit of the offseason for Morris, who spent four years in the nation’s capital with the Redskins.

Morris, who is only 27, has been to the Pro Bowl two times during his career, but his rushing totals have declined each year since he entered the league in 2012. Last season, Morris totaled just 751 yards on the ground with 3.7 yards per carry. The Florida Atlantic product, known for his combination of power and quickness, has scored 29 touchdowns so far in his NFL career.

The Cowboys have a need for a dominant tailback to compliment the passing game and the return of Tony Romo. At 5’10” and 224 pounds, not only can Morris move through the middle of the offensive line, he can punish defenders with his straight line speed.

Dallas might also look to the NFL Draft for a running back as both Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama’s Derrick Henry have both stated they want to play on the next level in Dallas. Elliott is a sure-fire first round pick while Henry could be taken anywhere between the first and third rounds of the Draft.

BELICHICK’S SON TO COACH SAFETIES

Another Belichick will be heavily involved in the success of the New England Patriots’ defense this year.

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that Steve Belichick was promoted to safeties coach was among several changes when the Patriots’ 2016 staff was revealed Friday.

Belichick takes over for Brian Flores, who moved to linebackers coach after Patrick Graham left to become defensive line coach with the Giants. It’s the latest role for Flores, who has served as a coaching assistant, offensive assistant/special teams, defensive assistant, and safeties coach since arriving in 2004.

If one Belichick is very good for the Patriots and their defense, imagine what two are worth to a potential Super Bowl contender.

This was not the only move made by the franchise last week. McBride also reported that Dante Scarnecchia has returned as offensive line coach. Scarnecchia replaces David DeGuglielmo, who was fired after the AFC Championship game loss to the Broncos. DeGuglielmo had succeeded Scarnecchia upon his retirement after the 2013 season.

Now that coaching changes have been made, the Patriots can continue to focus on the offseason and the NFL Draft where the team figures to look for a defensive end in the second round to replace Chandler Jones, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick in the Draft in April.

CLEVELAND MEETS WITH RGIII

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns have met to discuss the possibility of the free agent quarterback joining the team. While it is still expected that the Browns will select either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz with the second pick in the Draft, this is not a development that comes as a shock to many.

As Michael David Smith wrote, the former rookie of the year whose career in Washington flamed out after a knee injury, Griffin has so far not found any teams looking to offer him a starting job or a starter’s salary. It’s unclear just how interested the Browns are in Griffin, and how good a chance they’d give him of earning the starting job.

Cleveland released Johnny Manziel earlier this month and have not made a huge impact with its free agent activity so far.

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