Alfred Morris: ‘I know I can catch the ball’

Morris wants a bigger role: As a rookie, Alfred Morris was a large part of Washington’s offense. Last season, that role was diminished. Now with a new coaching staff that has designs on throwing it all over the field, Morris could see his role shrink even more. That’s likely why the back is asking for more responsibility, telling ESPN.com that he knows he “can catch the ball.” If it’s a skill Morris has, it’s one that he hasn’t shown much with just 20 receptions in his first two NFL seasons. Even in four seasons at Florida Atlantic, Morris logged just 30 catches. If he doesn’t want to lose snaps to Roy Helu — which is a definite possibility — he’ll need to prove that he can be a credible receiver out of the backfield.

Could Finley return to GB?: As the football world continues to wait for Jermichael Finley’s recovery from a neck injury, Packers coach Mike McCarthy says he wouldn’t mind seeing the tight end return to Green Bay. That goes against the conventional wisdom that said Green Bay would be reluctant to bring back Finley, but he has already shown that he is a great fit in the Packers offense. Before the injury ended his season, it appeared that the veteran pass-catcher was on his way to posting career numbers. It’s hard to imagine he could immediately regain that form when and if he gets back on the field, but he would have interesting sleeper potential — especially in Green Bay.

Cowboys open to Austin return: When the Cowboys released Miles Austin in March, it opened the door for Terrance Williams to step into the team’s No. 2 receiver role. However, it doesn’t mean that Austin’s time in Dallas is over. Coach Jason Garrett says the team would be “absolutely” open to re-signing the veteran receiver. Certainly if the 29-year-old does return to Dallas, it would be as a No. 3 receiver at best and he could find himself battling with Dwayne Harris or Cole Beasley for the job. When he’s on the field, Austin has proven to be a quality fantasy option, but his propensity to injury makes him a risk that fantasy owners will need to think long and hard about before making the selection.

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