Morris gained rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries last Thursday against Buffalo. The sixth-rounder out of Florida Atlantic demonstrated adequate vision and timing behind Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme.
“I’ve been opening eyes with some of the practices and stuff I have, but I think it solidified actually going out there and doing it in the game as opposed to practice,” Morris said.
“The coaches were pleased. It revealed the type of runner I am. I’m a physical guy. I’m a one-cut-and-get-North-and-South type of guy. I’ve got good balance. I’m bouncing off tackles; just that willingness to get every yard possible each and every down.”
Roy Helu Jr. will miss Saturday’s game because of left Achilles tendinitis, and Tim Hightower still is recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery. Coaches plan to give Morris an extended look against Chicago with Helu and Hightower targeting a return next weekend.
Kickers get second first chance
“I really don’t know. If you look at the lines on my face in the past I’ve worried about what other people were thinking,” said the 36-year-old Neil Rackers. “At this point, I just try to go do my job and see what happens.”
Each kicked off in the preseason opener against Buffalo. Gano’s kick landed 4 yards deep in the end zone, and the first-string coverage unit limited the return to 13 yards.
Rackers‘ kickoff landed 8 yards deep, but the return went for 18 yards against the backup coverage unit.
“I have a lot of work to do,” Rackers said. “It’s a long season, and I’m preparing like I’m going to be some place, hopefully here.”
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