Morris on D&H: ‘This is the lightest I’ve been’ entering camp
|08.13.10 at 12:19 pm ET|
Running back Sammy Morris joined the Dale & Holley show on Friday to talk about his health entering training camp and the crowded backfield of the Patriots.
“We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other,” Morris said. “I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day.”
Morris also touched on contributing in other areas and playing on special teams.
Below are the highlights of the conversation. To hear the interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
How has camp been going for you?
I think camp has been going pretty good. Just coming in, I think everyone comes in and hopes to do their best and stay healthy. Try to improve every day and try to improve as players which will help improve the team.
As far as your health, how are you coming into camp?
Pretty good. We have a lot of depth that we are able to take the pounding off each other. I’m doing pretty good, this is the lightest I’ve been as far as weight that I’ve come in in long time. So it’s pretty good and like I said, just trying to get better every day.
Is that something you were trying to do?
Yeah, you know Mike Woicik, our strength and conditioning coach, he’s been around a long time. He was telling me about his days with the Cowboys and how he would tell Emmitt Smith, especially with running backs that the older you get, the less you should weigh. He actually told me that for two years and I’m just now taking heed and taking his advice. Between Kevin [Faulk] and Fred [Taylor] and myself, we’ve tried to come in a little lighter and I feel pretty good.
Looking at last night against the Saints, how encouraged are you about the running game?
I think it’s going pretty good. I think any running back would say, “As the offensive line goes, so does the running game.” I think I we have a lot of ability up front and making holes and if they do their job, the onus is on the running backs to make plays. That’s what Laurence [Maroney] and Ben[Jarvus] [Green-Ellis] were able to do, even when there wasn’t much in there, still getting three of four yards and making a potential little into a positive.
When you have so many backs on the team, is it tough for you to get into a role?
I think to successfully run a multiple-back offense, I think first off you need the right kind of guys that are team players and are focused on the team first. After that it’s really what the coaches see fit and kind of putting us into a role that they think we’ll do best. I don’t really find it difficult. … I just think that once we’ve done all we can, it’s really a matter of the coaches putting us into a role and asking us to do our best.
What can we expect from this offense in the regular season? What kind of personality will you have?
I don’t think anybody should really expect anything per say other than us going out there and trying to perform and try to put points up. I’ve always said whether that’s running it 50 times a game or throwing it 50 times, you have to have the right kind of guys to do that. At the same time, it’s a good thing for an offense to be versatile. You can be successful passing or running or a good mix of both.
Do you enjoy being on special teams?
I do. I’ve always pride myself on being a versatile player. Whenever the coaches ask me to do something, I try to go out and do it. Whether I’m playing special team or fullback or tailback or catching the ball, I try to pride myself in being a versatile player. Like I said, all those different things are what have helped our team win.
What did you see out of Julian Edelman out there?
Julian is a tough guy and he’s always trying to make plays. He’s a tough kid, I don’t any of us were really surprised by the things he was able to do last night and we kind of hope that he keeps doing the same things to help our team win.
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