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RB Alfred Morris runs 'like a train'; Cowboys know how hard he is to tackle

FRISCO, Texas -- Sean Lee saw Alfred Morris bounce off a tackler and step through another during a 15-yard touchdown run against the Miami Dolphins last week, and he knew what was coming.

Morris has perfected the home run swing for his touchdown celebration.

“I’m happy to be on the other side, on the right side of that bat celebration, because I used to hate it,” the Dallas Cowboys linebacker said. “Now I’m going to love it.”

While Lee played in only two of a possible eight regular-season games when Morris was with the Washington Redskins, the running back reached the end zone seven times against the Cowboys. He had three games with more than 100 yards and three more with more than 70.

The Redskins did not make much of an attempt to keep Morris, and he joined the Cowboys on a modest two-year deal, which happened before the Cowboys drafted Ezekiel Elliott in the first round.

Morris carried 13 times for 85 yards and that score in the Cowboys’ 41-14 preseason win against the Dolphins. It was hardly flashy, but it was effective.

The two-time Pro Bowler rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Redskins, including 1,613 yards and 13 TDs for a 4.8-yard average his rookie season in 2012. His numbers slid last season, when he rushed for a career-low 757 yards with just one touchdown and a 3.7-yard average.

At 5-foot-10, 222 pounds, Morris isn’t the biggest or fastest running back. But the Cowboys have seen up close in practice what they knew from afar: He is difficult to tackle.

“He’s got a great ability to cut and make you miss,” Lee said. “He’s got unbelievable vision, and he runs tough. I mean, he’s the complete package and a true professional in how he approaches practice every day. We’ve been seeing this all camp by how tough he runs.”

Said cornerback Morris Claiborne: “He’s like a train coming through there. He runs so hard and so low. It makes it tough to get him down.”

What Morris showed Friday is what the Cowboys saw from 2012 to 2015.

“That was him when he was with the Redskins and that’s him now,” Claiborne said. “He’s still that same player, that same guy who's been to the Pro Bowl and rushed for over 1,000 yards.”