Antonio Morrison (American football)

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Antonio Morrison
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Morrison with the Colts in 2016
No. 44 – Green Bay Packers
Position: Inside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1994-12-06) December 6, 1994 (age 23)
Bellwood, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Bolingbrook
(Bolingbrook, Illinois)
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 125
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2018
Total tackles: 177
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Antonio Morrison (born December 6, 1994) is an American football inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Florida, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

In July 2013, Morrison was charged with interfering with a police animal after barking at a police dog. The charge was dropped after it was determined that Morrison acted without malice. He was suspended for 2 games for the incident by Florida head coach Will Muschamp.[1]

On January 3, 2015, Morrsion played in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, but left the Gators 28–20 victory over East Carolina in the second quarter after he suffered a knee injury while making a tackle.[2] While covering a screen pass to a East Carolina running back, Morrison and a teammate playing defensive lineman both converged the East Carolina player to make the tackle. Morrison's teammate accidentally collided with his planted left leg. He immediately crumbled to the ground, clutching his left leg and began screaming in pain uncontrollably. The following day, Morrison was diagnosed with torn ligaments and a torn ACL in his left knee. His injury was described as devastating and Morrison was told he may never normally walk again, let alone return to football. The injury, dramatically changed Morrison's initial plan to forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He had two surgeries on January 9, 2014 and February 23, 2015. Morrison was given a ten month timetable to fully recovery, but managed to return in six months and was given the permission to return to football the following month in August.[3]

In four seasons with the Florida Gators, Morrison compiled 315 total tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 3 forced fumbles.[4]

Professional career[edit]

On December 8, 2015, it was announced that Morrison had accepted his invitation to play in the 2016 Senior Bowl.[5] On January 30, 2016, Morrison played in the Reese's Senior Bowl and was part of Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach Gus Bradley's South team that defeated the North 27–16. He was one of 38 collegiate linebackers that was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[6] He failed to appear which initially cause speculation, but Morrison stated at Florida's pro day it was due to an infection.[7] On March 22, 2016, Morrison attended Florida's pro day and performed all of the combine and positional drills as over 70 scouts and representatives from all 32 NFL teams looked on.[8] Morrison also attended private workouts and visits with a few teams, including the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Chicago Bears.[9][10][11] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Morrison was projected to be a seventh round pick or priority undrafted free agent by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He was also ranked the 11th best inside linebacker prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and was ranked the 15th best linebacker by Sports Illustrated.[12][13]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
232 lb
(105 kg)
30 38 in
(0.77 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
5.10 s 1.82 s 2.99 s 4.60 s 7.69 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
23 reps
All values from Florida's Pro Day[14]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

The Indianapolis Colts selected Morrison in the fourth round (125th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Morrison was the 18th linebacker selected in 2016.[15]

2016[edit]

On May 6, 2016, the Indianapolis Colts signed Morrison to a four-year, $2.85 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $519,906.[16][17]

Throughout training camp, Morrison competed against Sio Moore, Nate Irving, Amarlo Herrera, Junior Sylvestre, and Edwin Jackson in an open competition for the vacant starting inside linebacker role after Jerrell Freeman departed during free agency.[18][19] Head coach Chuck Pagano named Morrison the fourth inside linebacker on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind D'Qwell Jackson, Sio Moore, and Josh McNary.[20]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener against the Detroit Lions and made one solo tackle during their 39–35 loss. Morrison made his first career tackle on tight end Eric Ebron after he caught a 13-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the second quarter.[21] On December 11, 2016, Morrison earned his first career start in place of D'Qwell Jackson after Jackson suffered a concussion during a Week 13 victory over the New York Jets and was placed in the concussion protocol.[22][23] He finished the Colts' 22–17 loss to the Houston Texans with nine combined tackles.[24] On December 24, 2016, Morrison collected a season-high 11 combined tackles as the Colts' lost 33–25 at the Oakland Raiders. Morrison finished his rookie season in 2016 with 52 combined tackles (33 solo) in 16 games and four starts.[25] The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2016 season third in the AFC South with an 8–8 record and did not qualify for the playoffs. Pro Football Focus ranked Morrison the third most efficient tackler among rookies in 2016 with a tackling efficiency grade of 12.3.[26]

2017[edit]

Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino stated the Colts would hold an open competition during organized team activities and training camp to name a new starting inside linebackers to replace longtime veteran D'Qwell Jackson, who was released after the 2016 season. The competition included Morrison, Jon Bostic, Sean Spence, Luke Rhodes, Edwin Jackson, and rookie Anthony Walker Jr.[27][28] Head coach Chuck Pagano named Morrison and Jon Bostic the starting inside linebackers, along with outside linebackers John Simon and Jabaal Sheard.[29]

He started the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener at the Los Angeles Rams and recorded four combined tackles as the Colts were routed 46–9. The following week, he was inactive due to a groin injury and missed the Colts' 16–13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.[30] On October 22, 2017, he recorded a season-high 14 combined tackles during a 27–0 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. In Week 15, Morrison made 12 combined tackles in the Colts' 25–13 loss to the Denver Broncos.[31] He completed his second season with a total of 109 combined tackles (64 solo) and one pass deflection in 15 games and 15 starts.[25] Head coach Chuck Pagano was fired after the Colts finished 4–12 and did not qualify for the playoffs. The Colts' linebacker corps was weakest part of their defense. Pro Football Focus gave Morrison an overall grade of 35.8 and it ranked 83rd among all linebackers in 2017.[32]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On August 26, 2018, Morrison was traded to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for cornerback Lenzy Pipkins.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodbread, Chase (July 23, 2013). "Antonio Morrison charge for barking at police dog dropped". NFL.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Jordan McPherson (January 6, 2015). "Notebook: Antonio Morrison injures knee in Birmingham Bowl". alligator.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Edward Aschoff (December 3, 2015). "How Antonio Morrison came back from a devastating knee injury to lead Florida's defense". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Antonio Morrison profile". floridagators.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Colin Lindsey (December 8, 2015). "Senior Bowl invites". GBNReport.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Christopher Gates (February 29, 2016). "2016 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Results: Linebacker". dailynorseman.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Brian Stultz (April 25, 2016). "Report: Antonio Morrison Missed NFL Combine Due To Infection". watchstadium.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Fox Sports (March 23, 2016). "Florida players work out for NFL execs during Gators pro day". foxsports.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Terry McCormick (March 21, 2016). "Titans examine pair of Florida draft prospects". titaninsider.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  10. ^ Joe Buscaglia (March 31, 2016). "Source: Bills to host LB Morrison on draft visit". WKBW.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Sam Householder (March 25, 2016). "Which draft prospects have the Bears met with?". windycitygridiron.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
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  13. ^ Chris Burke (April 12, 2016). "2016 NFL Draft Positional Rankings". si.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
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  15. ^ Josh Wilson (April 30, 2016). "Colts draft Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison in fourth round of NFL Draft". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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  18. ^ Mike Chapelle (July 20, 2016). "Colts linebacker Nate Irving looking for more in 2nd season". fox59.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Josh Wilson (July 26, 2016). "Ted Monachino on Colts inside linebacker competition: "We've got three really good players there"". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Kevin Bowen (September 6, 2016). "Colts Release 2016 Regular Season Depth Chart". Colts.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week-2016: Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts". NFL.com. September 11, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Fox Sports (June 30, 2016). "Colts Injury Update: D'Qwell Jackson, Denzelle Good Enter League's Concussion Protocol". FoxSports.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Josh Wilson (December 11, 2016). "Colts inactives vs. Texans include several injured starters". stampedeblue.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2016: Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts". NFL.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Antonio Morrison (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  26. ^ Kevin Hickey (July 13, 2016). "Colts' Antonio Morrison among most efficient tacklers in 2016". coltswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  27. ^ Kevin Hickey (August 31, 2017). "Colts' Antonio Morrison seeing a lot of work with first team". coltswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  28. ^ Stephen Holder (February 17, 2017). "Colts release linebacker D'Qwell Jackson". indystar.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  29. ^ Stephen Holder (September 6, 2017). "Insider: Breaking down the Colts' depth chart". indystar.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  30. ^ Andrew Ites (September 13, 2017). "Colts Injury Report: Morrison, Walker Day-to-Day, Rogers Returns". horseshoeheroes.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  31. ^ "NFL Player stats: Antonio Morrsion (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  32. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Antonio Morrsion". ProFootballFocus.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  33. ^ "Packers acquire LB Antonio Morrison in trade with Colts". Packers.com. August 26, 2018.

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