By Bill Bradley, contributing editor
One of the biggest safety changes this season is the requirement for all NFL players to wear leg and thigh pads.
"My job is to make sure guys are in correct uniform for the game," he said. "That means their jerseys, their socks, their towels -- everything has to be uniform."
That includes the leg and thigh pads. Morris checks all players during pregame warmups and again during games. As part of the new rule, he is instructed to tell the referees if a player tries to enter play without proper leg padding.
The punishment? It will be suspension from a game until the player complies. If they try to re-enter the game without those pads, that's a 5-yard penalty.
"A lot of guys don't like it," Morris said. "This is a good rule. It's sensible. It's trying to protect the players and it's something that's going to add to their career, make it a little bit easier to play."
Morris admitted he didn't always wear the proper padding.
"I tried to get away with anything I could," he said. "I took the gussets out of my jersey. I did things to try and give myself a competitive advantage when I was playing."
"What I'm trying to do is from the eye, my naked eye, I have to be able to discern that there's a thigh and a knee there and I have to be able to see it clearly," Morris said.
For some players, that could be the difference between getting in the game and sitting on the sideline.