Joe Morgan burst onto the New Orleans Saints scene in 2011 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent on July 27, 2011. He played two seasons at the University of Illinois before switching to Walsh College.
His coaches at Walsh had connections with the St. Louis Rams, and word soon spread about his blazing speed. He became a Saints standout after two successive touchdowns in preseason games.
During those game, Morgan danced through several defenders on a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown during the Saints’ preseason win over the 49ers on August 12, 2011.
The next week, he followed that up with a 56-yard touchdown reception on August 20, 2011, preseason loss to the Texans. He exhibited elusiveness and speed. On September 3, 2011, he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury.
In a 2011 interview, Sean Payton had the following to say about Morgan
“He’s young, he’s green, there’s a lot he’s working on, but he’s still explosive and you can see that,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “He runs well and those are things that showed up right away in our first week, and yet there are still a number of little things, a lot of things that he’s working on to refine his game. But we’ve been pleased with his quick development and the explosiveness he brings in the return game and on the outside.”
Those are the facts, but how do you get a feel for a guy?