New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan put himself in a horrible position a few weeks ago with a DWI arrest that placed his role with the team in doubt.
With Saints OTAs underway it appears Morgan is back in the good graces of the Saints and head coach Sean Payton.
Morgan spoke with the media Thursday about his error in judgement and says he’s thankful no one was hurt in the process (per NOLA.com’s Larry Holder):
“I made a mistake for sure,” Morgan said after the Saints final minicamp practice. “As a man I can say that. It was something that was truly a mistake. The good thing about it is that I didn’t get hurt and nobody else got hurt. That was a God given thing. God is teaching me a listen. I’m learning. I learned the hard way, but it’s good that I actually learned that lesson.”
Morgan also says he feels much better about his role with the team after sitting down and talking with Payton:
“Of course that’s something you have to think about,” Morgan said. “That’s my job. If you did something in your job, you would be concerned if it was your job. That was something in the back of my mind, but once I sat down and talked to Coach Payton, it was something that we could handle.”
In the report, Holder goes on to cite Payton as saying Morgan still has a serious chance to win the slot receiver job and his recent arrest will not play a major role in the decision.
Still, Morgan will have to compete with rookie Kenny Stills and other for the starting slot role. It seems as if Payton and the locker room are taking a family-like approach to Morgan after his mistake, which bodes well for his chances, but he’ll still have to show on the field he deserves the starting job.
One thing’s for sure—Morgan certainly has the talent to win the starting job in the slot. With a massive error in judgement behind him, the sky appears to be the limit.