At the end of the 2012 training camp, New Orleans Saints coaches praised rookie wide receiver Joseph Morgan for the progress he had made during the summer. They are still singing his praises as the season is coming to a close.
Dec 9, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) turns up field after pass reception against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the New Orleans Saints 52-27. Mandatory Credit: Jim O
This isn’t the first time that Morgan has made an impact with the Saints. Last preseason he caught his first touchdown against the Houston Texans on a 56 yard pass from quarterback Chase Daniel.
Morgan however, ended the preseason with a knee injury. He was placed on the injured reserve list and did not make the 53-man roster.
This year, Morgan has had limited opportunities to make plays. When he does get the ball it’s usually for a huge gain. This year he has 9 catches for 371 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 41 yards per catch. While the numbers are a bit inflated because of his lack of touches, his skill is not according to teammates.
Wide receiver Lance Moore has been a mentor for Morgan over the past two years he has been with the team. Following the Saints 41-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Moore acknowledged how much Morgan has developed.
"He’s so fast and has the ability to run by guys; He’s almost scary out there and defenses definitely have to pay attention to him. He’s making a lot of plays for us.– Lance Moore’s Post Game Press Conference"
Morgan’s speed is part of the reason why his yardage totals are so high. In the Buccaneers game, Morgan caught a 34 yard touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter and a 27 yard pass to get the Saints in the red zone during the 4th quarter.
Morgan’s speed has many comparing him to Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson and now-Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem, whom used their speed to stretch the field.
Morgan is not content with the impact he is having on the Saints however. Former NFL wide receiver Issac Bruce talked to the receiving group in the preseason and urged them not to be just another guy on the team. Morgan has taken this to heart and will continue working to solidify his spot as a New Orleans Saints receiver.