WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Joe Morgan is going to make it difficult for the Saints to move in a different direction.
The team suspended him last season and then cut him. He came back this offseason, and despite a bunch of other receivers being brought in, it seems like no one can push him out. If Wednesday’s practice against the Patriots can be taken as a true barometer, he appears to be the No. 4 receiver on the depth chart, which would put him on the right side of the roster equation.
“There are a lot of things he can do and do well,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “I really love his mindset coming into this camp. He has great body language, a lot of confidence, doing some really good things in the passing game and the run game, just all around.
“(He’s) coming every day with a level of consistency that he has been missing in the past. I have been very pleased with him.”
Morgan caught both of the passes thrown to him during practice. The second one, which was a deep pass over New England cornerback Malcolm Butler down the left sideline, was his most impressive moment.
If camp were to break today, it appears Morgan would only be below Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman on the depth chart. Josh Morgan appeared to be the No. 5 receiver, and Nick Toon was sixth. Of course, a lot can change over the next several weeks, but Morgan appears to be in a good spot.
One thing that could help Joe Morgan is his ability as a blocker. That trait helped Robert Meachem win a job last year, and it could give Joe Morgan an edge over some others.
“I think it is one of his great strengths,” Brees said. “He doesn’t look like a blocker because he is lean and looks more like a gazelle, he can run, which he can. His ability to block in the run game and kind of bring the physical presence there is very important.”