Josh Morgan is going to have to have fight hard if he wants to make the New Orleans Saints’ 53-man roster coming out of training camp, but the veteran receiver is already turning heads.
Signed to a one-year contract after impressing during an invitation to New Orleans’ rookie minicamp, Morgan is already beginning to turn heads with his performance during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.
The receiver has been a consistent performer thus far, catching seven of the eight passes thrown his direction during the first two days of minicamp and has made a strong impression on wide receivers coach John Morton.
“He’s tough, he’s a physical player, he’s smart,” Morton said. “Understands the game. He’s consistent — he’s consistent with what he does. The guys that will play will be the most consistent guys at any position.”
While there are others in the mix, with Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston as locks, Morgan is competing with Nick Toon, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones to make the roster. The Saints broke camp last year with five receivers.
While Toon, Coleman and Jones are young and might have more upside, Morgan has the proven ability to succeed in the NFL. He started 26 games for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, catching a combined 96 passes for 1,225 yards.
Playing under Morton in San Francisco in 2011, Morgan finished with 15 catches for 220 yards. He battled injuries the last two seasons playing for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.
“He’s been hurt really the last couple years,” Morton, who vouched for Morgan with the Saints, said. “When you go to two different offenses and you’re learning again, there’s a lot involved with why people don’t have success when they go to a different team.”
The Saints are hoping Morgan can buck that trend in New Orleans.