Josh Morgan, 6'1", 220 lbs.
Virginia Tech, Wide Receiver
2rd Season with the Redskins (6th Season Overall)
Key Career Stats:
6th Round Pick in 2008 by SF (174th overall)
Acquired by WAS via free agency in 2012
2012 Stats: 48 Receptions, 510 Yards Receiving, 2 Rec TD's, 3 Att, 25 Rush Yards
Twitter handle: @JoshMorgan
2012 Highlight: Morgan came into the season as the starting wide receiver opposite Pierre Garcon and played all 16 games, despite battling various injuries. He was solid, if unspectacular, most of the year and was extremely valuable as a run blocker. However, his best highlight was most likely this play:
Joshua Morgan crazy TD off Robert griffin fumble (via Lucas Bulger)
Even though Robert Griffin III got credit for the best fumble of the 2012 season, it was Morgan's heads-up reaction that led to that score.
2012 Lowlight: Morgan's worst moment of the season occurred in Week 2 against the Rams. Safety Cortland Finnegan had been jawing at him for most of the game, as he has a reputation for doing. Morgan had even said in an interview before the matchup that he knew Finnegan would test him. He had five catches for 50 yards, but on his fifth catch, as the Redskins were driving for what they hoped would be the game-winning drive, Morgan allowed Finnegan's antics to get the better of him.
Josh Morgan throws ball at Cortland Finnegan Rams v Redskins 9 16 2012 (via Okay Mate)
The Redskins went on to lose the game, thanks in part to the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that ensued. Afterwards, some fans called on the team to cut the receiver, despite the fact that he had just signed a five year deal(two years - $7.5 million guaranteed) with the team. He even received threatening texts and tweets. Thankfully, Morgan did not have any similar incidents the rest of the year, and the shouts from angry fans slowly dissipated as the season went on.
What is coming in 2013: The DC native and former Virginia Tech Hokie most likely did not have the homecoming season he had hoped for when he signed here as a free agent. However, he seemingly has weathered the storm of animosity that followed him after the Rams game. He is very active in the community and recently, the DC City Council announced that June 20th, his birthday, would be "Josh Morgan Day" in Washington.
This offseason, he disclosed that both of his hands had suffered torn ligaments at different points throughout last season. He also was playing with a plate and seven screws in his ankle from an injury he had suffered in 2011. The plate and screws were removed in January. He also had surgeries to both hands to fix the ligament issues, and stated he was fully healthy at the most recent OTA's. The big question is whether or not he can stay healthy for sixteen games. Considering we have never seen Morgan at full speed in a Redskins uniform, and the production he did have while playing at less the 100% was serviceable, there is hope that he can elevate his game in 2013 and have a breakout season.