Saints WR Joe Morgan could be a fantasy breakout player in 2013
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Saints WR Joe Morgan could be a fantasy breakout player in 2013

As of today, the Saints have yet to re-sign unrestricted free agent wide receiver Devery Henderson nor are they expected to. That means once you get past starters Marques Colston and Lance Moore @LanceMoore16, Joe Morgan is currently slated to be the Saints' No. 3 wideout.
Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune wrote a piece Thursday that centers around Morgan preparing for the upcoming season and a larger role in the Saints' offense.
"I have to keep that chip on my shoulder so I don't get complacent and think I've done something when in reality I still have a long ways to go," Morgan said. "But I am excited. The opportunity is out there. I just have to seize it."
Morgan's calling card is his straight-line speed and big-play ability. The three touchdowns he scored last season came from 34, 48, and 80 yards out. That 80-yard score was the only catch he had against the Packers on Sept. 30. On Dec. 9 versus the Giants, Morgan caught two passes for 106 yards. He caught just 10 passes last season, but he averaged 37.9 yards yards per reception.
If Morgan is going to be that next man up for New Orleans' receivers, he will need to become a more complete wide receiver, and he's working on it.
"I've gotten a lot better at those (intermediate and short routes) working with Lance," Morgan said. "He's one of the best route-runners in the game, so just transferring that into practice and the games."

Fantasy Analysis:

Every season, there are at least one or two players per team that get this kind of story written about them. And we fantasy owners can either choose to ignore it or keep said player(s) on our radar. I'm not going to ignore Morgan out of hand. There's no denying that he has skills as a deep threat. If he can become more well-rounded, he will be a factor in that Saints' offense. And catching passes in that pass-heavy system from Drew Brees ain't a bad gig if you can get it. Definitely keep tabs on Morgan this summer. If he continues to grow, and if Colston, Moore and/or Jimmy Graham -- all of whom have an injury history -- go down, he could be a very valuable fantasy asset. If he remains nothing more than a deep threat, he'll be worth a buck, but totally inconsistent.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

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