2012 NFL Bold Predictions: Redskins' Josh Morgan Will Have 1,000 Receiving Yards
Wide receiver Josh Morgan is continuing his road to recovery with the Washington Redskins. He was unable to participate in 11-on-11 drills in Mini Camp last month, but is getting closer to returning.
The 27-year-old receiver suffered a broken leg as a member of the San Francisco 49ers on a 19-yard reception from quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a blowout win against the Buccaneers last season. He was tackled just short of the end zone, and had to be carried off the field.
The Redskins liked him enough and signed him to a two-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $12 million.
The D.C. native can be a down-field threat when healthy and can make some big catches. The first four seasons of his NFL career were spent in a situation where the quarterback situation was sketchy at best.
Shaun Hill and Troy Smith were quarterbacks he played with since he came into the league in 2009.
Alex Smith through the first five years of his career averaged just about an interception per game. A total of 53 picks in his first 54 games for a No. 1 overall selection is unacceptable.
Under coach Jim Harbaugh, Smith finally had some success as he helped lead the 49ers to the NFC title game. Morgan was on pace for a career season in 2011. He led the team with 220 yards on 15 receptions in his first five games before the injury.
Morgan will have Robert Griffin III throwing to him this season. Griffin has a strong arm which fits the wide receiver's strength. He can make catches down the field. The former Virginia Tech product averaged 14.7 yards per catch last season. He averages 13.5 yards a reception for his career.
The guy can play. He never had an opportunity to consistently succeed in a system which features the strengths of a quarterback.
Griffin III is already an upgrade over the past signal callers that have taken snaps under center the past few years.
The situation is similar to the Carolina Panthers a season ago when Cam Newton entered into his rookie season. Everyone thought Steve Smith's better days were behind him. Newton resurrected his career.
Smith caught 79 balls for 1,394 yards and seven touchdowns. He was the main go-to-guy on the outside for the Panthers. Tight ends Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen drew attention over the middle, which helped Smith.
This could be a similar situation for the Redskins in 2012. Fred Davis and a healthy Chris Cooley will help Griffin III over the middle at the tight end position. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who was signed away from the Colts as a free agent, will be a big part of the offense.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan can line up Morgan to the outside or in the slot. Either way he will get his opportunities to impact the passing game.
Morgan is a guy to watch in 2012. He will surprise a lot of doubters who believe he can't come back from the injury.
Expect him to surpass 1,000 yards this season and grab seven touchdowns.
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