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Morgan had 39 yards receiving in the Redskins preseason opener against Tennessee.
Former Virginia Tech wide receiver Josh Morgan makes a catch in Redskins training camp on Monday.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
RICHMOND — The horn signaled the end of practice on Wednesday at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, and wide receiver Josh Morgan, Robert Griffin III, Donte Stallworth and DeAngelo Hall made their way to a sea of camouflage uniforms standing on the second practice field along the fence.
The players signed autographs, took pictures with the soldiers and one big class photo.
Morgan said he has a special connection to those in the military as some of his close family members have served in various branches.
“A lot of people don’t have the connection, don’t really know what [military members] go through, the effect it has on you,” he said. “Just like people that don’t have connections to people that play sports don’t really know what we go through and how hard it is to do what we do. It’s not ignorance of the situation. They just can’t relate to it.”
His brother is in the Navy, and his mother is a Navy veteran. Morgan said his uncles served as well.
“It’s definitely near and dear to my heart,” he said. “Anytime I can give back and talk to them and hear their stories, I really relate to it because I see it firsthand at home.”
The story of Morgan’s training camp is going well.
“I haven’t been dropping the ball and doing everything right and getting more comfortable in the offense,” he said. “When they call my name, I go and make the play.”
The former Virginia Tech wideout was drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL draft. Morgan spent four seasons with the 49ers, scoring nine touchdowns and recording 1,764 yards.
After starting the first five games of 2011, Morgan broke his ankle against Tampa Bay. He joined Washington in 2012, playing in 16 games, 15 of which he started. Morgan had 48 catches for 510 yards and two touchdowns.
However, the injury lingered and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that it showed.
“Last year, he could hardly cut,” he said. “You could see that. He wanted to compete, but he really had a hard time getting in and out of breaks. You could see that. We kept on waiting for him to improve and it didn’t. It didn’t improve, but he played through it and he played hurt and he played tough.”
Morgan had seven screws in his ankle removed and Shanahan said the receiver is going in the right direction.
“He’s made tremendous strides from last year,” he said. “I think between rehab and getting himself back in football shape, you can see the progress. He’s not hurting like he was a year ago.”
Morgan had 39 yards receiving in the Redskins preseason opener against Tennessee and is looking forward to the games ahead.
“You always are biting at the bit to get to the next game,” he said. “Even though they say take it one game at a time, as a player you wish you could play all the games back to back to back. You hate the downtime in between, but sometimes you need the rest for your body.”
While competition in the preseason is not what Morgan will face during the regular season, he said that preseason playing time is valuable.
“You go out there and do what you can in the time you have,” he said. “As long as you produce and maximize the time that you have, there’s nothing to complain about.”
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