Second-year veteran Marquess Wilson seemed a lock to win the No. 3 receiver job until suffering a broken collarbone. Now the Chicago Bears turn their attention to some of the other reserves as potential replacements for Wilson, and veteran Josh Morgan believes he's perfectly capable of doing the job.
In fact, Morgan compares his game to San Francisco's Anquan Boldin.
“I contribute majorly in the blocking game. I catch everything that's thrown my way, or try to,” Morgan said. “I break tackles. I'm physical after the [catch], physical in the blocking game. I think I have a very unique style at the receiver position. Some compare me to the type of style that Anquan Boldin has, but I couldn't really tell half the stuff that these guys do. I have to let the scouts describe my game. I try and be a workhorse. I want to do whatever's needed.”
When the Bears host the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday at Soldier Field, Morgan's words likely will be put to the test as he tries to separate himself in a competition for the No. 3 job which includes candidates such as Eric Weems, Chris Williams and Josh Bellamy. The Bears operate out of three-receiver formations extensively, meaning the No.3 receiver plays nearly as much as a starter.
Morgan, listed as 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds (the same as Boldin), has caught 199 passes over six years in the NFL, hauling in 52 and 44 balls in 2009 and 2010 as a 49er, and 48 in 2012 with the Washington Redskins.
“If you need me to go down there and block a 330-pound defensive end, that's what I used to do a lot with the Redskins,” Morgan said. “If you need me to be a big major part in the running game like I was in San Francisco for Frank Gore, I did all those types of things throughout my career. If you need me to make the big play or the tough catch -- the catch in traffic or the catch across the middle -- I think if you watch film of me over the years, I think I've done all of that.”
He'll certainly need to do it again to catch on as Chicago's primary slot receiver.