The attention was understandably focused Monday on Santonio Holmes, which is understandable when a Super Bowl MVP is added to the roster. But Holmes is well down any depth chart iteration (unofficially fifth string on this week’s listings) and may not play Friday in Seattle against the Seahawks.
This adds to the focus that should and will be on Josh Morgan, the current No. 3 wide receiver after exits by Marquess Wilson (injury) and Eric Weems (released) and suddenly very much at the center of a sorting out on offense, made even more important with the loss of pass-catching tight end Zach Miller to IR with a foot injury.
It is suddenly Morgan’s turn in a job competition that is still far from over.
“In terms of how we’re doing it, Josh Morgan will get some work this week,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’ll see where the other guys are as we are as we move through the end of the week, but Josh will get the first shot at it as we work into this week’s practice and as we work into the game.”
At 6-1, 220 pounds, he fits the size profile of Bears receivers, taller than Weems (5-9) and a more physical and polished receiver than Wilson (200 pounds). Morgan is tied for second on the team with five receptions behind Miller and Brandon Marshall (six).
"I think I'm a workhorse at the receiver position," said Morgan, who has 199 career receptions from stints with San Francisco and Washington. "I contribute majorly in the blocking game, I catch everything that's thrown my way, or I try to. I break tackles, I'm physical after the run, physical in the blocking game. I think I have a very unique style at the wide receiver position, some people 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 let you describe my game.
I try to be a complete wide receiver, I try to be well rounded, I try and be a workhorse. I want to do whatever's needed. 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. 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.”