On 3 and 8 with 1:25 remaining in the 4th, Joshua Morgan had an opportunity to put the Washington Redskins in field goal position, with the team down three points against the St. Louis Rams. Unfortunately after catching the ball and running for what looked to be short of a first down, Morgan threw the ball at Cortland Finnegan drawing a penalty that took Washington out of scoring range. While the Redskins had plenty of opportunities before that incident, Morgan throwing the ball at Finnegan was the result of frustrating on-field play and officiating throughout the game.
Joshua Morgan repeatedly said after the game that he “should have kept his calm.” But throwing the ball wasn’t the only poor decision Morgan made on that play. Instead of catching the ball and running forward for the first down, Morgan decided to change direction. He cut back towards the sidelines, allowing Cortland Finnegan to chase him from behind – adding extracurricular activity after the playing. Had Morgan ran forward for the first down, Finnegan would have never been a factor in the play.
Mike Shanahan looked irate after Morgan’s horrid mistake, and the look left some wondering if Shanahan could discipline Morgan for his dumb decision making.
2nd year receiver Leonard Hankerson could be the beneficiary of Morgan’s horrible decision. Though the receiver was only targeted three times Sunday, he caught the ball twice – one being the long 68 yard touchdown. Shanahan went out of his way to complement Hankerson after game. I wouldn’t be surprised if Hankerson becomes Washington’s starting receiver opposite of Pierre Garçon.
Morgan and Hankerson battled throughout camp for that starting “Y” receiver position, and Morgan won it by being the more consistent player during pre-season. Hankerson provides the team with more size and ability to create big plays, as he did on Sunday. Morgan is a good possession receiver, but with Hankerson finding his comfort zone, Shanahan could decide to move Hankerson above Morgan on the depth chart.
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