Out goes Joe Morgan and in comes Steve Breaston. And so falls yet another NFL player to a season-ending injury before the season begins.
I wasn’t really sure how to feel when news broke that the New Orleans Saints‘ Joe Morgan was lost for the season with an ACL injury suffered in last Saturday’s scrimmage practice. I was hoping that the Saints could escape training camp and the preseason without being visited by the injury bug, but there was no way that was going to happen.
At first I was a little concerned for New Orleans’ depth at wide receiver. I believe that Morgan was the favorite to secure the number three spot on the wide receiver depth chart. I am at ease, or rather, less concerned following the signing of seven year veteran receiver Steve Breaston.
New Orleans signed the seven year veteran to a one year contract Monday after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of last season. Breaston’s numbers aren’t overly impressive and they dipped quite a bit from the 2011 season to the 2012 season, but I would venture a guess that most of this could be attributed to the train wreck of a football team that were the Chiefs last season.
Breaston’s spot on the depth chart is by no means guaranteed, but I do like his chances. He caught for 1,006 yards as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and over 700 yards the preceding three seasons. Breaston will bring veteran knowledge and experience to the Saints and their wide receiving corps. Additionally, while he may not be a a top-tier, big name receiver, he has shown that he can be a threat on the field. During the 2008 season as a member of the Cardinals, Breaston was one of three Arizona receivers to catch over 1,000 yards, the other two being Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.
Breaston has shown that he can play alongside established and up-and-coming receivers and be a viable threat. Previously in Arizona, Breaston was catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner; now he will be catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. I like where this is going, and in hindsight, this is probably a much better move than signing former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson.
So, Morgan has my condolences for spending yet another season off the field, but I am still excited for New Orleans to begin the season and I expect great things!