Josh Morgan is breaking out from the San Francisco 49ers’ logjam at wide receiver.
The second-year player continues to build on his promising rookie season and a standout spring. Now he’s challenging not only for a starting position, but also to be the 49ers’ No. 1 target.
“That’s the kind of goal you set for yourself,” Morgan said Monday. “You want to be that No. 1 receiver. When everything is on the line, you want them to go to you and know you are going to make the play. So that’s my attitude and how I go about things.”
The 49ers haven’t had a legitimate No. 1 receiver since Terrell Owens left after the 2003 season. Isaac Bruce has been the closest thing to it since then, leading the team with 61 receptions for 835 yards and seven touchdowns last year.
Bruce is back with the 49ers this year for his 16th NFL season and again figures to play a prominent role. But the team is grooming Morgan to make a bigger impact, particularly with first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree still unsigned and not yet in camp.
The 49ers took Crabtree 10th overall and spent $16.6 million to acquire free-agent receiver Brandon Jones during the offseason.
“It might sound weird, but I was happy about us bringing those guys in,” Morgan said. “There’s a lot of receivers out there now, a lot of talent, and that’s only going to make you better, make you elevate your play and make you bring out your best every day.”
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