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Week 1 vs. ARI
Receiving: 3 / 38 / 0 on 5 targets
Morgan looked ready to be this team's #1 WR even though his numbers didn't show it. He had a nice leaping catch at the sidelines, and he also showed great run after catch skills, breaking a tackle on another reception. Morgan would have had a TD on a nicely thrown ball by Hill in the red zone, but Bryant McFadden made a desperation breakup with his back to the ball in the air. Bigger numbers are likely to come for Morgan.
Week 2 vs. SEA
Josh Morgan did not register a catch but was on the field for most snaps and contributed significantly to Frank Gore's big day with his blocking on running plays.
Week 3 vs. MIN
Receiving: 4 / 47 / 0 on 4 targets
Josh Morgan was the #1 Wide Receiver threat for the Vikings in this game. He had a great catch on 4th and 1 in the second quarter that set up the first TD pass to Vernon Davis. Hill threw a side arm pass to Morgan who was breaking toward the sideline. Morgan turned up field and tacked on another 12 yards before being pushed out of bounds. Morgan worked the side-lines for most of the game, and caught everything that Hill threw in his direction.
Week 4 vs. STL
Receiving: 2 / 39 / 1 on 4 targets
Josh Morgan finally scored this season, grabbing a deep 24-yard fluttering ball from Shaun Hill in the back of the end zone behind two Rams defenders. Morgan added another catch of 15 yards, but he should have produced another touchdown on the afternoon as he let a 44-yard touchdown go through his hands on arguably the best throw by Hill all afternoon. Morgan needs to produce with more consistency to get fantasy recommendation, but the Week 4 effort against St. Louis could start him on that path.
Week 5 vs. ATL
Receiving: 4 / 78 / 0 on 9 targets
Morgan got mostly short targets close to the line of scrimmage, and he broke a tackle to turn one into a long gain, only getting tackled at the one-yard line. He was targeted on a deep jumpball in garbage time and drew a pass interference penalty. Morgan made a leaping catch in the end zone near the end of the game, but he couldn't get both feet down. He is definitely the best playmaking threat in the 49ers passing game.
Week 7 vs. HOU
Rushing: 1 / 6 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 62 / 0 on 4 targets
Josh Morgan actually appeared to benefit from the presence of Michael Crabtree as he was sent often on deeper routes in single-coverage, converting 4 receptions in to 63 yards total. By the end of the game, Morgan and Crabtree were the two San Francisco receivers lining up on most passing downs with Crabtree running more "horizontal" routes and Morgan finding more vertical space. The 49ers increased efficiency in the passing game could help Morgan realize his immense potential sooner rather then later.
Week 8 vs. IND
Receiving: 1 / 3 / 0 on 2 targets
Morgan looks to be a casualty of the Crabtree signing, though this could be a weekly blip. He was not targeted at all in the first half, while Isaac Bruce was a reliable target for Alex Smith. Coach Mike Singletary could go with whoever is hot in the rotation, but this week at least, Morgan drew the short straw. At best, he was the 5th look for Smith, after Crabtree, Davis, Bruce, and Gore.
Week 9 vs. TEN
Rushing: 1 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 9 / 0 on 7 targets
Josh Morgan drew the starting role for the 49ers in Week 9 but he could not get open enough to have a very productive day against the Titans. Most of Morgan's targets (five of seven) came in the final quarter as the 49ers tried to catch up on the scoreboard, but two of the passes were intercepted by the Titans. Morgan will likely continue to start but his fantasy stock is dropping with Michael Crabtree starting on the other side of Morgan.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Receiving: 3 / 24 / 0 on 5 targets
Josh Morgan started for the 49ers, who opened up the game with a larger percentage of passes in the first half. Morgan grabbed two short passes over the middle in the second quarter before adding a short catch later in the game. Morgan had a nice play late in the game, falling on a crucial Red Zone fumble by Frank Gore to hold on to the possession. Morgan has not been getting many chances with Michael Crabtree now starting on the other side and Vernon Davis producing well, so his fantasy upside is limited going forward.
Week 11 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / 8 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 3 targets
Morgan was barely used in the passing game, but he did turn into a rugged running back at the end of his end around, and he also had a long kickoff return to key one of the 49ers second half TD drives.
Week 12 vs. JAX
Receiving: 6 / 43 / 0 on 8 targets
Morgan was an extremely reliable target underneath. It was odd, though - where most teams send the tight end to the flat to catch the outlet pass, the 49ers send Vernon Davis deep, while Morgan stays closer to home. This should result in more catches for Morgan going forward, but fewer yards. His production is also tied to Isaac Bruce's health. He was out today, but when in the game, Morgan is an iffy fantasy start at best.
Week 13 vs. SEA
Rushing: 1 / 20 / 0
Receiving: 6 / 56 / 1 on 8 targets
Morgan was a reliable target underneath. He was given the opportunity to make some plays in this game and did not disappoint. He got a lot of early looks due to the Seahawks blitzing so heavily; Smith got off a few quick passes to him for decent gains. Morgan also gained 20 yards on a nifty double reverse, and hauled in a very nice 22-yard sideline catch that he ran in for the score. Morgan is only the third option in this offense (or fourth, when Gore is used more), but showed he has the versatility to succeed in whichever role they want him to play. He should continue to be a hit and miss fantasy option, but it will be dependant on his opportunity, not his talent.
Week 14 vs. ARI
Receiving: 3 / 14 / 0 on 5 targets
Morgan only caught a few short passes, but he was tough to bring down on his receptions, and he also did a great job blocking downfield on Gore's runs. His production was held down by the 49ers ability to lean on the running game in the second half.
Week 15 vs. PHI
Receiving: 7 / 61 / 1 on 8 targets
Josh Morgan had a strong performance despite a poor effort overall by Alex Smith and the entire passing attack against a stout Philadelphia Eagles defense. Morgan had just one catch for a single yard prior to the second half (although he did lose a 15-yarder to a penalty) but after intermission he picked up the pace with four third quarter grabs led off by a 22-yard gain on fourth-and-one along the right sideline. His final catch of the third period was a 12-yard touchdown on which he juked defender and made him miss on his way to the end zone. Morgan closed his Week 15 with two short grabs in the fourth quarter as he finished the contest as the top receiver for the 49ers in all categories. Morgan looked strong on the afternoon, using his size, speed and good hands to find open spaces against good coverage to find room to be productive against the Eagles.
Week 16 vs. DET
Rushing: 1 / 16 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 21 / 0 on 7 targets
Morgan was the primary kick returner for the 49ers in this game, and that's where his biggest contributions came. The vast majority of his offensive production came in the second quarter, where he had all four of his receptions on seven targets. He had a nice end around at the start of the fourth quarter that went for 16 yards as well.
Week 17 vs. STL
Receiving: 2 / 27 / 0 on 2 targets
Morgan had a nice run early after a short catch, flashing good speed, and also had a downfield catch, but he was clearly 3A in this passing attack after Crabtree and Davis.