Josh Morgan not complaining about reduced role

Josh Morgan, above, usually has split playing time relatively evenly with Leonard Hankerson but played far less than Hankerson last weekend (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) Josh Morgan, above, usually has split playing time relatively evenly with Leonard Hankerson but played far less than Hankerson last weekend. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Wide receiver Josh Morgan is not complaining about his decrease in playing time during the Washington Redskins’ most recent loss in their 0-3 start. But Morgan also says he is far healthier than he was last season and believes he is showing that he is fully capable of contributing when given a chance.

“That’s whatever the coaches want,” Morgan said Wednesday. “I just work here. I’m just playing. Whatever they want to do, however they want to play it, that’s what they want to do. I have felt like when I have had the opportunity that I’ve showed it.”

Morgan played 24 snaps during this past Sunday’s defeat to the Detroit Lions while Leonard Hankerson, who usually splits time relatively evenly with Morgan at the wide receiver spot opposite Pierre Garcon, played 54 snaps.

“You can’t really worry about that,” Morgan said. “You’ve got to let the coaches coach.”

In three games this season, Morgan has eight catches for 109 yards while Hankerson has 11 catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Yet Morgan, who signed with the Redskins as a free agent prior to last season, said he knows he is more capable of contributing than he was last year after undergoing offseason surgeries on his right ankle and both hands.

“You see it on film, too,” Morgan said. “You see me separating [from defenders] a lot more than I did last year. You see everything improving.”

Morgan has been given a chance as the Redskins’ kickoff returner and totaled 43 yards on two returns against the Lions. He acknowledged he made a mistake by opting to return one kick from six yards deep in his own end zone, rather than settling for a touchback. He reached only the 13-yard line.

“They just put me back there last week,” Morgan said. “[The coaches] told me I did a good job minus the one I probably should have stayed in. But I didn’t realize I was that deep. I told them before that, anyway, that I was gonna bring it out and make a play.”

Morgan said he wouldn’t mind continuing to return kickoffs.

“I’m definitely not gonna hurt us being back there,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Both coordinators speak to reporters.

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