Morgan recorded 10 receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown across 15 games in 2017.
As the third-string tight end, Morgan played a mix of offense and special teams, never exceeding three targets in a contest. Kyle Rudolph will continue to handle the bulk of the load at tight end for the foreseeable future, which leaves Morgan as a distant afterthought in most fantasy circles for the time being.
Morgan had two receptions for 26 yards on two targets in Saturday's win at Green Bay.
Morgan played 42 snaps on offense as he's had a large role with Blake Bell on injured reserve. Morgan took over long-snapper duties when Kevin McDermott suffered a dislocated shoulder and could serve as the long snapper for the rest of the season.
Updating a previous report, Morgan won't start at tight end in Sunday's game against the Bengals with Kyle Rudolph (ankle) active for the contest.
Rudolph was listed as doubtful for the Week 15 contest after failing to practice Friday, fueling the notion that Morgan would handle an expanded role come Sunday. However, Rudolph progressed quicker from his injury than anticipated over the last two days and was able to gain clearance to suit up, meaning that Morgan will remain in his usual backup role. Morgan, who sat out last week's loss to the Panthers with a concussion, should still see the field frequently in two-tight end sets in his return to action, but he'll mainly be deployed as a blocker rather than as a pass catcher.
Morgan will start at tight end Sunday against the Bengals, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
With No. 1 tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle) doubtful for Sunday and fellow backup Blake Bell (shoulder) landing on injured reserve this week, Morgan was the only healthy tight end on the roster until the club promoted Kyle Carter from the practice squad Friday. Carter's presence shouldn't prevent Morgan from logging an overwhelming share of the reps at the position in Week 15, but outside of two-tight end fantasy formats, it's difficult to count on Morgan making much of a splash. With only five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in 12 games this season, Morgan provides most of his impact as a run blocker and in pass protection.
Morgan (concussion) put in a full practice Thursday.
After kicking off Week 15 preparations with a limited practice Wednesday, Morgan's full participation Thursday suggests he's continued to progress through the NFL's concussion protocol. He'll still need to receive clearance from an independent neurologist to suit up Sunday against the Bengals, but if that happens, Morgan could be in store for his highest snap total of the season. The only other tight ends on the roster, Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and Blake Bell (shoulder), were both absent from practice Thursday for the second straight day, leaving the availability of both players for the weekend on shaky ground.
|4||9/27/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ PHI||4:25 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|14||12/10/18||@ SEA||8:15 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
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