Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Thursday, June 06, 2013 5:01 PM
METAIRIE (AP) — Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan said Thursday that he understands he made a mistake when he was arrested for drunk driving, adding he's thankful that no one was hurt and that the Saints gave him a chance to prove he can learn from the experience.
"One thing it does show is I am human," Morgan said after minicamp practice, the first time he has met with reporters since his May 26 arrest. "I'm not just strictly a football player. We do make mistakes. It's something I can man up to, own up to."
Morgan declined to discuss details of his meeting with coach Sean Payton after the arrest, but described it generally as being "chewed out."
He said he appreciates that teammates treated it like a family situation, inquiring to make sure he was fine personally.
"One of the good things about this team is it's not just like guys don't care about you at all," Morgan said. "They were absolutely concerned. When they found out what the situation was, everybody was coming up to me like, 'Joe are you OK? Is everything all right?' They were making sure my well-being was taken care of first besides the football aspect of it.
"Being in a family atmosphere, it wasn't just all hugs and kisses," he added. "There was some lashings, too."
Following the Saints' decision not to pursue a new contract with veteran Devery Henderson, Morgan entered minicamp as the team's No. 3 receiver behind Marques Colston and Lance Moore.
Morgan emerged as a legitimate deep threat last season, his first on the field after being injured as a rookie. He caught 10 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns, with seven of his receptions gaining 30 or more yards.
Now Morgan is hoping to develop into a more dynamic receiver who can go over the middle and make key, intermediate drive-extending grabs as well.
"I'm fast, I'm a deep threat, yeah, but I'm learning to control that speed," Morgan said. "I want to be an all-around receiver. I don't want to be just a deep threat."
Morgan was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011 out of Walsh University, an NAIA school in Canton, Ohio, but he landed on injured reserve during the preseason after an MRI revealed a torn meniscus that required surgery.