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Josh Morgan believes Redskins offense is ready to break out

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJLA) - Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan may be soft spoken, but his words pack quite a punch, especially when it comes to what he thinks his team can do this season.

Morgan led the Redskins with 48 catches last season. Photo: Associated Press

"The sky's the limit for this offense," Morgan said. "If we stay healthy, (there's) no telling how far we can go or what numbers we can put up."

Morgan led Washington last year with 48 receptions, four shy of his career high. But it was a lot more difficult than it looked, especially while suffering from torn ligaments in both hands.

"I started taping my hand up like a boxer last year," Morgan said. "My number one goal is to double all my numbers from last year."

Despite his success, Morgan had a few bumps along the Redskins' road to the NFC East championship. In a now-infamous game in St. Louis, Morgan let his emotions get the best of him.

In that 31-28 loss to the Rams, Morgan made a catch, then threw the ball at St. Louis defensive back Cortland Finnegan. The resulting unsportsmanlike conduct penalty cost the Redskins 15 yards and, ultimately, the game.

In hindsight, Morgan said it serves as a lesson

"Never put the game int he referee's hands. Never," he said. Always keep your composure."

Through Morgan's struggles and triumphs, the Washington native and Virginia Tech alum is motivated by one special thing when he wears that burgundy and gold jersey.

"A lot of athletes aren't able to play for the hometown they grew up in; I think that's why it's so special to me," Morgan said. "That's why I try to do so much because there are so many people that watched me grow up."

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