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Saints receiver Joe Morgan works through slow rehab

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

It is part of the NFL roster cycle, older players parting ways, while younger up-and-comers fill their departed roles. After nine seasons in New Orleans, veteran wide receiver Lance Moore is now a Pittsburgh Steeler, and the likes of Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks and Joe Morgan are ready for their chance.

"Just the nature of the beast, you go out there, it's a business," Morgan said. "And things happen, guys would love to play forever. You body doesn't allow you, certain people don't allow you, you just get what you can out of it, keep competing and try to get better."

However, the 26-year old Morgan (10 catches, 379 yards, 3 TD's in 2012) hasn't played in the regular season since December of 2012, after tearing his ACL during training camp last summer.

"I guess the most frustrating thing about it, is that it happened in a pre-season game, it happened at practice essentially," Morgan said. "That was the frustrating part, just taken away before the season even began. I just need to focus on getting back healthy and trying to come back this year and carry things over."

Despite sitting out all of OTA's so far, Morgan says his rehab is on schedule, and he plans to be full go by training camp next month. But he'll have to make up some ground to earn a spot on the Saints' 53-man roster, competing with Nick Toon, Robert Meachem and Andy Tanner for the fourth wide receiver spot behind first-teamers Marques Colston and Kenny Stills and first-round draft pick Cooks.

"I guess I have the same goals as going into last year," Morgan said. "I've been working on becoming a more complete receiver, but the best skill set that I have is going to be my speed. That's one thing I have to make sure that I have coming back, and also show that I can carry over the things that I was working on last year."

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