Garcon having record-setting season with Redskins
In a season where so little has gone right for the Washington
Redskins, receiver Pierre Garcon is having a record-setting
If Garcon maintains his seven catches per game pace, he’ll
finish the season with 114, a total exceeded by only 12 receivers
in NFL history.
”I’m just enjoying the moment, trying to get wins,” Garcon
said. ”No matter whether it’s preseason, regular season or
playoffs, I’m always out there trying to make a play. I’m not doing
anything different than any other year. After so much hard work,
things start to fall into place for you.”
They have this year. Garcon’s numbers are impressive.
He has been targeted a league-leading 174 times, tops the NFL
with a Redskins-record 107 catches, including a league-best 30 on
third down. He’s third in the league with 586 yards after the
catch. He’s on pace for 1,376 receiving yards, which would be fifth
in Washington history. This from a franchise that has had four Hall
of Fame receivers: Wayne Millner, Bobby Mitchell, Art Monk and
”Pierre’s been phenomenal,” said Redskins safety Reed Doughty.
”He took a lot of flak last year because of the injury, but he
played excellent when he was able to. This year, he showed
everybody who he can be and what he will be going forward. He’s
Garcon and Washington wrap up the season at the New York Giants
The 27-year-old Garcon said that he hasn’t reached top form
”I still have a chip on my shoulder every day,” said the
6-foot, 212-pound Garcon, who plays with a very physical style.
”They said I couldn’t play in the NFL. I’m here and I’m helping my
team. That gives me satisfaction every day. I can’t take away from
the year I’m having, but there’s still a lot more I can do.”
Opponents should not dismiss his resolve.
It’s already been a long journey for Garcon.
Instead of landing at Florida, Florida State or Miami when
leaving high school in South Florida, Garcon played at two Division
III schools. Indianapolis drafted him in the sixth round out of
Mount Union (Ohio) in 2008. By his second season, he was a starter
for the AFC champions.
In March 2012, Washington signed Garcon to a five-year, $42.5
million contract, $20.5 million of which was guaranteed. He debuted
with an 88-yard touchdown catch in the opening upset of New Orleans
but injured a toe on his right foot. Garcon hobbled through three
games and was sidelined for six others, but still led the NFC East
champion Redskins with 633 receiving yards.
Garcon opted against surgery on toe, but he missed the offseason
following a shoulder operation. He caught seven balls in the
regular-season opener, had 143 yards the next week and has never
He and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown are the only receivers with at
least five catches in every game this season. Garcon is catching
passing in every way possible. Last Sunday against Dallas, he
slipped but still caught a pass while sitting down.
”He’s in a zone,” said Washington’s Santana Moss, whom Garcon
replaced as the Redskins’ No. 1 receiver.
Notes: The Redskins promoted linebacker Will Compton to the
active roster from their practice squad. … Washington also signed
free agent linebacker Adrian Robinson to its active roster and
signed free agent tight end Gabe Miller to the practice squad. …
Linebacker Nick Barnett was placed on injured reserve after
spraining his left knee in last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to Dallas.
Rookie free agent Will Compton was promoted from the practice squad
to replace him. . Linebacker Brian Orakpo was limited during
Wednesday’s practice because of the right groin he strained against
the Cowboys. Free safety Brandon Meriweather was absent for
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