Pierre Garçon: 'Last year is last year'
At 1-3, a quarter of the Redskins’ season is already in the books. It’s not the start the reigning NFC East champions had envisioned, but given the sorry state of their division, all hope is not lost, either. As the team enters its Week 5 bye, the players are on hiatus but Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are grading the team position-by-position. Join the conversation in the comments below.
Pierre Garçon could shatter the Redskins’ receptions record for a season but is that a good thing? How much are the pass catchers really helping out Robert Griffin III? Grading the group will involve averaging out some widely disparate performances.
Tandler: Garçon is on pace to catch 126 passes, a total that would easily beat Art Monk’s team record of 106. But the hope is that the Redskins don’t have to throw enough for him to get that record. Along with Leonard Hankerson (15 catches) and rookie tight end Jordan Reed (13), Garçon has been one of the bright spots in the pass-catching corps. There have been plenty of disappointments including Josh Morgan (9), who was supposed to be in top form after offseason surgery, Fred Davis (3), who can’t seem to earn any snaps, and speedster Aldrick Robinson (1) who is on the team to make plays like catching the pass he couldn’t handle in the end zone against the Lions. If you average them out, they’re a slightly below average group.
El-Bashir: Garçon and his fellow receivers don’t draw up the game plan; they simply follow it. And right now, Garçon is developing into exactly what the Skins hoped he’d become: A 1,000-plus yard receiver. What’s most impressive about his second season in D.C., though, has been his yards after the catch. He’s got 187, according to ProFootballFocus.com, which puts him third behind Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones. Hankerson’s emergence as the Redskins’ No. 2 wide out has also been a pleasant surprise. Meantime, Reed’s development is ahead of schedule for a rookie, according to tight end coach Sean McVay, who added, “I though his best game was in Detroit before he got hurt. He’s gotten better and better each week.” Santana Moss has been steady, as always. I do, however, want to see more from Morgan, Robinson and Davis, who, quite surprisingly, has struggled to get on the field lately with Reed and Logan Paulsen playing well.