Garcon feeling good after injury filled year
Pierre Garçon insists that he doesn’t have a specific target for the number of yards and touchdowns he’d like to accumulate in 2013.
In fact, the Redskins’ wide receiver says that he’d be okay if his biggest contribution is attracting double teams and opening up opportunities for his fellow wide receivers.
So long as the Redskins win, that is.
“You can’t set expectations number-wise because one week they can double-team you, or all year they can double-team you,” Garçon said. “They’ll say you had a bad year, but you’re getting double-teamed or triple-teamed or defenses are keying on you. It’s just about winning. If I can get other guys open and we win championships, then everybody is happy.”
But before the Redskins’ No. 1 wide receiver can worry about getting double teamed, first he’s got to get back onto the field.
Garçon is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and continues to rehab the lingering foot injury that cost him six regular season games in 2012.
During OTAs, he’s been limited to working off to the side with the Redskins’ other injured players. It also does not appear likely that he’ll participate in minicamp June 11-13, either.
Asked which injury is keeping him on the sideline, Garçon was a bit elusive.
“I can’t say; it’s probably both,” he said, smiling. “I’ll be out there when September starts.”
Garçon suffered a “small” labrum tear during the playoff loss to the Seahawks. After that game, Garçon told reporters that his shoulder “popped out and popped back in again” in the third quarter. He finished with 50 yards on four receptions but had only 11 yards in the second half.
When asked about the shoulder’s status post-surgery, Garçon said he does not expect to be hampered at all this season. He also declined to specify which shoulder was hurt, looking at both and cracking, “I can’t tell you, really.”
“The shoulder is good,” he continued. “I don’t know when they’ll clear me, but it’s good to go. There’s nothing really holding me back. It’s all up to our trainers and coaches.”
The 26-year-old said doctors recommended the surgery because it would speed the healing process.
“They told me I should do the surgery because – it was nothing major – but it would help the recovery process,” Garçon said. “And it’s the offseason, so we've got a lot of time.”
Asked about his right foot, Garçon said it’s better but he stopped short of indicating that it’s no longer a concern.
“It’s good,” he said. “I’ll be out there whenever the coaches clear me.”
Until then, it’s expected that Garçon will continue to run routes and catch passes from Robert Griffin III, who is working his way back from major knee surgery. Garçon, Griffin, Fred Davis, Chris Thompson and Jordan Reed have spent the majority of the OTA program working together, away from the rest of their teammates.
“It’s helpful that we’re talking and communicating,” Garçon said of practicing with Griffin. “It’s a good thing that we’re in contact and talking about plays and running routes and continuing to get a feel for each other. It’s a good process.”