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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 07/27/2012

Pierre Garcon, Tim Hightower aim to spark team offensively


Pierre Garcon at mini-camp June 12. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Pierre Garcon is opening training camp with a new team, but his expectations, he said, remain the same: make a positive impact.

The five-year-veteran said he isn’t feeling any pressure after signing a lucrative five-year contract during the offseason after spending four years in Indianapolis.

“I always expect a lot from myself,” Garcon said after the first day of training camp at Redskins Park Thursday. “It’s just playing football. Once you’re out there on the field; you try to make the best plays every time, no matter.”

Garcon’s five-year, $42-million contract makes him the Redskins’ highest-paid wideout. He caught 70 passes last season for the Colts and hauled in six touchdowns, averaging 13.5 yards per catch.


Tim Hightower breaks up field during running drills on the first day of training camp Thursday (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Running back Tim Hightower, in contrast, is with the same team as last year, when his season was cut short by a knee injury. He called that stint an “appetizer.”

He was limited in practice Thursday but said he felt good. He said his main goal in training camp is building confidence both physically and mentally.

“Building confidence in everything,” said Hightower. “Get back to playing football, making reads, the knee, all that stuff.”

Hightower tore his ACL in October and missed the remainder of the season. In five games, he rushed for 321 yards and one touchdown. He said his play needs to be more consistent this season.

“I think I came in last year and gave a spark, but I didn’t do enough,” said Hightower. “…I have to give them something to be excited about, give these fans, this team something to really be excited about.”

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By Matt Breen  |  11:38 AM ET, 07/27/2012

 
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