‘Big-time’ production so far for Pierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon, shown here in training camp, has been highly productive in the Redskins' first three games (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Pierre Garcon, shown here in training camp, has been highly productive in the Redskins’ first three games (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has drawn more attention lately for his public comments about his Washington Redskins quarterback, Robert Griffin III, than for his play on the field. But even with Griffin struggling to meet the standard he set for himself last season as a rookie, Garcon is putting up some eye-catching numbers.

Through three games, Garcon has 23 catches for 280 yards and a touchdown. That puts him on pace for a 123-catch, 1,493-yard season.

The Redskins envisioned Garcon being their No. 1 receiver when they signed him as a free agent prior to last season. But he’d never had marquee-receiver production in four seasons in Indianapolis, and he didn’t have it last year in an injury-plagued first season with the Redskins. He’s yet to have a 1,000-yard receiving season in the NFL.

“I just think it’s a function of being healthy and on the field,” Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday. “Pierre is as tough of a receiver as I’ve been around. He gets better understanding what we’re asking him to do. I think last year he played a lot of games where he wasn’t 100 percent. I think you guys could all see the games that he was 100 percent, the plays that he’d make with the ball in his hands and the explosiveness he has when he gets the ball. He almost turns into a running back with how angry he runs, and he is powerful and can get out of his stance.

“But Pierre is a big-time receiver and I believe he would have been exactly the same last year if he would have stayed healthy. And when he did come back, he was one of the main reasons that we took off that second half of the year when we went on a seven-game winning streak.”

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What’s ahead:

● Mark Maske on Washington’s travel plans to Oakland.

● Mike Jones’s five Redskins vs. Raiders story lines

● The Redskins practice Friday at 11:50 a.m.; Sunday’s game kicks off at 4:25 p.m.

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