The Washington Redskins gave Pierre Garcon a sizable free agent contract to bolster a group of wideouts that lacked a 1,000-yard receiver last season.
But Garcon sidestepped the issue this week when he was asked whether he feels pressure to produce like a No. 1 receiver.
“I’m just a person that’s trying to make plays for the team, trying to get on the field and just do my best every play, every time,” Garcon said following Monday’s organized team activities at Redskins Park. “Just help the team get the ball down the field and hopefully get some touchdowns and some wins on the way.”
Garcon called holdover veteran Santana Moss “the leader” of the Redskins’ wide receivers. “He’s been here for the longest…. He’s been communicating and he’s been helping me out a lot,” Garcon said.
The Redskins signed Garcon to a five-year, $42.5 million deal on the opening day of free agency. He never was the featured wide receiver in the Indianapolis offense during his four seasons with the Colts, playing alongside Reggie Wayne. He didn’t have a 1,000-yard season in Indianapolis.
But he has the speed to be a game-breaking player, and the Redskins can only hope that he builds on his career-best performance last season—70 catches for 947 yards and six touchdowns—which came even with quarterback Peyton Manning out of the Colts’ lineup.
Garcon said he is adjusting well to the Redskins’offensive system and learning to play with prized rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“The play is always on, no matter what happens,” Garcon said. “If he’s rolling out or if he’s in the pocket, he can make plays with his feet and then [complete] passes…. You just have to be ready for whenever the ball comes out and wherever it comes from. You just have to be ready for it.”