If Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon was looking for another Peyton Manning, he may have found him.
Of course you can’t count 14 snaps against a legacy, but you know what I’m saying.
When Peyton Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts this year, in their lack of faith left the careers of several superstars in football purgatory. I’m sure every Colts and Redskins receiver was thinking the same thing: How will this affect my career? I know I would be: Let’s see—rookie QB coming to a team that’s been through the gutter and back? Yeah, I’d be thinking really hard about it. But like most underdog stories, a light comes at the end of the dark tunnel of doubt and everyone is put at ease.
For Garcon, his moment came last week when the Redskins played the Buffalo Bills and won 7-6 thanks to a touchdown throw from RG3. And even though he didn’t stick the landing (Gabby just close your eyes) you could tell that Garcon was relieved.
He has a lot to worry about:
- In 2009, he was 47 for 765 yards
- In 2010, he was 67 for 784 yards
- In 2011, he was 70 for 947 yards
When you got stats like those, you don’t sign with a team because you need a job. However, Garcon understands it will take time. If there is a connection, it’s not going to happen overnight.
This isn’t South Beach. The Redskins won’t put their foot in their mouth–at least not this year.
In speaking with the media Monday, Garcon highlighted how long it took for Manning and company to find that connection he and RG3 are searching for now. “That’s what we’re working on now,” Garcon said.
But to his disadvantage, the Redskins will need instant results this year. If the Redskins want to show positive results, they’ve got to get to the playoffs, something that hasn’t been done in a long time.
Garcon knows this, and being the more experienced of the two, he’s passing along his knowledge to RG3.
“We’re still in training camp so we still have a lot of learning to do. We still have a lot of football left to go. The more you keep learning the better you will be,” he said.
That training continues against the Chicago Bears this Friday. Even though Garcon’s three catches for 58 yards plus a touchdown wasn’t planned according to RG3, the two showed that if the hot hand’s there, it’s going to be exciting to watch.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin.