Once again, it is unlikely that Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon will play Week Seven against the New York Giants. Garcon is still trying to recover from the sore foot injury he sustained Week One against the New Orleans Saints. Garcon has started only two of the Redskins’ six games thus far, and has recorded only one touchdown reception during that span.
This isn’t the kind of production Washington expected when the team signed Garcon to a five year, $42.5 million contract before the start of the 2012 NFL season. He was supposed to be Washington’s number one receiver. Garcon was signed to be the field stretching deep threat necessary for Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III to succeed. Unfortunately for Washington, that part of the passing game has been eschewed in favor of an intermediate passing game, as well as play action passes.
It’s unfortunate that Garcon cannot get on the field. Now that other teams have more film on the Redskins’ offense, those opposing defenses could stack the line of scrimmage with eight defenders. If opposing defenses have superior cornerback play on both sides, they could even bring both safeties closer to the line. That would put more pressure on two of Washington’s most consistent offensive players, Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris.
If Garcon cannot stay healthy enough to play on a consistent basis, he may not have a spot on the Redskins’ roster next season. It would be a drastic decision to release him after one year. Plus, at 26 years old, he is in the prime of his career. However, the NFL is a league of instantaneous results. Considering the success of 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton last season, NFL teams and fans expect all highly drafted rookies to come into the league, step in, and play well.
That standard is even higher for NFL free agents. It is especially high for the Redskins, a team infamously known for signing underperforming players to free agent contracts. It is doubtful that Washington will give up on Garcon so soon. But it is growing increasingly difficult to justify paying so much money to Garcon when he cannot fulfill the main purpose he was brought to Washington for; the deep passing game.
Be patient, Redskins’ fans. Garcon isn’t going anywhere. Your team has a chance to become better in a year filled with team parity because of Griffin III. Of course, it would help immensely if Garcon can get back on the field and give Griffin III another target to throw to. If that happens, the Redskins’ offense would become that more dangerous.