In a disappointing development, there is still no timetable for Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon to return to action. He suffered what is now diagnosed as a tear in the second toe of his right foot, which he suffered Week One against the New Orleans Saints.
Garcon was supposed to be Washington’s biggest deep threat for quarterback Robert Griffin III, but he has only appeared in two games this season. Garcon’s absence has limited the Redskins’ deep passing attack. The other wide receivers on the roster have not shown a consistent aptitude to be effective in the deep passing game. Aging Santana Moss’ game focuses on intermediate passes, as does the other wide receivers, Joshua Morgan and Leonard Hankerson.
Second year wide receiver Aldrick Robinson has the speed to go deep, but he has dropped a few deep passes thrown his way this season. Last on the depth chart is receiver Dezmon Briscoe. To put it nicely, Briscoe’s numerous dropped passes are probably the main reason he’s last on the wide receivers’ depth chart.
When and if Garcon is able to return, it would be a great benefit for the Redskins. The team is currently on a three game losing streak, with the offense becoming surprisingly inefficient. Assuming Garcon returns soon, don’t expect him to go on too many deep routes. He will need time to get reacquainted with Griffin III and the team’s offensive scheme.
Garcon doesn’t have to become the team’s savior at wide receiver, considering his injury. But if he can at least provide some clarity at the wide receiver position, Washington’s offense will have become that much better. For a team stuck in a three game losing streak, facing the toughest part of their schedule, clarity at wide receiver would be the best case scenario.