After spending much of the 2012 NFL season on the injured list, Washington Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon appears set to return against the Philadelphia Eagles for Week Eleven. A torn ligament in the second toe of his right foot limited Garcon to only three games thus far in 2012.
Garcon’s return is wonderful news for the Redskins, who are stuck in a three game losing streak. Garcon was signed before the season to be quarterback Robert Griffin III’s main target and biggest deep threat. Since suffering his injury Week One against the New Orleans Saints, Garcon has not had the same impact on the offense as he did against the Saints. Against New Orleans, Garcon recorded 109 receiving yards, as well as an 88 yard touchdown reception.
Garcon will not be expected to be the focal point of the offense for Washington. He has to acclimate himself to the current schemes run by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Garcon cannot be expected to be the deep threat he once was. He should be used in the intermediate passing game in an effort to make first down receptions.
The deep threat role should be reserved for wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson. While both have great speed, neither has shown any consistency regarding the deep passing game. Both have been prone to drops as well. Considering that Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan said he would continue to evaluate players for next year’s roster, consistently dropping passes could earn you a one way ticket off the Washington roster.
But Garcon doesn’t need to worry about that. He is an established receiver who signed a multimillion dollar contract with Washington before the 2012 season. He will get every opportunity to provide clarity to the wide receiver position. If he can, the Redskins will become that much better.