In 2008, wide receiver Pierre Garcon was the youngest member of an Indianapolis Colts receiving corps that featured Pro Bowlers at every slot. And while he only hauled in only four catches that season, his understudy role with some many talented weapons to learn from led him to increased numbers year after year.
By 2013, his second with the Washington Redskins, Garcon broke the franchise’s single-season receptions record with 113 catches and recorded 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Now, as the team embarks on its newest journey under first-year head coach Jay Gruden and with several new weapons in-hand, Garcon told ESPN980 that everyone is giving “110 percent” to get the franchise back to the playoffs.
“Every time I step out of on the field, I feel confident in my teammates,” Garcon said. “Whoever is out there, I know I will give 110 percent and they will do the same thing. We will keep playing hard and giving our all.”
Garcon is one of five returning receivers on the roster (Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Aldrick Robinson, Nick Williams), and while the group has shown major ability to change games, the additions of DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Ryan Grant will only augment their playmaking abilities.
Together, they’re hoping to add enough to the offense as a whole to get the burgundy and gold back in the Super Bowl.
“We have a lot of weapons, and we are going to try to play for the Super Bowl,” Garcon said. “That’s the goal every season. Every game we play to win. We have a ton of weapons, but we’ve got to show up on Sundays and on practice weeks and make plays.”
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.