Pierre Garcon: Fred Davis and Santana Moss Must Step Up in Star's Absence

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IOctober 20, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins celebrates his first quarter touchdown with Fred Davis #83 against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Pierre Garcon has battled health issues all season long, and as a result the Washington Redskins need Fred Davis and Santana Moss to step up in a big way to continue to help fill the void.

Per ESPN.com, Garcon is listed as doubtful for Sunday's showdown with the New York Giants, but even when he's been on the field, the Redskins receiver hasn't produced much. Garcon has played in just three games this season.

After a stellar Week 1 performance with four catches for 109 yards and a score, Garcon has either been off the field or non-existent when he's on it. Clearly this is a nagging injury that isn't going away anytime soon and is affecting his performance on the field.

It's no coincidence that two of Robert Griffin III's best games passing this season have come when Garcon took the field. Not only does Garcon afford Griffin III the ability to make big plays, but the star receiver also draws extra attention from defenses, which helps give extra space to RG3's other targets.

Davis is the team's leading receiver at this point in the season, totaling 23 catches for 312 yards without a single touchdown. Those are solid numbers for the Redskins tight end, but he must find the end zone to help his team further.

It was a slow start to the season for Davis, who was mostly non-productive the first two weeks. Since then, Davis has been utilized a bit more by Washington's offense, but even more targets are necessary to make him a true factor.

Griffin III and Davis appear to be developing a better chemistry as the season goes on, so look for Davis to continue to get more passes thrown his way with Garcon on the bench. If given the opportunity, Davis could become a star in Garcon's absence.

Moss will be another target Griffin III will look to this week in the hopes of returning the 33-year-old to his once-dominant form. 

The former stud receiver of the Redskins' offense hasn't been productive this season by any stretch, making himself a non-factor in 2012. Moss' best game of the year came against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 5, when he caught two passes for 80 yards.

Other than that, Moss hasn't caught more than four passes or gained more than 50 yards in any other game.

It likely won't get easier for Moss and Davis as both will be the focus of the Giants' secondary with Garcon on the bench. But if one can get going earlier, it's quite possible the other could flourish as a result of the extra attention.

No matter what, RG3 needs some major help with his best receiver in the trainer's room once again. That means Davis and Moss must get open to help their rookie quarterback out for this Sunday and as long as Garcon is on the shelf.