Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon: Next Great QB-WR Tandem?
Not too long ago, Pierre Garcon was the most heavily criticized non-defensive back on the Washington Redskins. The blue-chip free-agent signing that was supposed to immediately make life easier for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was injured after taking only eight snaps in Week 1 and wasn't a factor for the remainder of the first half of the season.
Some asked whether Garcon was willing to push through pain and take the field despite his injured toe, and many worried the fifth-year receiver was never going to have a chance to live up to the five-year, $42.5 million contract he signed in the spring of 2012.
He's now led the team in receiving in each of the last five weeks. During that span, he ranks sixth in the NFL with 429 yards, seventh with 30 receptions and seventh with three touchdowns. Prorate that stretch over 16 games, and he'd be a 1,300-yard receiver while flirting with 100 catches and 10 touchdowns.
He dropped 11 percent of the passes thrown his way that season, according to PFF, but that percent sunk to just four last season and is holding steady at five percent during these last five games.
These were the kinds of passes Garcon was known to drop in the past. But against Philadelphia in the first quarter Sunday, he secured this in traffic to get Washington into Philly territory down 7-0.
Which NFC East QB-WR duo will be most effective in 2013?
And he's only 26. Griffin already loves looking his way and trusts him deep. Can you imagine what these two might be able to do with a full, healthy season together in 2013?
I'm seeing what's happening with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, and I'm beginning to believe Griffin and Garcon can become just as scary, if not scarier. Before long, there might not be a better quarterback-receiver battery in the NFL than this one.
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