Before free agency in the NFL even opened up, the Redskins showed that they were planning on being aggressive this offseason. Washington sent shockwaves through the league when they traded a huge haul of draft picks to the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick and the right to draft Robert Griffin III. Once the ‘Skins knew they had solidified their QB of the future, they turned their attention to finding RG3 some weapons to bolster the Redskins passing attack that was led by Jabar Gaffney a season ago.
The first signing Washington made in free agency was former Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon. The 25-year-old receiver is coming off his best season in the NFL. Yes, you read that correctly. Despite having a combination of Kerry Collins, Dan Orlovsky, and Curtis Painter throwing him the football, Garcon had his best individual season in the league. Even though Garcon comes with some risk and the ‘Skins paid a hefty price to bring him to the nation’s capitol, Washington needed to give RG3 a go-to target and now he has one to grow with.
Pierre Garcon joined ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. on the Sports Fix to talk about what he thinks about playing with Griffin, what he knows about RG3, what he thought about the Redskins when he playing with the Colts, if he had any inkling on what Peyton Manning was thinking this offseason, if drops are a concern of his.
What he thinks about playing with Griffin:
“Being in the NFL is exciting. Playing with anybody in the NFL is exciting but playing with whoever the new quarterback is is going to be good, we’re going to play hard, try to make plays, and try to get more than two receiving touchdowns this whole season.”
What he knows about RG3:
“As you see on film or at the combine, he’s a pure athlete, he runs fast, he throws the ball well, he wins games, he’s doing a lot of good things for his team and putting his team in the best position to win.”
What he thought about the Redskins when he was playing with the Colts:
“The Redskins were a very good team, they had a great history, they had great and a lot of support in the community, and they play well. They had a great defense led by London Fletcher and a lot of guys in that secondary, DeAngelo Hall, then a lot of great playmakers with Brian Orakpo. They were a very good defense, they had a lot of weapons, and were a very strong team in a tough division.”
If he had any inkling on what Peyton Manning was thinking this offseason:
“I had no idea. He’s been doing a lot of stuff. I didn’t know anything about it. I didn’t even know he worked out with Tennessee. I don’t know why he picked Denver. There’s some kind of reason. I’m sure he’s trying to win now and get to that Super Bowl.”
Whether drops are a concern of his:
“Nah. As a football player you are trying to make plays every time you get a chance. You try to do the most you can with the opportunity you’re given. Things happen, nobody is perfect, I’m far from perfect, I’m still working on all parts of my game, and trying to make a play any time I get a chance really.”