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Pierre Garçon Came To Redskins 'With A Mission'

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While Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon has experienced great individual success over the last two seasons, his primary concentration is helping the team gather victories.

Over the last two years, the Redskins have managed just seven victories -- a number Garçon is certainly unsatisfied with, but also understands that he can help improve upon moving forward.

"If you don't win it's frustrating," Garçon said. "Season didn't go how we wanted. You learn a lot from going through things. See what we did well, see what we did bad, learn from it and move forward."

The Mount Union product signed with the Redskins on March 13, 2012, after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the team the selected him with the 205th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

And while he experienced relative success while in Indianapolis -- including a 70-reception, 947-yard campaign in 2011 -- his performance on the field skyrocketed when he came to Washington.

That can be credited to a continued motivation to be a better player each and every day.

"I came here with a mission; I played with a mission," he said. "I played with a chip on my shoulder. I love D.C. I love playing here. They gave me an opportunity when I needed it. I put it out there every Sunday when I get the opportunity."

In three seasons with the Redskins, Garçon has recorded 225 receptions for 2,731 yards and 12 touchdowns.

During the 2013 season, his best as a professional, Garçon broke the franchise's single-season receptions record, hauling in 113 balls for 1,346 yards.

But in 2014, whether it came down to less targets or defenses simply zoning in on him, Garçon's numbers dipped, as he had 68 receptions 752 yards and three touchdowns.

In three games he had nine receptions or more, but he also endured 11 games in which he had four receptions or less.

As he closes the door on an inconsistent 2014 season, Garçon said he's encouraged by the pieces the Redskins already have in place, starting with the quarterbacks.

"It's a very, very good competition there" he said. "We have a lot of players that can throw the ball, that can run, and make plays, but we just have to make the tough plays for them. We have to help the quarterback out. The quarterback has to help us out. …It's team. We have to feed off each other and make plays for each other."

And with a full offseason to work with head coach Jay Gruden and his staff, and time to restudy the offense, Garçon envisions a more productive 2015 season for all involved.

"He's a great guy, great coach," Garçon said of Gruden. "This is his first head coaching job. It's never going to be easy. They're not going to put you in a head coaching job to be easy, but it's going to be tough and he's done a great job.  …He's doing everything he can and it'll definitely get easier his second go around."




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