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Garçon: ‘It's Never Easy In The NFL’

Posted Sep 22, 2013

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garçon is in midseason form with 15 receptions for 207 yards through two games. Now he's ready to key the rest of the team to victory.

The truest test of a team’s character is how it responds to adversity. After winning seven regular season games to close out the 2012 season, the Redskins rightfully became accustomed to success.

But after a slow start, the team finds itself in must-win territory with a great opportunity this afternoon against the Lions at FedExField.

After not living up to individual or collective goals so far, Redskins’ wide receiver Pierre Garcon spoke about getting a hot start out of the gate.

“It’s not going to be easy, it’s never easy in the NFL,” he said. “This is a job, every day you have to fight for your job and when the team is not doing well you don’t want the reason to be you.”

A lot of talk this week surrounds the play of quarterback Robert Griffin III, and for good reason. In two games he has thrown three interceptions, after throwing five in all of 2012.

One of Griffin III’s most consistent targets has been Garçon, who has 15 receptions for 207 yards in the first two games.

Despite the scores and early deficits, Griffin III has had a better statistical start, with more yards passing (649) and more passing touchdowns(5) than a year ago. Even with these improvements, there is always room to get better.

“It’s everything; we have to build more momentum in the first half of games. We have to make some plays as receivers, running backs and offensive linemen,” Garçon said. “As an offense we have to make plays. We have to make tough plays not the easy plays that you are supposed to make.

“We can’t put it on one person it has to be on the whole offense.”

Obviously, the 0-2 start is not what this team envisioned coming into Week 3. Yet with the way the rest of the division has performed, the Redskins could be tied for first place by the end of the weekend.

The best record in the division is 1-1, held by the Cowboys. The Giants are likewise 0-2 and the Eagles sit at 1-2 after a Thursday night loss to the Chiefs.

Garçon and the rest of the team know  that they have an opportunity to get right back into the swing of things with a win at home. The biggest key is execution.

“It’s a good challenge; it’s a challenge for yourself,” Garçon said. “It’s not going to be easy but you have to continue to show up and battle.”

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