Pierre Garcon seemed ready for a breakout season with Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins when he caught an 88-yard touchdown in Week 1. Months later, it seemed like Garcon would be placed on injured reserve with a torn ligament in his toe. He returned last week but was a non-factor with three catches for 5 yards.
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"I have no doubt. He can definitely contribute more," Shanahan told The Washington Post on Wednesday. "But that's not really up to him. That's more up to the coverages that he gets and the looks that happen, and Robert going through the progressions.
"We called a few plays for him that didn't go for him, but it depends on how they play it, but that's really like that for any guy on our team."
Garcon didn't seem to be moving at full speed last week, but there were no next-day setbacks.
"At times, he had a chance and we went the other way with the ball. But when we looked at him hard after the game, he's still not 100 percent, but he was definitely running better than when he came back in those two games."
Not sure if that made any fantasy owners who held onto Garcon all this time feel any better. At least Shanahan confirmed the Redskins are not running him out there as a decoy.
But Garcon's game is built on his speed. Who knows if he'll ever be able to hit that final gear with that foot in 2012?