ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Pierre Garçon’s Week One performance was largely overshadowed by Robert Griffin III and Nick Sundberg’s broken arm heroics.
The Washington Redskins wide receiver caught four passes for 109 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown that sparked a new trend known as “Griffining.”
He eclipsed the century-mark in yardage despite having a day cut short by a foot injury. So, to make sure he received recognition for his Redskins debut, defensive end Adam Carriker and I named Garçon the 4th And Pain Championship Player of the Week.
He was presented with an authentic WWE Championship belt outside the Redskins locker room to commemorate the occasion.
“It started off great,” Garçon said of the game. “I couldn’t have asked for more. Wish I would have kept playing . . . I’ll take it right now and try to build off of where we’ve started.”
He and Griffin have clearly established a solid rapport since their arrivals in nation’s capital. The former Indianapolis Colt hauled in eight passes for 100 yards and a score during limited action in the preseason.
“We’ve been continuously putting in steady, hard work and continue to talk and communicate and just get a feel for each other,” he said. “[We want to know] how we want each other to be on the field and the position we want each other at on the field.”
Garçon attributes their youth and enthusiasm for the game to helping to quickly establish a solid on-field relationship.
While he’s been spending plenty of time getting acclimated to a new offense and quarterback, he’s also put in plenty of time getting to know the area he now calls home.
“There’s a lot of entertainment here,” Garçon said. “There’s a lot of energy and excitement here. It’s a great city and it’s making the move a lot easier for me. Everybody is welcoming me with open arms.”
But like many newcomers to the Washington area, Garçon is experiencing a certain degree of sticker shock and traffic headaches.
“The real estate and the traffic have been a bit of a surprise,” he said. “There’s a lot of people here and a lot of people enjoy this area. So, I’m glad to be here where everybody wants to be.”
Garçon reminded Carriker of the similar experience he was traded to the Redskins three seasons ago.
“When I first got here my d-line coach, [Jacob] Burney, the first thing he says to me… ‘real estate prices and traffic — good luck!’”
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