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Here are the five best catches from Pierre Garcon's time with the Redskins

Here are the five best catches from Pierre Garcon's time with the Redskins

Come Sunday, Redskins fans will be rooting against Pierre Garçon instead of for him. 

After five years in D.C. — five years in which Garçon 376 passes from Washington quarterbacks, and followed many of those by trampling very unfortunate defensive backs — the receiver will return to FedEx Field in Week 6 as a 49er.

But before he officially suits up as the opponent, let's celebrate his underappreciated career with the 'Skins one last time. Here are the five best grabs from Garçon's stint with the Burgundy and Gold.

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5) His 70-yard score vs. the Packers

Some wideouts view the label of "possession receiver" as a compliment. Don't call Garçon one, though.

The 31-year-old has rejected that phrase his whole life, which is probably why he started high-stepping on about the 10-yard line during this touchdown against the Packers in 2016 and then tried to spike the ball deep into the Earth's core. It was his way of reminding people that he isn't just a dude who snags balls on 15-yard post routes:

4) His one-handed snare in Denver

Will Ferrell's been in a ton of terrific comedies. Movies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, Old School, Zoolander and Talladega Nights are some of the funnier flicks you can find.

But because of how long Ferrell's filmography is, other strong comedies, such as The Other Guys, are unfairly forgotten. Similarly, because of how many catches Garçon had with the Redskins, it's hard to remember them all.

This highlight (found here) is The Other Guys of Garçon's Redskins career. Look at this screengrab. Look at it. The man in the No. 88 jersey hauled in the football that's floating far above him with one hand.

3) His Thanksgiving TD in Dallas

Redskins fans everywhere were served an extra dish on Thanksgiving in 2012.

In addition to their turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, those watching the Washington-Dallas holiday showdown enjoyed a heaping helping of yards after the catch, courtesy of Garçon.

If you want to have another taste, watch it here. 

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2) His first trip to the end zone with his new team

When Garçon first signed with the Redskins, he was a different kind of free agent than the franchise usually lands.

He was just entering his prime, not well past it. And he was a player hungry for more chances, not one who would've been fine doing less.

Let's just say he made an OK first impression.

1) His game-winner vs. the Eagles

If you were to ask Siri, "Hey Siri, what catch best sums up who Pierre Garçon is as a receiver?" this would be the video she'd pull up (that is, if she didn't misunderstand you and instead end up calling someone in your contacts named Peter Johnson):

Thanks for all the memories, Pierre. Enjoy your trip back to FedEx Field, buddy, and hopefully you leave the stadium on the wrong end of a 35-7 score.

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

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Redskins activate K Dustin Hopkins, waive K Nick Rose

After missing the last eight games, the Redskins brought back place-kicker Dustin Hopkins from the injured reserve and waived Nick Rose.

Hopkins became eligible to return from the IR this week and took part in practice all week. Jay Gruden wouldn't commit to one kicker or the other when he spoke earlier in the week, but the decision came down on Saturday.

Rose played well in Hopkins' absence, making 10 of 11 field goals including a 55-yarder. The rookie Rose had some struggles with extra points, missing two of his 20 attempts, though neither snap/hold combination was totally clean either. 

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Hopkins has the stronger leg and is capable of booting the ball out of the end zone on seemingly every kickoff. With Rose as kicker, at times the Redskins deployed a different strategy where kicks were aimed for the goal line, forcing a return. 

Washington's kicker for parts of the last three seasons, Hopkins has a career 84 percent field goal conversion rate and 94.6 percent conversion rate on extra points in 36 games. 

The Redskins sent Hopkins to the IR after a Week 6 win over the 49ers with a right hip rotator muscle injury. 

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

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Week 15 Redskins vs Cardinals Preview: Show up, or get blown up

For the second consecutive game, the Redskins got blown out on the road. First in Dallas, then in Los Angeles, Jay Gruden's team is reeling with mounting questions and pressures about 2018 and beyond. 

The best way to calm down the flames? Get a win.

Washington will have that chance on Sunday at 1 p.m. (full coverage on NBC Sports Washington at noon) when they host the Arizona Cardinals. Getting the victory won't be easy, however, no matter how bad the Redskins need it. 

  1. Turn the page - The Redskins have lost their last two games by a combined score of 68-27. The results have been terrible, and the outcome in Los Angeles could have been much uglier had the Chargers not pulled starting QB Philip Rivers. Still, those games are over, and Washington needs to focus on the Cardinals. Gruden spoke this week that his team cannot "wallow" in the past two losses. If the Redskins are looking back at their lost season, instead of looking squarely at Arizona, another blowout loss is likely to come. 
  2. Get it going - Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense had by far their worst statistical output last week in LA. The offense must get back on track, and that means a better performance from Cousins and the 'Skins run game. Against the Chargers, Washington generated only 201 total yards and just nine first downs. Nine, their second worst total since having only 15 first downs against the Cowboys the week before. At this stage of the season, the Redskins defense will not win this team any games. The offense must do it, and that means improved play from the line, the quarterback and the skill positions. 
  3. Make a play - Turnovers can win or lose games, and in their last two blowout losses, it's no surprise the Redskins have been on the wrong end of the ledger. Washington has five turnovers in their last two games, and has generated only one takeaway in that span. (It can be argued that shouldn't even count, as it came on an interception from Chargers backup Kellen Clemens in the final minutes of a blowout.) Washington ranks dead last in the NFL in points per game allowed, and that won't improve with linebacker Zach Brown out this weekend. Generating turnovers, particularly against Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert, should be the defensive focus. 

Quote of the Week: Jay Gruden, asked about preparation before the Chargers game-

We didn't spend last week playing checkers.

News & Notes:

  • Gabbert has been sacked 15 times in the Cardinals last two games. Washington comes into Week 15 with the 13th most sacks in the league.
  • The Cardinals defense ranks in the Top 10 in yards per play, yards per game, and rush yards per game. Despite that, Arizona's defense ranks 25th in points allowed. 
  • D.J. Swearinger, who played for Arizona last season before signing in Washington as a free agent, is tied for fourth in the NFC in interceptions.
  • Jordan Reed won't be playing this week, or the remainder of the season. Washington moved Reed to the injured reserve this week. 
  • Arizona coach Bruce Arians was a college quarterback at Virginia Tech from 1972 to 1974.

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