In 2012 and 2013, Robert Griffin III seemed to be very much in sync with receiver Pierre Garçon. When Griffin was the rookie of the year, Garçon missed six games with an injury but he still caught 44 passes for 633 yards and four touchdowns. The following year Griffin didn’t live up to the standard he set in 2012 but with him behind center for 13 games Garçon caught a team-record 113 passes.
But last year, things seemed to be off between the two. One big reason was the fact that Griffin was injured early in the year and benched late. Working with a trio of quarterbacks that also included Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy, Garçon caught 68 passes for a pedestrian 11.1-yard average and three touchdowns.
Griffin has been named the starter at quarterback and it’s not a stretch to say that being able to work well with Garçon will go a long way towards the embattled fourth-year quarterback being able to hold on to the starting job.
They two were often seen after training camp practices in Richmond, staying on the field to get in some extra work. Griffin said that they are getting on the same page so he can get the ball to the receiver more often.
“He’s a strong receiver who does great after the catch,” said Griffin after practice on Tuesday. “So I just want to talk to him, see where his mind is on certain routes and certain plays so I feel more comfortable in those areas to let him go make plays for me. He’s done a great job all offseason, I’ve seen an improvement on me and him connecting on more plays and I think you’ll see that translate into games.”
For his part, Garçon is trying to get himself and Griffin to the point where a duo he worked with in Indianapolis were in their primes.
“We just have to have a lot more communication, a lot more talking,” said Garcon, who started his career with the Colts. “It takes years to get it right. Peyton [Manning] and Marvin [Harrison] did it over 10 or 12 years, we’re just trying to get things on the same page and see the same thing and react to the same thing.”
It is unlikely that the Griffin and Garçon will ever get to the level of the Manning and Harrison, both of whom are likely to be in the Hall of Fame. But perhaps they can get to the point where the communicate well enough so that Garçon can make a Pro Bowl and Griffin can hang on to his job.