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20 questions in 20 days: 17 Can Garcon become a No. 1 receiver?

20 questions in 20 days: 17 Can Garcon become a No. 1 receiver?

As we count down to the first game of the Redskins season, Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going to belooking at some of the big questions facing the team and attempting to lookinto their crystal balls and answer them. Question 20: Can Pierre Garon become a No. 1 receiver?The background: In Indianapolis, Garon was a nice complimentary receiver to Reggie Wayne who made the occasional big play and acrobatic catchsuitable for SportsCenter. But when the Redskins signed him to a five-year,42.5 million contract with 20.5 million guaranteed the expectations grew. TheRedskins want him to be the go-to guy for rookie quarterback Robert GriffinIII, to be able to deal with double coverage and help an offense that has beenstruggling for years get going. Tandler: Lets first define the loose term No. 1 receiver. Garon is not suddenly going to morph into Larry Fitzgerald or Megatron or any of the truly elite receivers. But there are 32 NFL teams and only a handful of those guys.Garon is capable of becoming the Redskins equivalent of, say, Hakeem Nicks.That would mean catching 75-80 passes for about 1,100 yards and 8-10touchdowns. Beyond the numbers, it would mean attracting more than his share of defensive attention and help fellow receivers like Josh Morgan and LeonardHankerson post some strong stats of their own. Garon has the speed, hands, and yards after catch ability to fill that role. El-Bashir: The potential is there. A ripped 6-foot, 212 pounds, hes as strong as any wide receiver in the NFL, if not as tall. He possesses deceptive speed, runs crisp routes and has a flair for the dramatic (all No. 1receivers need that last one, right?) Garcons numbers also indicate a player onthe verge of a breakout season -- 47 receptions in 09, 67 in 10 and 70 in 11. Now the 26-year-old is set to be Robert Griffin IIIs first option in thepassing game, which could be good for 80-plus receptions, around 1,200 yardsand 10 or more touchdowns. Its time for Garcon to put potential together withopportunity and see where it takes him -- and the Redskins.20 questions in 20 days20 Aug.20WillJammal Brown play this year?
19 Aug.21WillChris Cooley make the team?
18 YesterdayCanBrandon Meriweather get he job done at safety?
17 TodayIs Garon a No. 1 receiver?
16 TomorrowCan Trent Williams go from good to great?

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Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

Trent Williams was definitely not playing Sunday against Houston, but now he might

On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans. 

"That's for sure," the coach said. 

By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically. 

Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.

As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field. 

Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries. 

The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half. 

Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."

Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future. 

Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston. 

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

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With Samaje Perine ruled out for Week 11, expect Byron Marshall to be activated off IR

The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams. 

That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though. 

During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.

As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.

This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.

The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.

With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.

UPDATE: Marshall was activated off of IR Saturday afternoon. WR Brian Quick was released to make room.

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