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How to describe Pierre Garçon: Tough, fearless, competitor

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How to describe Pierre Garçon: Tough, fearless, competitor

FEDEX FIELD - Watch any Redskins game, and it's clear Pierre Garçon approaches every snap like a fight. Talk to any coach, and it's clear Garcon brings intensity from start to finish. In Sunday's game against the Eagles, Garçon provided all of that for the Redskins, and his tough and tenacious play proved the difference in the 23-20 Washington victory. 

"He’s one of the greatest competitors on this football team. People feed off of that," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said following the win, which pulled Washington's record even at 2-2.

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Before Garçon hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch with less than a minute remaining, he exited the game with a knee sprain in the second half. At that point, few would have guessed the wideout would be back on the field to catch the game winner. But that's how Garcon is, unless he physically can't play, he wants to be on the field.

"I definitely want to go out there and give it everything I’ve got," Garçon said of his knee injury. "I’m glad it didn’t give out on me right before the end of the game.”

Redskins coach Jay Gruden must be glad Garçon was able to fight through pain and finish the game too, as he made multiple impressive grabs on the 4th quarter 90-yard TD drive.

"Those are some tough catches that he made today," Gruden said. "When the ball’s in the air, he’s going to go get it."

No play proved Gruden's words truer than the game winner, when QB Kirk Cousins found Garçon for a four-yard TD. Everyone in the stadium could see the QB focus on 88, including the defense, and two Eagles defenders collided with Garçon at the goal line.

"I looked back and I saw the ball coming, reached out for it, caught it and then, I felt hits from all over," Garçon said after the win. "I didn’t know how many hits, but I looked down and I was glad I was on the other side of the white line."

The receiver was blasted from both his right and left, helicoptered around in the air, but held on to the ball that gave Washington the victory.

"Everybody on the sideline knew who we were going to," nose tackle Terrance Knighton said. "He's a gamer. He's one of our toughest players on the team."

Cousins ran off the field screaming in victory, an exhilarating 4th quarter comeback that would not have been possible without Garçon's late-game heroics.

"He’s fearless, he makes the tough catch," Cousins said of Garçon. "He showed that today throughout the game but certainly on those catches at the end. He’s the kind of guy you want to be in the huddle and out on the field and in those moments."

While Garçon's stats don't jump off the page - 7 catches for 55 yards and 1 TD - the plays he makes in traffic, knowing he will absorb big hits, are remarkable. Garçon generally defelcts much individual praise, and did the same Sunday after the win. He wants victories to be about the team, not the player.

“Our coach called a great play," he said. "I’m glad it all came through at the end of the game when we needed it most.”

Garçon can deflect all he wants, but the praise from his teammates tells the real story.

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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.

"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview. 

No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.

"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."

In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.

Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.

Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players. 

"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.

All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.

"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.

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