While the regular season is still four months away, Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon knows positive work put in now will pay off when the games start counting.
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Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garçon knows this, and while this time of year can sometimes become repetitive, he understands the importance of the work being put in now.
"It definitely helps us a lot, cause you've got to keep going over the basics," he told reporters Tuesday at the team's first day of OTAs. "You can keep getting more in depth into stuff that we didn't think about last year. We're going to learn from last year and learn from footages and we can definitely keep growing instead of starting back at step one."
Garçon has certainly lived up the hype placed on him here in Washington when he signed as a free agent before the 2012 season.
In his first season, the Redskins were 9-1 in regular season games in which the Mount Union product appeared.
During the 2013 season, Garçon recorded a single-season franchise record 113 receptions while also tallying his first career 1,000-yard season.
Last year, even with three different quarterbacks throwing him the ball, Garçon still managed to record 68 receptions for 752 yards and three touchdowns.
While his individual performances have been among the best in the league during that timeframe, the Redskins, as a team, have battled inconsistent play the past two seasons.
But with Robert Griffin III locked into the starting quarterback spot and new assets on both sides of the ball heading into 2015, Garçon foresees the Redskins getting back to their winning ways -- and soon.
"We're going to actually compete, try to win some games, and make some things happen," he said. "We're just going to go hard every day, stick together and keep battling."
Furthermore, another year under head coach Jay Gruden should be valuable, especially for the offense.
"We definitely could build on it because now we know each other with one year under our belt and we're familiar with each other," he said. "More camaraderie, hanging around the guys and seeing them. It's definitely beneficial for us."
Garçon added that he believes the Redskins are "further ahead than we were last year, as a team, as a playbook, as an offense and as communication."
While the Redskins' OTA sessions – there are three total with nine total practices – have just gotten underway, Garçon said he'll be enjoying the next few weeks as they continue to progress towards the regular season.
"Just hanging around doing nothing, you kind of get fat and you're lazy. You look forward to football," he said. "This is very necessary for us, especially with what we've got to do this year."