Redskins' Pierre Garcon looks more explosive

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Ailing receiver putting up some big numbers

ASHBURN -- Receiver Pierre Garcon said he still feels a lot of pain in his foot/toe. He's resigned to not being fully healed for the rest of the season. And he's still not as explosive as he wants to be.

But the coaches are pleased with what he's showing. In the past two games Garcon has caught a combined 12 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that during pregame warmups before Monday's 17-16 win over New York they saw Garcon running differently. And they have continued to see more explosion.

"Just coming off the ball, being able to push off," Shanahan said. "He really hasn't been able to push off since the first quarter of the first game. When he's more confident, he comes off the ball, he uses his speed. He's more confident to break down at full speed. All year he hasn't really been able to come off the ball. He's had to tempo himself to break down. When you're a receiver and you can't make every route look like a go-route, it's tough. It's tough to separate like he's used to."

Now he just needs to continue coping with the pain from the plantar plate.

"It'll be going on for a while," he said. "Just dealing with it and keep playing and keep pushing."

Note ยป Left tackle Trent Williams (thigh) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ankle) were limited in practice. Linebacker London Fletcher (ankle) did not practice.

Shanahan said there are plays he won't run when Williams is limited, as he was Monday. Williams estimated he was around 70 percent healthy because of the deep thigh bruise.

"There are some plays we only do with him running because of how talented he is," Shanahan said. "When he's not like that, it takes a couple plays out of the game plan. [But] it doesn't change me much. If he's playing, we'll assume he's 100 percent."

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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