When Jay Gruden came to the Bengals in 2011 he already had a solid tight end in Jermaine Gresham, who made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. But Gruden didn't mind it a year ago when the Bengals drafted tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round. Eifert and Gresham combined to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in 2013.
Entering the 2013 season, it was unclear whether Pierre Garçon could produce like a No. 1 wide receiver. Over the next four months, however, Garçon squashed any doubt as he reeled in a single-season franchise record 113 passes (first in the NFL) for a career-best 1,346 yards and five touchdowns. At 27, Garçon's in his prime years. And he's playing for a strong-armed quarterback determined to have a bounce back season. There's just one problem: will there be enough footballs to go around?
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Apparently, not everyone thinks adding more pass-rushers is a good idea. So it says in one of the questions -- I have my own thoughts on the matter in Part 1 of the mailbag. And why do the Redskins stink in prime-time games? Could it be something other than, well, they've been bad most of the past decade? More draft questions, too. Enjoy
It'll be fun to watch the Redskins' receivers this season, at least in terms of how they are used. Which, of course, leads us into the first question in the Saturday mailbag. Naturally, more talk about the draft in terms of potential trades and whether or not they should take a tight end. Also, what does Brian Orakpo have to do to earn a new deal? That's here as well. Enjoy.
"That building a trust, building a bond, those memories you create help you on game day," he said. "People underestimate that bond. I didn't have as much bonding time last year. I didn't have the offseason I had to do all the things I'm going to be doing this year. But that's not an excuse for what happened last year. I'm grateful I got the chance to go through the offseason this year. Building those bonds and trust with teammates, that matters on game day."