The skill set suggested great potential despite his limited résumé. The payday reflected his new team’s great expectations. And following a promising debut, an injury left lingering questions after his first season with his new team.

But now fully healed, Pierre Garcon has demonstrated in his second season with the Washington Redskins why he is worth the five-year, $42 million contract they gave him.

One of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing season for Washington, Garcon has shown he can be That Guy for Robert Griffin III. Despite Griffin’s uneven play, Garcon has put up career numbers through 12 games with 84 catches for 980 yards and three touchdowns. He is third in the league in receptions. His 133 targets are second in the NFL. And he ranks fourth with 491 yards after the catch.

Garcon is on pace to break Art Monk’s 29-year-old franchise season record of 106 catches, and his projected total of 1,307 receiving yards would rank seventh in team history.

After being nagged by a toe injury most of last season, the 6-foot, 212-pound Garcon has delivered with his versatility, unique physicality and strong competitive fire.

“I’m not surprised that he would develop into the go-to guy in Washington,” said Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who has worked with Garcon in past offseasons. “When they signed him there, that’s what they wanted, and that’s what they’re getting.”

Garcon’s career has evolved from special teams contributor in Indianapolis as a sixth-round pick out of Division III’s Mount Union College in 2008 to Peyton Manning’s No. 2 receiver behind Reggie Wayne.