One byproduct of a Redskins’ offense that’s passing more this season has been the increased production of wide receiver Pierre Garçon.

Garçon has 280 yards on 23 receptions through three games putting him on pace for 1493 yards and 123 catches—both of which would signify career highs. By a lot.

In his five previous seasons the closest Garçon has come to a 1000 yard campaign was with the Colts in 2011 when he hauled in 70 passes for 947 yards. That breakout season earned him a five-year $42.5 million deal with the Redskins.

And now that he’s healthy the 27-year-old is getting a chance to prove himself.

“You never know for sure but that’s what I was hoping for” Coach Mike Shanahan told Brian Mitchell on Friday when asked if Garçon’s 2013 production is what had envisioned. “It didn’t take me long after the first quarter when he had over 100 yards against New Orleans [in 2012] to know that you got yourself a special player.”

Garçon currently is eighth in receiving yards fifth in first downs gained and according to ProFootballFocus.com fourth in yards after the catch with 143. That ranks behind some pretty impressive names: Julio Jones Demaryius Thomas and DeSean Jackson.

“You can see that in practice” Shanahan said of Garçon’s skill and determination. “Pierre is a competitor. He’s going to block and he’s going to catch. He’s into the game. He wants to win on every play. When he does catch the ball he expects to go the distance. You can’t find many players like that. Knock on wood we can him healthy.”

That’s been one key for Garçon who missed six games last season with a foot injury and played in several others at less than 100-percent because of it. Since having surgery on his shoulder in the offseason Garçon has been as healthy as he’s been since Week 1 last season.