Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon was thought of as a product of Peyton Manning before this year. Truth is, Garcon has a unique set of abilities that indeed make him stand out from the pack.
In Indianapolis Pierre was in the shadow of Reggie Wayne, a place he likely would have never left had he stayed with the Colts. This past off-season many “experts” thought Washington had lost their minds when they signed him to a five year deal worth $42.5 million with $20.5 million guaranteed, including an $11 million signing bonus for a player they viewed was not a number one receiver Those same “experts” are now praising the fact that the Redskins are in fact 6-1 when he is in the starting lineup.
Garcon had quite the impressive debut with the Redskins week one when he caught an 88-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and ended the game with four catches for 109 yards. On the 88-yard touchdown Garcon injured his toe, that injury has turned out to be problematic causing him to miss six games this season.
On the season, Pierre Garcon has been targeted 41 times for 28 catches for 437 yards (an average of 15.6 per catch) and four touchdowns in just seven games. The main thing that Garcon brings to the table is his ability to pick up yards after the catch. This season Pierre has 217 yards after the catch (or YAC), which is well over 50% of his total yards on the season. His big play ability gives the Washington Redskins a reliable target as well as a threat to score at any moment.
Garcon caught the touchdown pass Sunday that brought the Redskins within two points of the Baltimore Ravens (followed by a Kirk Cousins two point conversion to tie the score).
Who knows just how things may have worked out for the Washington Redskins if Pierre Garcon were able to play this entire year injury free. At this point, Redskins fans are just enjoying what he brings to the table…more wins and consistency during a playoff push.
Garcon was on ESPN pretty much all day on Tuesday, here are a few videos from his time in studio.