Pierre Garcon Fantasy News

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:14am

Redskins.com - [Full Article]

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he continues to be impressed by rookie WR Ryan Grant, who also drew praise throughout training camp for playing "like a 10-year veteran," and caught another TD pass on Monday night.

Ryan Grant continues to make plays like he’s been doing all camp,” Gruden said. “It’s good to see the consistency.”

Fantasy Impact:

There isn't a lot of room for Grant with Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts already etched in stone as the top-three. He likely won't have a lot of fantasy value this season if things remain the same.

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Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:44am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Redskins have small receivers. Of their top six receivers, none is taller than 6 feet (Pierre Garcon). He’s the only real physical player of the bunch, too.

It’s why tight end Jordan Reed will be a pivotal player on third downs and in the red zone. His size and quickness enable him to win quickly.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:37pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

This weekend, well outside the spotlight’s glare and with nothing at stake, the Washington QB Robert Griffin III and WR Pierre Garcon resumed their collaboration at the Redskins’ training camp in Richmond, where Garcon rejoined practice after sitting out nearly two weeks with a strained hamstring.

They started by casually tossing a football back and forth before practice began in earnest, while their teammates stretched. And their rapport was soon evident, with Griffin and Garcon connecting on a touchdown throw during 11-on-11 drills.

“P’s a weapon,” Griffin said of Garcon afterward. “He’s a physical receiver. It’s good to have him out there. He brings a different mindset to the game and to the practice field, and we need him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Garcon is a welcome addition back to camp after leading the league in targets last year. He's one of a big-three with WR DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed who should see a ton of work this year for the Redskins. Garcon is a very solid WR2 candidate this season.

Saturday, August 9, 2014, 6:24pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington Redskins receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon returned to practice, though neither participated in the full session after missing the preseason opener with various injuries.

Jackson participated in individual drills after missing the New England game on Thursday with a mild ankle sprain. Garcon took part in some seven-on-seven work as well as some full-team sessions, but did not work in all of them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon did not practice because of a sore hamstring. Garcon missed time last week because of the injury and slipped several times on the wet turf Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Garcon said that the rest was precautionary. This is probably nothing to worry about, but it would be nice to see his hammy at full strength sooner rather than later.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 2:31pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

The Patriots defense kept Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III from completing many passes. The secondary stuck on Washington’s receivers, including Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. When there wasn’t a receiver open, Griffin held the ball until the pocket collapsed around him.

A coach would blow the whistle, indicating the play was over and that Griffin had been sacked — defensive players never tackle the quarterback in practice.

“We came out here and competed,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “I thought we challenged them on everything and made it tough. I think we did some things well, definitely.”

DeSean Jackson 'probably won't' match 2013 production

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 1:14pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Whether it’s by getting open deep or by snagging a pass in stride on a crossing pattern, the Redskins want WR DeSean Jackson to eat up big chunks of yards on a regular basis. So while he has the ability to catch 80+ passes for 1,300 yards, he probably won’t. With Garçon on the other side and Jordan Reed roaming in the middle, he won’t need to. The goal will be to make his touches count in a big way.

Fantasy Impact:

He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:12pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Mark Bullock of The Washington Post believes Redskins WR DeSean Jackson will play the "Z" position in Jay Gruden's offense, which was A.J. Green's spot under Gruden in Cincinnati. Pierre Garcon will play the "X" receiver (Marvin Jones's position), while Andre Roberts will play "Zebra" (Mohamed Sanu's position in the slot).

Fantasy Impact:

The article does a nice job of using snapshots to illustrate how each receiver might be used.

D-Jax looking forward to forming 'one-two punch' with Pierre Garcon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:24pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he thinks his addition to the Washington Redskins this offseason will prove to be beneficial to both him and Pierre Garcon, the team’s top holdover wideout.

“I respect Garcon,” Jackson said after Tuesday’s opening practice of this week’s minicamp at Redskins Park. “He’s a good player in this league, a great receiver. This is my first year really getting to know him and having that relationship with him. I think me and him will be able to be like that one-two punch in the NFL and have a great year. So whatever it is I can help him with, vice versa, whatever he can help me with, I look forward to that.”

Fantasy Impact:

DeSean Jackson is changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season. For more on D-Jax's potential workload, click here.

Beat: D-Jax could be third on team in catches

Monday, June 9, 2014, 1:33pm

John Keim, ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins WR Pierre Garcon, not DeSean Jackson, will be the primary receiving target this season. No one has said that to me because until we get closer to the season – and probably into the season – no one really knows how things will unfold. But Garcon is a sturdier player, capable of running a greater variety of routes. Jackson caught 82 passes last season, but his previous high was 62. He can be dangerous to defend even when grabbing around 60 passes. In fact, it wouldn't stun me at all to see Jackson as the third leading receiver in terms of total catches behind Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed. Durability plays into this as well (though Jackson has missed fewer games than Garcon in his career; both have played six seasons).

Fantasy Impact:

He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers, though Reed demands more targets than Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham/Tyler Eifert combo last season. For more on his potential production, click here.

Gruden: Jordan Reed is 'obviously a force in the passing game'

Friday, May 30, 2014, 6:39pm

Washington Times - [Full Article]

“He’s obviously a force in the passing game,” said first-year Redskins coach Jay Gruden of Jordan Reed. “We’ve got to work with him to be a little more stout in the running game because it’s important for a guy like that, but overall, I think he’s had no dropbacks from those concussions, knock on wood, and we have, obviously, one of the more talented young tight ends in the NFL, I believe.

“He’s going to be a great guy to help in the middle of the field. If people want to cloud [DeSean Jackson] and cloud [Pierre Garcon], he’s going to be a guy that’s very much needed in the passing game, so we’ve got to get him healthy and keep him going.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.

DeSean Jackson pulls his hamstring

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 3:52pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

On the third day of OTAs in Washington, newly-arrived receiver DeSean Jackson injured his leg.

Via CSNWashington.com, Jackson says he’s fine.

“It’s just a little tight,” Jackson said regarding a hamstring he appeared to tweak while running a deep route. “It’s not no big issue.”

Fantasy Impact:

We're not too worried about a hamstring tweak at this point in the offseason. He's changing teams, which is rarely a good thing for a wideout unless he's moving into a larger role. In this case, he's joining a team with a proven target-hog (Pierre Garcon) and an up-and-coming tight end (Jordan Reed). New HC Jay Gruden does have a reputation for being pass-happy, but the Redskins actually attempted more passes (611) than the Bengals did (587) last season, so the pie may not grow as expected. In Cincinnati, Marvin Jones was the WR2 and saw 80 targets while playing just 48% of the snaps. If Jackson plays 80% of the snaps and sees the ball at the same rate, he would be targeted roughly 133 times. That’s plenty of work for D-Jax to post top 20 numbers. For more on his potential production, click here.

Monday, May 26, 2014, 12:34pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writer Mike Jones on the team's receiving corps:

There’s no question the starters are Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, with slot man Andre Roberts joining them in frequently-used three-receiver sets. But the spots behind them remain up for grabs. Santana Moss had been the slot guy, but now returns on a non-guaranteed deal and will work to compete at whatever spot he can. Aldrick Robinson had served as the deep threat and backup to Garcon, but hasn’t been the most consistent or versatile guy in the past. Leonard Hankerson has seen some time in the slot, but might not fully recover from anterior cruciate ligament surgery until late July/early August. Fifth-round pick Ryan Grant and undrafted free agent Cody Hoffman will push veteran teammates who are on the bubble. Grant doesn’t have the speed that Robinson has, but he’s bigger, and he’s more versatile with the ability to play on special teams, which Robinson does not. Last weekend, Grant lined up both on the outside, and in the slot. He also served as a jammer and gunner on special teams. Gruden praised Grant, saying he played like a 10-year veteran at the minicamp. Meanwhile, Hoffman is the biggest receiver on the roster at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, and he too plays special teams, having stood out in college as a return man. He also is a precise route runner with good hands, according to Gruden. The veterans could have to work extremely hard to fend off these two rookies.

Fantasy Impact:

The top three spots seem settled with Garcon, Jackson and Roberts. From a redraft fantasy standpoint, that's all that really matters.

RG3 starting to look like his old self

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:53am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

A couple days back, Santana Moss appeared on a podcast with ESPN’s John Clayton, and the topic of Robert Griffin III’s health came up. Clayton asked for a status report.

“He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.”

Which reminded me that Chris Cooley recently hit a local field with Griffin, and had a similarly rave review. This was before Griffin was permitted to work out with his teammates at Redskins Park; Cooley instead took the QB to his own gym, Lifetime Fitness near Ashburn. The men took turns running routes and throwing passes to each other.

“It’s unbelievable,” Cooley reported. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch….When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak.’ ”

Fantasy Impact:

Griffin is a bounce back candidate now that he's another year removed from his ACL surgery and is able to discard the knee brace which obviously limited his mobility in 2013. Jay Gruden coaxed top 5 fantasy numbers out of Andy Dalton, so it's not inconceivable that he could do the same with RG3. It doesn't hurt that the Redskins have plenty of weapons in the passing game (e.g. Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and Jordan Reed).

Andre Roberts resigned to WR3 role

Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:43am

ESPN - [Full Article]

When he signed with Washington, Andre Roberts envisioned a role in which he’d play inside and outside, being a second option after Pierre Garcon. Of course, that was before the Redskins signed receiver DeSean Jackson.

“Well, I envisioned one thing and then we signed DeSean Jackson,” Roberts said on ESPN 980's "Inside the Locker Room" Thursday. “So I haven’t really thought too much.”

“That’s how the league is, that’s how the league works,” Roberts said. “Going into my situation, I wanted to be the No. 2 receiver. But I still don’t how it’s going to work out. Obviously, when you look at how much money is being made each guy, you’d think that’s going to be [the] No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.”

Fantasy Impact:

Before the Jackson signing, Roberts was looking like a nice sleeper candidate as the Redskins' WR2, but now he'll be relegated to WR3 snaps and targets. He's basically in the same situation as Arizona, though at least he's getting paid.