There was plenty of concern last year over the precipitous drop in Redskins WR Pierre Garçon’s production compared to what he did in 2013, when he caught a team record 113 passes. Last year his catch total fell to 68. Although he still led the team in that category, he was often nearly invisible. In 2013 Garçon had at least five catches in every game. Last year there were eight games where he caught three passes or fewer.
But it wasn’t like he fell off the face of the earth for no reason. He was targeted 105 times, one of 49 receivers with over 100 targets. During the course of the season Garçon had to deal with inconsistent play from three different quarterbacks. There also was the addition of DeSean Jackson to the team. He provided another dangerous target for the quarterbacks.
Jay Gruden would like to get Garçon some more opportunities and they have some plans to get the ball into his hands.
“All of our plays, Pierre is a viable option, some of them more so then others,” said Gruden. “It’s just a matter of what the coverage dictates. We’ll try to move him around and get him the ball a little bit more because he’s very good after the catch.”
The addition of Jackson may take away targets, but in reality should have opened things up more for Garcon because Jackson is a home run threat. You only need to look back on his last year with the Eagles when Riley Cooper thrived with Jackson on the other side. The team needs some QB stability this year and the hope is Robert Griffin III provides that. That should help Garcon's production, especially if the team tries to move him around the field as the story said. Garcon has done it before and could be a potential buy-low, late-round option if you like to take a chance on these type of players.