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Week 1 vs. HOU
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 0 on 10 targets
Garcon started the game as the Colts third receiver, primarily lining up outside of Dallas Clark on the right side of the field. Garcon had the fewest catches of any Colts receiver against Houston. However, Garcon did make a sensational one handed grab down the right sideline to set up the Colts field goal shortly before the half (he also dropped a ball in the endzone on the same drive). Garcon looked quick off the line of scrimmage but seemed to be bumped off his route easily, particularly in the first half.
Week 2 vs. NYG
Receiving: 1 / 11 / 0 on 2 targets
Garcon had such a quiet day, you often forgot he was on the field. Manning did not have any trouble going any direction he wanted and Garcon probably just got lost in this offense on Sunday. He got very few looks, including a fade route in the end zone but was unable to make the catch, being blanketed by a Giants CB.
Week 5 vs. KC
Receiving: 6 / 57 / 0 on 13 targets
Garcon looked sharp upon his return to the lineup, displaying good hands on quick strikes from Manning. He made a nice over the shoulder catch to start his day and also snagged a ball that was thrown behind him on the run. He almost made a very tough catch to set up first and goal in the fourth quarter, but the ball was low and behind him. Garcon also had a deep target in triple coverage that he couldn't convert. With the Chiefs smothering the Colts slot receivers, Garcon led the team in the targets, and he should obviously not be on any waiver wires come this Sunday.
Week 6 vs. WAS
Receiving: 4 / 103 / 1 on 7 targets
Garcon has now worked his way back to the #2 WR spot in the Indy offense and for the 2nd straight week he was targeted for big receptions by Peyton Manning. He did the vast majority of his damage in the 1st half reeling in a 57 yd bomb from Manning and grabbing a few other mid-range targets. Later in the night Garcon made a ridiculous one handed leaping catch with his off-hand along the sideline. Even though he is prone to making the occasional sensational play, he also continues to have lapses in his game as he dropped a wide open target as well. The bottom line is that Garcon is back to being an integral part of the Colts passing attack.
Week 8 vs. HOU
Receiving: 7 / 78 / 0 on 11 targets
Garcon had a solid day, as Manning relied on him heavily at the WR position. Garcon just oozes athletic ability, and really seems like he's ready to step into a primary role for Peyton. On one play, Garcon seemed trapped on the right side of the field, but fought his way around defenders, turned it back up the left sideline and got the first down. In Collie's absence, Garcon is a top target for fantasy owners.
Week 9 vs. PHI
Receiving: 2 / 15 / 0 on 7 targets
Pierre Garcon drew the start against the Eagles in Week 9 but could only pull down two short catches despite seven targets in Philadelphia. CB Asante Samuel blanketed Garcon all day, limiting his production and forcing Peyton Manning to look elsewhere. Garcon remains one of the few healthy wide receivers for Indianapolis so he will continue to get plenty of work.
Week 10 vs. CIN
Receiving: 5 / 37 / 0 on 9 targets
Although he managed to pull in five balls for 37 yards, Garcon straight-up dropped an easy touchdown pass that could have bolstered both he and his quarterbacks paltry statistics. Even so, Garcon isn't going anywhere and it's not like Manning is going to punish him for dropping a touchdown pass -- although it does appear that Jacob Tamme is the new, de-facto #1 receiver (despite being a TE). As with the rest of the team, Tamme's injury is of the utmost importance to Garcon's week-to-week value and projections.
Week 11 vs. NE
Receiving: 5 / 62 / 0 on 9 targets
Pierre Garcon was the deep threat for the Colts, but the Patriots wisely took away any opening deep and hence Garcon had to settle for the shorter catches to help out his quarterback. Garcon and Manning were not on the same page on Manning's second interception when Garcon correctly read the coverage and came back to the ball, but Manning expected him to go deep. Garcon still show flashes of inconsistency in his routes at times, but played pretty well against New England.
Week 12 vs. SD
Receiving: 5 / 72 / 0 on 7 targets
Garcon ran good routes for the most part, and was probably one of the more consistent Indianapolis receivers in the game. It didn't result in a ton of productivity, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunities. He was Manning's go-to guy for much of the game, with Reggie Wayne and Manning unable to get on the same page. Garcon's final stat line could have looked a lot better, as he had beaten his man downfield for a deep ball. The pass from Manning was overthrown, but upon a second look it appeared that Garcon simply hesitated during the route and threw off the timing. Owners should probably consider themselves lucky that they got what they did from Garcon, considering the sorry state of the Colts offense in general.
Week 13 vs. DAL
Rushing: 1 / 11 / 0
Receiving: 8 / 56 / 1 on 8 targets
Austin Collie's late scratch from the lineup kept open the door for Garcon to sea a lot of reps as the Colts second receiver against the Cowboys. Constant double-coverage on Wayne left Garcon in man-to-man coverage for much of the game. As a result, he caught eight balls including a nice pass over the middle that put the Colts on the board right before halftime. Garcon seems most comfortable on short crossing routes or on hitch patterns and curls to the outside. Manning also calls his number often on receiver screens but those are not nearly as effective. Regardless, Garcon appears to be at his best when he can use his size and route running to beat his receiver on shorter routes as opposed to trying to speed down the sideline in a foot race.
Week 14 vs. TEN
Receiving: 6 / 93 / 2 on 7 targets
Garcon had a very impressive day not only catching the ball, but also being very physical with his running style after the catch. Early on, he caught cleanly a dig route for a big gain and later drew a pass interference penalty that set up an easy Colt touchdown. Later in the game, he was able to get free thanks to blown coverage by the Titans for the easy score on the corner route. Garcon looked very impressive on the short routes however, easily beating his man inside for the touchdown on a slant pattern. Garcon also caught a short pass and turned it upfield, out muscling any Titan defender for the first down that would prove to ice the game and seal it for the Colts.
His size and height advantage is hard for a lot of CB's to handle at the line of scrimmage but he also has the speed to go downfield to match his yard after catch ability.
Week 15 vs. JAX
Receiving: 5 / 44 / 0 on 6 targets
Garcon has been good over the last few weeks, but he was virtually non-existent in the first half. In the 2nd, he was able to make a few plays, but he did lose out on one battle for a long jump ball, and wasn't able to make much of an impact on the box score.
Week 16 vs. OAK
Rushing: 1 / -5 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 35 / 1 on 8 targets
Manning tried to get Garcon involved, throwing it to him 8 times. But Garcon and Manning just couldn't get it together. One pass actually was tipped by Garcon and intercepted. On another play, Manning threw a deep ball that should have been intercepted if not for a good play by Garcon to knock the ball away. But they did finally connect on a nice back shoulder throw in the endzone, that was practically impossible to defend. Garcon spiked the ball in what looked to be a spike of frustration, as it was that kind of day for the most part. If these two can ever consistently get on the same page, Garcon could be elite, but for now, there's just no consistency in this combination.
Week 17 vs. TEN
Receiving: 7 / 78 / 1 on 13 targets
Garcon blew right past McCourty for a huge 30 yard touchdown in the third quarter, and hooked up with Manning on a number of big 1st down receptions. But it's the two dropped passes, both in huge moments that continue to plague Garcon and keep him from becoming an elite WR. Those lapses in concentration have got to improve in the playoffs, if the Colts have any chance of getting back to the Super Bowl.
Week 18 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 5 / 112 / 1 on 7 targets
Garcon was almost the only consistent weapon for Peyton Manning as the Jets were often able to smother the Colts offense for huge chunks of the game. His biggest play was vintage Colts though, as he blew by and got behind Jets CB Antonio Cromartie and caught a perfectly thrown Manning pass. Jets DB Brodney Pool took a horrific angle on the play and neither player could catch garcon as he ran in for the touchdown.
Garcon was able to convert a few more targets into catches but never found that seam again.