WR Pierre Garcon - San Francisco 49ers
|5-11, 210||Born: 8-8-1986||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 6|
Week 15: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jimmy Garoppolo proved again last week why he is a huge upgrade for this 49ers passing offense as he surpassed 300 passing yards for the first time in his career while leading the 49ers to their second straight victory. He wasn't as accurate as he was in his first start, but he still played well both under pressure and with a clean pocket by making some impressive throws downfield. Marquise Goodwin was again his favorite target with a season-high 12 targets last week, hauling in six of them for 106 yards. Goodwin now has over 75 receiving yards in four straight games and is showing excellent chemistry with his new quarterback. While Carlos Hyde continues to be involved in the passing game, the rest of the weapon for Garoppolo remain suspect compared to Goodwin and Hyde. The Titans defense played very well last week despite the losing effort caused mainly by their offense's ineptitude. They did not allow a single touchdown by Arizona and sacked Blaine Gabbert eight times with seven different players chipping in on that effort. This was the second time in the past three weeks that the Titans have racked up eight sacks in a game. They have at least three sacks in each of the last four games, tallying a league-leading 23 sacks over that span when the next closest team has only 14. They have faced three very bad offensive lines in their last three games though, so the 49ers should be able to withstand this pass rush a bit better than those offensive lines of the Colts or Cardinals did. From a coverage perspective, the Titans have been up and down this season. Overall, they are allowing opposing wide receivers to score the 11th most fantasy points per game. Logan Ryan is their best cornerback in coverage, but he plays most snaps from the slot. Marquise Goodwin's matchup will be the one to watch here. He moves around the field, but plays around half the snaps from the left side, meaning he should line up against Adoree Jackson. Jackson has played well as a rookie but has definitely been susceptible to big plays when heavily targeted.
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 8 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Either for injury precaution or blowout-related reasons, Garcon didn't see a target in the final 25 minutes of game time. Consecutive plays at the end of the second quarter correspond to both of these possibilities. The first play saw Garcon have separation on an out route against cornerback Jalen Mills, only to have C.J. Beathard's pass arrive late and inside, resulting in a soul-crushing pick-six that turned a manageable 10-0 halftime deficit into the demoralizing makings of another blowout. Then, on the first play of San Francisco's ensuing drive, Garcon was able to elude tacklers for 13 yards after hauling in a bubble screen, only to get hurt when he smashed into someone on the Eagles' sideline. Garcon's final target was on another bubble screen early in the third quarter, but Beathard threw the ball at his feet and behind him.
2017 Week 7 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Four of Garcon's five receptions were against zone defense, with his only catch against man-to-man coming on a broken coverage by rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Otherwise, he was neutralized by Lewis and his fellow Cowboys cornerbacks. And at the end of the third quarter, like that, he was gone. (The score was 33-3, so Aldrick Robinson replaced him.)
2017 Week 6 vs WAS (12 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Given such high volume along with the absence of Josh Norman, Garcon had relatively little impact on the game, mostly due to inaccurate passes from both quarterbacks. His three receptions of consequence all came in the fourth quarter. The first was an 11-yard recption on 2nd-and-11 early in the fourth: Against the zone coverage of cornerback Fabian Moreau, Garcon got open on a slant and reached back to catch a pass that C.J. Beathard threw behind him. The second was a 22-yard reception on the first play of San Francisco's final drive. He got open down the sideline between the cornerback and safety in Washington's Cover-2 and held onto the ball despite an immediate hit from said safety. His third and final consequential catch came on 3rd-and-4 at midfield with 36 seconds left in the game and was so spectacular that it was ruled incomplete on the field. Lined up wide left against the man-to-man coverage of Quinton Dunbar, Garcon won the matchup on his out route, but Beathard was (once again) late on his throw, allowing Dunbar to undercut the route. Instead of intercepting the pass for a likely pick-six, Dunbar merely deflected it into the air towards the sideline, where Garcon snatched it out of the air while both lunging out of bounds and keeping his toes inbounds at the same time.
2017 Week 5 vs IND (11 / 8 / 94 / 0 rec)
Garcon was targeted early and often: 7 of his 11 targets and 7 of his 8 receptions came in the first half. It had already reached the point of absurdity midway through San Francisco's first drive, when Brian Hoyer connected with Garcon for 40 yards on three consecutive plays, which were basically the same play: A play action backside slant against the coverage of cornerback Rashaan Melvin. Two of Garcon's other receptions didn't require much skill, as one went for 25 yards against prevent defense at the end of the first half and another went for 13 yards on 3rd-and-10 due to a miraculous deflection that fell into his hands rather than those of the multiple defenders around him.
2017 Week 4 vs ARI (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Patrick Peterson shadowed Garcon, especially with respect to presnap alignment and especially after Marquise Goodwin left the game near the end of the first quarter. On 5 targets in the shadow, Garcon had 2 receptions for 19 yards. On 3 targets in the daylight, he had 2 receptions for 17 yards. Garcon almost made a diving catch against Peterson's coverage. He also nearly made a diving catch on 1 non-Peterson target.
2017 Week 3 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 142 / 0 rec)
As his stat line suggests, Garcon was targeted early and often. The first worth noting was his second target, which resulted in a 30-yard completion. On the play, he was lined up on the right side in a balanced, offset-I formation. The Rams put eight men in the box and played Cover-1 behind it. The combination of a play-action fake and Garcon's deep crossing route left him wide open against the off-man coverage of cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Garcon beat Johnson deep once again early in the second quarter, although this time the target fell incomplete due to an off-target throw. Garcon's next target of consequence, once again against Johnson's coverage, saw him display a great individual effort to gain a first down on 3rd-and-17 (i.e., fighting for the catch and fighting for extra yardage after the catch). Fireworks continued into the second half, where Garcon made two more great individual plays. The first was a toe-tapping catch along the sideline that was initially ruled incomplete, but was overturned after replay. The second was a reaching, over-the-shoulder 59-yard grab against the off-man coverage of -- you guessed it -- Trumain Johnson, which set up San Francisco's touchdown to make it a one-score game midway through the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 2 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Despite not being shadowed by Richard Sherman, Garcon didn't see his first target until midway through the second quarter. That said, all three of Garcon's receptions did come with Sherman in primary coverage -- the problem is that, on these plays, Sherman was fulfilling his duties as a Cover-3 zone cornerback, not a man-to-man lockdown cornerback on these plays. On each, Sherman backed off into his deep-third responsibility, thereby allowing Garcon to catch the ball -- and Hoyer to deliver said ball -- in front of him.
2017 Week 1 vs CAR (10 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Garcon got open easily all day and also added value with hard-nosed running after the catch. With better pass-blocking, he could have had 8 or 9 catches and 100 yards receiving. Garcon didn't shy after from tacklers or have any problems creating separation off of the line. He broke a tackle for a long gain on a fourth down reception and is clearly the primary option in the passing game.
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