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WR Pierre Garcon - San Francisco 49ers

5-11, 210Born: 8-8-1986College: Mount UnionDrafted: Round 6

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News you need to know

General News (Fri Oct 20): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 19): practiced fully on Thursday.

Week 7: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The 49ers made a change to C.J. Beathard in the last game and it appears that he will continue to get the starting opportunity as the team has benched Brian Hoyer just one week after throwing for 353 yards and two touchdowns. Beathard had mixed results last week against the Redskins as while he threw for 252 yards he only completed 52.8% of his passes and threw for one touchdown and one interception. His favorite target in this offense appears to be his college teammate George Kittle who is emerging as a legitimate receiving threat at the tight end position. It remains to be seen how Beathard will continue to perform or who will benefit the most as Beathard did not start so it is easy to see why he went with what was comfortable with Kittle, but it will remain to be seen if he incorporates the rest of the passing game with a full week preparing to be the starter. The Cowboys pass defense has been in the middle of the road so far this season after a hot start in week one shutting down the New York Giants. They have allowed 221.8 yards per game and while on paper being 16th in the NFL does not appear to be a great unit, they are also not a bad unit as they have only allowed one quarterback to throw for over 255 yards which was Carson Palmer who threw for 321 after trailing for most of the game. Jourdan Lewis leads the way as the top cornerback on this team, but Anthony Brown has also played well and the team does not have any weak spots that can be exploited easily.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs LAR 69 0 0 0 10 7 142 0 0 14.2
4 at ARI 74 0 0 0 8 4 36 0 0 3.6
5 at IND 63 0 0 0 11 8 94 0 0 9.4
6 at WAS 60 0 0 0 12 5 55 0 0 5.5
7 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

49ers | Pierre Garcon ready for Week 7 (Fri Oct 20, 06:39 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (non-injury related) practice in full Friday, Oct. 20, and is no longer on the injury report heading into Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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49ers | San Fran injury report for Friday (Fri Oct 20, 06:36 PM) - San Francisco 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk (back) and DL Aaron Lynch (calf) did not practice Friday, Oct. 20, and they have both been ruled out for Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), LB Brock Coyle (shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (ankle) and LB Dekoda Watson (groin) were each limited and are considered questionable. LB Elvis Dumervil (non-injury related), WR Pierre Garcon (non-injury related), DL D.J. Jones (quadriceps), TE George Kittle (back, elbow), NT Earl Mitchell (thumb), S Eric Reid (knee), OT Joe Staley (non-injury related) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (chest) practiced in full and were removed from the injury report.

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49ers | Pierre Garcon back at practice (Thu Oct 19, 07:18 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 19.

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49ers | Pierre Garcon doesn't practice (Wed Oct 18, 07:25 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon (non-injury related) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Our View: Just a veteran day of rest here for big deal.
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49ers | Modest line for Pierre Garcon (Sun Oct 15, 09:33 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Pierre Garcon caught five of his 12 targets for 55 yards in a 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 6.

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