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WR Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Garcon had a long catch and run score to help get out of his slump, and Robert Griffin III should be back soon, which can only help his fantasy stock. He still doesn't have the high weekly floor and ceiling he gave us last year, but Garcon's value is on the rise.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy is likely to start this game for Washington after salvaging a 'W' vs Tennessee last weekend. McCoy connected on all but one of his passes (11/12 for 128 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) and more importantly didn't throw a pick or put the ball on the turf. He was sacked twice for -8 yards. Washington will likely go with McCoy because Robert Griffin III is still rehabbing his dislocated ankle ('He's got to be 100 percent,' head coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's press conference in reference to Griffin. Gruden went on to say that McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if Griffin can't get to 100% healthy, which means that McCoy is almost surely going to start). McCoy has done stints as the starter in Cleveland during 2010/2011, and had a one-year gig as Colin Kaepernick's backup in San Francisco last season. Now, a new NFL opportunity has come calling - we'll see what the lifetime 421/715 for 4,529 yards passing, 22 TDs and 20 interceptions-thrown quarterback (with 101/362/1 rushing) can accomplish for Washington against their traditional NFC East rivals, under the glaring Monday Night Football lights - in Dallas' house, by the way. The Cowboys rank 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 230.4 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL). They have just seven sacks this year (tied for 27th). Last week, Eli Manning threw 21/33 for 248 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas (zero sacks taken); Russell Wilson was sacked twice vs. Dallas for zero yards lost, but only managed 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. McCoy will likely face a stacked box and a strong pass rush this weekend - he'll have to prove he can thrown the football to beat Dallas. Given the up-and-down nature of the Dallas secondary of late, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit in the cheap seats.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs NYG 0 0 0 6 2 28 0 0
5 vs SEA 0 0 0 3 2 23 0 0
6 at ARI 0 0 0 6 4 31 1 0
7 vs TEN 0 0 0 6 5 87 1 0
8 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon was rendered mostly invisible by Richard Sherman. Working his usual short-to-intermediate routes, Garcon was only able to haul in two passes on three targets, his last catch a desperation dump off on the final play of the game. Garcon, like most of Washington's receiving corps, Garcon was simply overmatched by Seattle's smothering coverage.

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon had another quiet week after catching only two passes in his last game. Garcon was targeted six times in the game, catching four of them for only 31 yards. The strong receiver looked good running with ball, converting a short pass for a first down late in the second quarter by outracing a corner to the edge. Garcon's routes seldom saw him run further than 10 yards down the field, and he failed to haul in his lone deep target in the game, a lob up the right sideline that was well-covered. Garcon's day was salvaged by a five yard TD late in the fourth quarter to help pull Washington to within a FG. Garcon turned a quick slant from the right side behind the slot receivers who ran clear outs for him and galloped into the endzone untouched.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon reminded everyone that he is still a dangerous threat to run with the ball after the catch, taking newly inserted Colt McCoy's first pass of the game 70 yards to the house. The defender took a bad angle attempted to push Garcon out of bounds up the left sideline, but he showed that he still has the speed to outrun a poor secondary. Garcon was targeted close to the LOS on his other targets, gaining only 17 yards on four other receptions.

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Latest News

Redskins | Will look to target Pierre Garcon more (Fri Oct 17, 09:47 AM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon needs more touches, according to head coach Jay Gruden. He has eight catches in the last three games. Garcon has just one catch out of six third-down targets this season.

Our View: Garcon seems to be blending into a pecking order for targets with four viable options, including Andre Roberts, and the newly healthy Jordan Reed. Garcon could get back to startable numbers on a consistent basis, but anything approaching his massive 2013 stats seems like a remote possibility now.
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Redskins | Pierre Garcon backs Kirk Cousins (Wed Oct 15, 01:11 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon said the team has plenty of confidence in QB Kirk Cousins despite the team's four-game losing streak in which Cousins has struggled mightily at times. Hes just taking in a lot of stuff right now, but once he gets through this, honestly, hell be good to go,' said Garcon. Cousins has 18 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and five fumbles in 13 career games. Cousins is expected to start in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans.

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Schedule

8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys