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WR Pierre Garcon - Washington Redskins

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

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 5): Garcon briefly left the game on Sunday due to a knee injury, but he returned in the fourth quarter to make three key catches on the game-winning drive. He'll be evaluated further on Monday.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): Garcon isn't lighting it up in the downfield passing game, but he's playing very well and making clutch plays for his team. The return of DeSean Jackson in a week or two may take targets, but it will also open up coverage for Garcon. He's a high floor WR3/Flex in PPR.

General News (Fri Oct 9): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 8): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 7): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 5: at Atlanta Falcons

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Kirk Cousins threw the game-winning TD at :26 left in the fourth quarter on Sunday (31/46 for 290 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown) and also ran in a one-yard TD to lead his team to a key divisional win over Philadelphia and a 2-2 record during the season's opening month. Not too shabby, huh? Pierre Garcon (eight targets for 7/55/1 receiving) hauled in the game-winning score. Ryan Grant saw seven targets for 5/45/0 receiving across from Garcon at wide receiver. However, there was a significant loss, too, as Jordan Reed (eight for 5/37/0) was knocked out of the game due to another concussion - he has a long history of brain traumas, and has missed chunks of seasons to similar injuries in the past. Head coach Jay Gruden provided 'no timetable' Reed's recovery from his latest concussion on Monday, and also revealed that Reed also sprained his ankle and knee (MCL) in Sunday's upset of the Eagles. Gruden said that he was 'concerned' with Reed's health - it doesn't sound like Reed will be active for this game, at least at midweek the chances look dim. Derek Carrier is the next guy up for the Washington tight end stable - they already have Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul on IR, and word at midweek is that DeSean Jackson isn't likely to play in Week Five either. Cousins is swimming uphill against a lot of injuries to teammates right now. The Texans swapped starters midway through the loss to Atlanta, and wound up with 29/57 for 382 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown across two passers - at one point they were down 42-0, so part of the big yardage total is due to the fact that the Falcons went into prevent-defense mode partway through the second half (and started pulling starters for rest). Against Atlanta, Dallas managed 22/26 for 220 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago. To date, the Falcons are ranked 30th in the NFL averaging 305.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores handed out vs. four interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and five sacks (tied for 28th in the NFL) generated. This is a good matchup for Cousins, assuming that the 'next men up' for the Redskins at tight end and wide receiver are able to provide him with reliable hands.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs MIA 68 0 0 0 8 6 74 0 0 7.4
2 vs STL 51 0 0 0 7 6 23 1 0 8.3
3 at NYG 66 0 0 0 12 5 64 0 0 6.4
4 vs PHI 64 0 0 0 8 7 55 1 0 11.5
5 at ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 6 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
5 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 7 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon didn't have a ton of yardage, but this might have been his most effective game so far. Garcon had 7 catches but it should also be noted that he was targeted even more. Garcon often kept the chains moving but displayed great ability to get yards after the catch. Garcon had 3 huge catches on the final drive that sealed the game including the game winning touchdown catch in tight coverage. Garcon is a physical receiver that doesn't mind taking the punishment so Kirk throws to him with confidence. This is a low volume/short passing offense (while Desean Jackson is out) and Garcon is playing well.

2015 Week 3 vs NYG (12 / 5 / 64 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon had a decent night as he kept drives alive by making himself available for Kirk Cousins. His night could have been better if not for a few errant throws and a couple drops in his part. Garcon biggest catch of the night went for 19 yards but he mainly stayed active as a possession receiver. Garcon fumbled around the middle of the fourth quarter but it was overturned and resulted in a 4th down. They were able to keep possession because of a Pass Interference call but the game was virtually out of reach at this point. If Garcon had better quarterback play then he certainly could have been more productive.

2015 Week 2 vs STL (7 / 6 / 23 / 1 rec)

Pierre Garcon was relatively quiet as the ground game was the focal point. All of his 6 catches were merely dink and dunk plays which shows in his extremely low yardage total. However he did catch a fantastic back shoulder touchdown grab in which he lost his defender. As a possession receiver Pierre Garcon will have more quiet weeks with them leaning on the run game.

2015 Week 1 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Pierre Garcon instantly had a busier than usual afternoon once Desean Jackson went down. He was targeted on 3 of the next 5 throws from Cousins. Pierre is more of a possession receiver so he doesn't quite bring the explosion to the passing game. Cousins often found Garcon on hitch routes and slants which kept the chains moving. Garcon started off hot as he had 4 catches in the first half, but then only ended up with 6 total for the game. His presence wasn't felt as much as anticipated when Desean Jackson went down. The "run first" mentality combined with Garcon's role as a possession receiver leaves his weekly output very modest.


Latest News

Redskins | Pierre Garcon probable against Atlanta (Fri Oct 9, 06:46 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (knee) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 9, and is probable for Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Our View: We could see Garcon finishing Week 5 as a WR2 with WR1 upside. Some of you out there may even be able to play him as a flex.

Redskins | Pierre Garcon fully practices (Thu Oct 8, 05:58 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 8.

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Redskins | Full practice for Pierre Garcon (Wed Oct 7, 05:46 PM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Our View: Garcon has been huge in Washington's offense this year and while he left the game briefly last week, he returned to make some key contributions late. He should be a borderline WR3/WR4 as the matchup is tough but Washington might have to throw a lot to keep up with a potent Atlanta offense.
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Redskins | Pierre Garcon left briefly (Mon Oct 5, 09:34 AM) - Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (knee) left the game Sunday, Oct. 4, in the fourth quarter with a sprained knee. He returned to catch three balls and a touchdown in the victory.

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