WR Pierre Garcon - Free Agent
|5-11, 210||Born: 8-8-1986||College: Mount Union||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2008|
2018 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
As was the case in San Francisco's third preseason game, Garcon was removed for a substitute far more than you would expect for a true No. 1 wide receiver. He caught a ball and fell on the ground hard? Wave on Kendrick Bourne. He caught a pass after playing a number of consecutive snaps? Wave on Kendrick Bourne. This isn't Garcon's fault. He's old. But with a trend so notable, it's worth taking account. Oh by the way, he also dropped a touchdown pass.
2018 Week 2 vs DET (4 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
Garcon's relatively quiet day was due to being shadowed by Darius Slay on the vast majority of routes. Indeed, half of his receptions and two-thirds of his yards came on two targets against the man-to-man coverage of Teez Tabor (1-13) and Nevin Lawson (1-19).
2018 Week 3 vs KC (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Garcon's quiet performance was due to Kansas City's zone coverage having him bracketed across the field on most routes. He did, however, have a golden opportunity for 40-yard gain or more when he was left uncovered on a crossing pattern, but Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew him.
2018 Week 4 vs LAC (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Over half of Garcon's yardage came on consecutive plays early in the second quarter. And both came out of an alignment that Garcon has been increasingly used in this season: the slot/flex. On the first play, he ran a quick out route against soft zone coverage, the catch was uncontested and yards after the catch were available. Lined up in the identical spot -- slot right tight -- on the next play, he ran a deep crossing pattern, once again against zone coverage, and was able to easily beat linebacker Jatavis Brown for a 23-yard catch and run.
2018 Week 5 vs ARI (12 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Garcon led the 49ers in targets by a wide margin despite missing a full quarter of the game due to injury. It was tough to tell because there was no replay, but he appeared to do something to his shoulder while diving to the ground for a low throw from C.J. Beathard. Speaking of which, the stat sheet says he only caught 5 of 12 targets, and some people might say several of those were drops, but this low catch rate was not Garcon's fault. When he wasn't throwing low and inside on slants to Garcon, he was throwing high and inside on slants to Garcon. Indeed, one of Beathard's interceptions might go down as a Garcon drop, but that pass was thrown way too hard, way too high, and way too inside. Garcon did a nice job even getting two hands on the ball. Unfortunately, those two hands acted as a volleyball set to safety Tre Boston.
2018 Week 6 vs GB (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
With Marquise Goodwin back healthy and running roughshod over Green Bay's secondary, Garcon saw a reduced role this week. And almost all of his usage was on short throws. To wit, Garcon's only reception that gained double-digit yardage was actually on a checkdown -- after he faked a reverse -- that he caught four yards behind the line of scrimmage.
2018 Week 7 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Garcon's quiet day was primarily due to facing shadow coverage from cornerback Marcus Peters. Another reason, which may be somewhat of a canary in the cole mine about Garcon's usage, is that the usual "Kendrick Bourne replaced him for a few breather snaps at a time" phenomenon that's existed all season turned into "Kendrick Bourne replaced him for 45 percent of snaps." And this wasn't a garbage-time thing.
2018 Week 9 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 56 / 1 rec)
Garcon scored all of his fantasy points during the first half, most of which came on his first target, which resulted in a 24-yard touchdown reception. It's a mystery what happened to cornerback Daryl Worley on the play, as his man-to-man technique defending Garcon's release off the line of scrimmage looked more like the Ickey Shuffle than anything coaches teach in practice. It really must be seen to be believed.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs PIT (6 / 6 / 51 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had a quiet day even though he recorded six catches. His longest went for sixteen yards but the Steelers secondary made sure to keep everything in front of them and rally to the ball. None of Pierre's catches were very impactful to the offense but a few did help move the chains for first downs. He didn't record a catch in the first half but started to find his groove coming out after halftime. He was not targeted in any of their red zone trips as many times he has been the second option behind Jordan Reed.
2016 Week 2 vs DAL (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon wasn't very busy in this game as he only recorded two catches. Neither catch made much of a difference but it should be noted that he had a red zone target. However, Kirk misread the coverage and Pierre didn't even have a chance at the ball. Pierre often gets frustrated with his opportunities but having an inconsistent quarterback will make for these types of days.
2016 Week 3 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon played his usual role against Washington of mainly being a possession receiver. Garcon had five catches but none of them were highly impactful in totality. He had a twenty yard gain that he and Kirk can continue to build on but Pierre won't be called upon much to make the big plays in the passing game.
2016 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had another one of his typical games as a chain mover. He only had four catches but two of them resulted in first downs. Pierre never receives a high volume of catches or targets but his ability to break tackles after the catch is helpful in Washington's offense. Kirk did miss Pierre once in this game on a potential touchdown in the red zone as they couldn't connect on a slant route.
2016 Week 5 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 56 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon had one his better receiving days against the Ravens. He had five catches and also scored the only offensive touchdown for Washington. Pierre ran right pass the cornerback up field for a twenty yard strike down the sideline. Pierre also had two critical third down conversions in the third and fourth quarter that kept drives alive. The winds forced more short throws where Pierre is often the beneficiary.
2016 Week 6 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had one of his more productive games of the year as he led the team in catches and yards. Four of his six catches resulted in first downs a he constantly kept the chains moving. He had an opportunity for a touchdown but Kirk misfired out of the back of the end zone when Pierre had his man beat. Pierre's longest reception went for twenty-two yards and he displayed the physicality in his route running that Washington loves. Pierre is the consistent possession receiver that fluctuates in volume weekly due to the abundance of weapons in Washington.
2016 Week 7 vs DET (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon wasn't as involved this game as he only had two catches on four total targets. He has been busy with Jordan Reed out but this game wasn't his day.
2016 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had another game of five or more catches. This had much to do with the high volume of passing for this game but nonetheless he was involved. It was still a typical possession receiver type of day for Pierre as he often caught short passes. His ability to gain yards after the catch is a key element because of Kirk's penchant for short to intermediate passes. His longest reception went for twenty-three yards and he often broke tackles with each reception. Pierre's biggest catch of the day came when he helped keep a drive alive to help Washington secure their second touchdown of the game. Kirk missed Pierre for a potential touchdown in the third quarter as the red zone miscues continue. It should be noted that Kirk is looking for Pierre when they are in scoring range but inaccuracies keep hindering Pierre's productivity.
2016 Week 10 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon saw a few more looks in this game as he totaled six catches. Some of the looks were due to DeSean's absence but he didn't see a massive uptick. Per usual, Pierre was a steady safety valve and chain mover for Washington in this game. His longest reception went for seventeen yards. He was missed in the red zone by Kirk again as he found himself open for a potential touchdown but Kirk was unable to find him. Pierre is perfect for Washington's short passing game attack but without capitalizing on the red zone opportunities it puts a cap on his production.
2016 Week 11 vs GB (7 / 6 / 116 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon had his biggest game of the season as he totaled six catches but caught a seventy yard reception for a touchdown. Pierre generally isn't a deep threat but facing a Packers team devoid of cornerback help he found his opportunity. Pierre's game was typical to thriving in the short passing game but then he made a double move at the line of scrimmage to take a fly route straight up field where Kirk connected with him for the huge touchdown score. Pierre's deep shot opportunities won't be plenty but this shows he still has dangerous speed to threaten a secondary down field.
2016 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon wasn't as effective in this game as the previous one even with the terrific day Kirk had passing. Pierre had a total of four receptions and his longest being twenty seven. Pierre fell right back into his normal possession receiver type role and managed to move the chains. Kirk did miss him in the back of the end zone for a potential touchdown which has happened on a few occasions this season.
2016 Week 13 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was Washington's most productive receiver in this game. He led the team in receptions and yardage. Kirk found Pierre early and often throughout this game when Washington needed a play. His longest reception went for twenty-eight yards and four out of seven receptions resulted in first downs. Kirk missed Pierre for a potential touchdown in the third quarter but overthrew him down the sideline. If Kirk can ever connect with Pierre in the end zone he'd have a lot better production. Getting open had been problematic for Pierre but the short passing game tailored towards him limits his upside.
2016 Week 14 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 59 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon led Washington in receptions and also found the end zone for this game. It was encouraging to see Kirk actually connect with him in the red zone. Pierre executed a great fade route to gain separation from his defender as he caught a third quarter touchdown pass. Most of Pierre's work comes on short to intermediate passes so he will rarely have big yardage totals. He has gotten into a nice flow with Kirk as he continues to have five or more receptions a game. It can also be a direct result of Jordan Reed's injury as well.
2016 Week 15 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon tied for the team lead in receptions for this game but it didn't equate to big yardage. He is often used as a short passing game weapon so this isn't a surprise. Pierre's longest reception went for twenty yards but he was largely ineffective throughout this game. Pierre had no problems getting separation out of his routes but the Washington offense hit a major snag against Carolina.
2016 Week 16 vs CHI (5 / 4 / 94 / 0 rec)
Like teammate DeSean Jackson, Garcon had his way with the overmatched Chicago secondary in Washington's comfortable win. Three of Garcon's four receptions were on intermediate or deep routes, uncommon for the chain-moving receiver. Garcon beat press coverage on a post route for more than 25 yards as Washington emerged from the shadow of their own end zone. Again in the first half Garcon torched Chicago, winning easily on a deep route for more than 40 yards. While the volume was not there as Washington shifted to reserves on the field in the fourth quarter, Garcon had one of his best games of the season.
2016 Week 17 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 96 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon turned in on the second half of this game as he provided a spark in the third quarter. Pierre only had four catches on the day but his forty-nine yard reception helped setup a potential score. However it was washed away by a turnover the following play. Pierre also had a key reception in the fourth that did help setup what turned out to be the game tying touchdown. He took a screen pass twenty yards down field to put the offense in the red zone. Pierre isn't known for the big play in this offense but his ability after the catch gave the offense life late in the second half.
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.
2015 Week 2 vs LA (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 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 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 5 vs ATL (8 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon day was limited to 3 catches. Even though his day was quiet, he made one of the biggest plays of the game as he caught a 21 yarder that helped set up the field to force overtime. Garcon's role in this offense is to be a chain mover so these type of days can be common for him. Being that he plays on the outside while Cousins prefers his throws in the middle of the field sometimes Garcon can get lost in the shuffle.
2015 Week 6 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 28 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon caught a touchdown in the first quarter on a nice slant play at the goal line but that was his only significant contribution to this game. Garcon's five catches weren't very impactful due to being covered by Darrelle Revis most of the game.
2015 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had a rather pedestrian day considering how much the Redskins threw the ball around. He had 5 catches with his longest being a 21 yarder. Pierre had 2 catches in the first two possessions of the third quarter that kept drives alive which is his staple. He is mainly a chain mover but the volume of catches and his role in this offense isn't what it used to be. The emergence of other weapons has caused his role to diminish.
2015 Week 9 vs NE (8 / 4 / 70 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was Washington's most productive receiver on the day as he totaled 70 yards. None of it had much impact but having DeSean Jackson back on the opposite side seemed to give him more room to operate as he had more yards receiving in this game than the last few weeks.
2015 Week 10 vs NO (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had his most unproductive game of the year as he only had 2 catches for 10 yards. There wasn't a high volume of passing in this game but the lack of involvement for him was uncharacteristic. He wasn't necessarily being shadowed by the Saints ace corner Delvin Breaux but then again Pierre isn't utilized as a big play weapon in this offense.
2015 Week 11 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had minimal impact on this game as he only had 3 catches. Washington's inability to sustain drives really limited Pierre's opportunities to produce. However he is a possession receiver he doesn't see much volume in the passing attack.
2015 Week 12 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had his typical day of low yardage combined with minimal catches. It has become increasingly more difficult for Garcon to make plays as Kirk has established Jordan Reed as his #1 short passing game option. Garcon thrives on yardage after the catch but his opportunities are few and far in between.
2015 Week 13 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had a decent game considering the low scores and nature of the game. He was 2nd on the team in catches with 5 but didn't accumulate much yardage. Garcon did haul in a huge 23 yard reception that ultimately led to a field goal as points were hard to come by in this game.
2015 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon is still struggling to find the end zone, but his five catches on the day was second highest total for the team. He doesn't take the top off the defense so the yardage totals remain modest. He had a 19 yard reception that helped keep their drive alive in the 2nd quarter, but his impact on this game was minimal from a receiving standpoint.
2015 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon had his typical game with a low volume of catches but he did manage to score a touchdown. Pierre's touchdown was in the red zone where it seems he's be used more often. He caught a jump ball on a corner fade route that he snagged with authority. Garcon is a feisty possession receiver that thrives on aerial combat type catches but Washington doesn't allow him many opportunities.
2015 Week 16 vs PHI (12 / 7 / 80 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon had his biggest game of the year (at least statistically speaking). He hauled in 7 catches and essentially slammed the door on an Eagles comeback with the game sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Garcon's longest catch went for 25 yards, but he spent most of the night taking advantage of attention the Eagles secondary was giving DeSean Jackson. He also found himself up against a rookie defensive back which is no match for a solid veteran receiver such as Garcon.
2015 Week 17 vs DAL (4 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon played sparingly in this game but he left his mark with a 39 yard touchdown grab. Pierre is mainly used in the intermediate passing game but he caught his longest touchdown of the year going up the sideline for the score. It is rare for Pierre to catch touchdowns but he has found the end zone more often as of late. He totaled 3 catches in this game but made the best of it by scoring before exiting for good.
2014 Week 1 vs HOU (12 / 10 / 77 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon again saw short targets in quick-hitting passing game, reprising his role as a serviceable possession receiver with some upside YAC. Garcon's final stat line was solid, but his playmaking ability was capped due to having little opportunity to run after the catch in Gruden's short-passing offense. Garcon looked to be Griffin's primary target when he needed a bail out and the veteran receiver showed he still has some moves in the open field on a nice curl during a two minute drill in the first half. His only deep target came in the fourth quarter in single coverage, but Garcon couldn't outplay CB A.J. Bouye for the ball. The ball was well-thrown but Garcon showed poor ball-tracking and little ability to high-point the pass. Much like last season, Garcon looks like he will be the main target on underneath routes, but it is unclear how he will be utilized in the red zone with Griffin struggling.
2014 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon didn't receive a target until 32 second before the end of the the first half. Dropped a beautiful pass from Cousins over the top of the defense that could have scored, but the pass was ripped away at the last moment. His first and only catch of the game came at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter. The receptions leader of 2013, Garcon looked like an afterthought in the Kirk Cousins led Washington offense, giving way to the dynamic TE Niles Paul and the scrappy Andre Roberts in the WR pecking order.
2014 Week 3 vs PHI (16 / 11 / 138 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon was a lost man in Washington's lop-sided victory over the Jaguars in the previous week. But a full week of working with new QB Kirk Cousins showed that Garcon is still heavily involved in Washington's plans. Garcon caught Cousin's second TD late in the first quarter on a four-yard in route at the GL, slipping untouched into the endzone. Throughout the game Garcon was on the receiving end of a few fantastic passes from Cousins working the left sideline. One was a deep out toe-tapping catch from a Cousins dart between two defenders. The other was a 43 yard sideline go route with Washington trailing in the fourth quarter, where Cousins dropped a perfect bucket pass to Garcon in stride before the receiver got crushed by the incoming safety help.
2014 Week 4 vs NYG (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Despite a team-high six targets, it was a non-descript game for Garcon in the blowout loss to the Giants. Two of Kirk Cousins' worst throws of the day were in Garcon's direction, both double-covered deep routes. Garcon eluded the first defender for yards after the catch on a quick hitch route for his lone noteworthy contribution. He also snared an off-target pass from Cousins for a modest gain called back by penalty. With a bevy of turnovers and a lack of timing, the Washington passing game failed to get on track this week.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was barely a rumor in the first half, catching one pass for -2 yards. He made his first impact in the game catching a weak-armed pass from McCoy on a short out to the right sideline and taking the ball inside the five yard line, setting up Washington's first TD. Garcon took a backseat to Jordan Reed and Desean Jackson in the target pecking order, but came up big late, catching a 23 yard pass from McCoy on Washington's first play of OT.
2014 Week 9 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
RG3's favorite target last year, Pierre Garcon looked as if he might re-establish his place at the top of the WR pecking order in Washington. Garcon was targeted early, but finished the game again taking a backseat to Desean Jackson. His 15 yards receiving was his worst output since Week 2 at Jacksonville. Garcon was targeted deep late in the second quarter, but he was unable to haul in a tough but catchable ball the Griffin rocketed up the left sideline that fell right through his hands. Garcon looked like he may have injured his wrist on the play as well, but he was not taken out of the game.
2014 Week 11 vs TB (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was an afterthought in the Washington passing game, catching only one of his two targets for six yards. More than half of RG3's completions were to RBs and TEs, and Desean Jackson seems to have the clear hold on WR targets.
2014 Week 12 vs SF (4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon continued his disappearing act this season, failing to eclipse 50 yards receiving for the eighth time on the year. Garcon was given the opportunity throw a pass this game, failing to connect with a double-covered DeSean Jackson deep down the field, but his deep pass wasn't terrible, all things considered. Garcon's sole highlight of the day came on a play-action pass that Garcon caught over the middle of the field that gave the receiver room to run after the catch for 34 yards. Garcon looks to be the same strong, fast player he was after being signed by Washington three years ago, but the regression of RG3 has killed any potential for Garcon to break out of his slump this year.
2014 Week 13 vs IND (9 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was unable to exact "revenge" against his old team, finishing with a paltry nine yards for the day. He was targeted in the end zone late in the second quarter but was blanketed by Vontae Davis and couldn't come up with the ball. Garcon was never able to shake the Colts coverage and looked disinterested as his teammates garnered much more attention from Colt McCoy.
2014 Week 14 vs STL (11 / 9 / 95 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had a game reminiscent of last season when he led the league in receptions. His nine receptions and 95 yards were his most since week three against the Eagles. Garcon clearly benefited from the absence of DeSean Jackson, but he still ran mostly short, high-percentage routes and didn't find much room to run after the catch. Garcon never came close to getting a red zone look and is merely a high-volume, low floor receiver at this stage.
2014 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was second on the team with seven targets, but had to settle for mostly short underneath routes in a neutered RG3 passing offense. Garcon had a nice chain-moving catch in tight traffic early in the game that fired him and the Washington offense up, but Garcon disappeared in the second half as the Giants pass rush stiffened and kept Griffin running for his life.
2014 Week 16 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was not huge part of the Washington passing game, but he was clutch late in the contest, icing the game by taking a short pass 23 yards into FG range with the game tied at 24 after a Sanchez interception. Garcon's four receptions were tied with DeSean Jackson for a team high, but Jackson more than doubled Garcon's production as the the possession receiver worked much shorter routes.
2014 Week 17 vs DAL (5 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon wasn't a big part of Washington's game plan but managed to show up on the stat sheet with a huge gain on a bubble screen that he took upfield for a 47 yard gain. Garcon showed shades of his previous excellent season with strong run after the catch on a play nearly identical to the one DeSean Jackson took to the house in the first quarter.
2013 Week 1 vs PHI (11 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Unexpectedly, Garcon led all Redskins receivers in targets with eleven, and seemed to show no ill effects from the torn ligaments in his foot he suffered in last season's road opener against New Orleans. Garcon did not rip off any eye-popping touchdowns like he did in Week One of 2012, but he remains the Redskins' most dominant wide receiver. Washington leaned on Garcon heavily in the screen game to counter the Eagles' constant blitzing, and Garcon responded with several tough, physical runs after the catch. There were times, however, Garcon and his quarterback were not on the same page, with Griffin sailing the ball over Garcon's head once on a sideline go route - which would have easily gone for a big gain, if not a touchdown - and Griffin also over threw Garcon in the end zone. Garcon was also the intended receiver on a pass that Robert Griffin underthrew and got picked off by newly-minted Eagles cornerback Cary williams. Unfortunately, the blame goes to Griffin, who did not step into the throw and sailed the ball Garcon's way, with Williams cutting off the receiver's route and snatching the ball out of the air. Though Garcon did not quite stuff the stat sheet, his 2013 debut was full of promise. With an offseason to recover from injury, Garcon seems to have his speed back, and obviously lost none of the toughness he had from previous seasons. He should dazzle in future contests as the Redskins' clear-cut WR1.
2013 Week 2 vs GB (13 / 8 / 143 / 1 rec)
The Redskins' sputtering offense seems to only be able to support one receiver at the moment, and Garcon is it. Dwarfing all other Washington pass-catchers in targets and receptions, Garcon man-handled a serviceable Green Bay secondary at Lambeau Field. He started off the game getting forty-four yards on a screen pass, using his linemen to lead the way before getting tackled short of the Green Bay red zone, and Garcon hardly looked back from there. Relatively held in check against Philadelphia, Garcon would tally an additional ninety-nine yards against the Packers running the entire route tree while serving as Griffin's major deep threat. Garcon put the Redskins on the board in the third quarter, taking a six-yard pass from Griffin to the end zone. Initially ruled down at the Packers' one-yard-line, Replay Assistant indicated Garcon broke the plane and scored.
2013 Week 3 vs DET (13 / 8 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Garcon continued his hard-playing, heavily targeted ways against the Lions. He actually got the Redskins going on the ground initially, taking an end-around up the right side of the field for ten yards and a first down. Through the air, he reined in eight of thirteen targets, averaging over nine yards per catch. Garcon ran all manner of routes and displayed fantastic athleticism, particularly on a seventeen-yard gain on a corner route with coverage looming, and again on a short four-yard completion where Robert Griffin III threw the ball nearly out of Garcon's reach. Garcon snagged the pass and earned an unnecessaary roughness penalty on Rashean Mathis for a hit on a defenseless receiver. Garcon was the target of Griffin's solo interception against the Lions, only because he was in the area of the pass. Griffin scrambled around the field to extend the play, only to throw the pass into the diving hands of cornerback Chris Houston. Garcon only made it through the first quarter of the 2012 season before missing a number of games due to a foot injury. He has finished three so far, and if he remains healthy, he should continue to see the lion's share of Redskins targets.
2013 Week 4 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 59 / 1 rec)
One has to wonder how much longer Garcon has on a bad foot, but through four games, he seems to have plenty of juice left - making up in toughness what he appears to have lost in speed. Washington did not have Robert Griffin III take many downfield shots with Garcon against Oakland, electing to get its best receiver in space on short and intermediate passing plays. Garcon found the end zone on a quick slant route at third-and-three at Oakland's five-yard-line in the third quarter, but his more impressive play saw him pushed out of bounds just short of the stripe. With the Redskins facing third-and-eighteen at the Oakland eighteen-yard-line, Garcon ran a quick drag route and caught the pass from Griffin to take Washington to the Raiders' two-yard line, coming just short of a touchdown. Garcon should continue to lead all Redskins receivers in all relevant statistical categories until his foot presumably falls off.
2013 Week 6 vs DAL (15 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Absolutely peppered with fifteen targets from Robert Griffin III, Garcon could only managed to reel in half of them against Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr and the rest of the Dallas secondary. Interestingly enough, most of Garcon's targets came on short and intermediate routes. Despite press coverage from Carr, Griffin elected not to exploit Garcon's big-play ability. It remains to be seen if Garcon is not one hundred percent based on his injured foot, and that is why Griffin did not dial up many deep balls Garcon's way.
2013 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
For the first time this season, Garcon did not have to shoulder the load in the passing game as the Redskins held their own against the visiting Bears. Garcon missed double-digit targets for only the second time this season. He remained the receiver Robert Griffin III leaned on when he was flushed out of the pocket and on the run. Garcon made a handful of key grabs to move the chains for the Redskins, though he had drops in the first half that kept stalling the offense - uncharacteristic for a receiver who transitioned from being a deep threat to a do-it-all WR1. It was surprising that Garcon did not have a bigger game against a reeling Bears defense, but Chicago elected to focus its defensive efforts on the run and stopping the Redskins' wide receivers, which allowed Jordan Reed to have a big day. Garcon stands to rebound in Week Eight against a Denver defense that is thrown on a gret deal.
2013 Week 8 vs DEN (11 / 7 / 46 / 0 rec)
On second-and-nine at the Washington forty-eight yard line, Griffin sailed a pass over Garcon's head. Garcon managed to extend an arm out and get maximum extension to reel in the pass, like an outfielder robbing a home run at the top of the ballpark fence. It was a mammoth play for Garcon that went for a miniscule eight yards and proved to be the highlight of Garcon's day against Denver's generous pass offense. Targeted elevent times, Garcon managed seven catches and generally underwhelmed. He ran several go routes that the Redskins attempted deep shots on, but with no success. washington's passing game was, in general, a mess against Denver, and Garcon struggling with it should come as no surprise. Twice Garcon was the intended receiver on interceptions thrown by Redskins quarterbacks - once on a short route where he fell down, and another on a route Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie anticipated, jumped, and won the fight for the ball.
2013 Week 9 vs SD (11 / 7 / 172 / 0 rec)
Garcon shouldered a majority of the the receiving load for the Redskins against the visiting Chargers, hauling in seven of his eleven targets for a whopping one hundred and seventy-two receiving yards. It appeared the Chargers had practically no interest in covering Garcon, who was wide open on four plays for gains of twenty-five yards or more. Not only did Garcon achieve easy separation from the Chargers defense, he also showcased some sure hands on a couple highlight-reel grabs. Garcon left his feet to snag a fifteen-yard pass at the end of the first half, then caught a pass in the crook of his elbow - while falling down - on the Redskins' eighth drive. Touchdowns were hard to come by as Washington felt suited to punch the ball in on the ground, but Garcon found great success facing the Chargers. It should surprise no one he led the team with eleven targets and tripled the next-closest Redskins receiver in receiving yardage.
2013 Week 10 vs MIN (10 / 7 / 119 / 1 rec)
Perhaps no quarterback/wide receiver combination benefits from the play-action passing game as do Pierre Garcon and Robert Griffin III. With Griffin selling the run effectively against Minnesota, Garcon was free to roam the deep middle of the field on post routes while the Vikings focused on stopping the Redskins' ground game. Garcon's fourth through seventh targets resulted in pass plays of fifteen-plus yards, all in the middle of the field, including an absolutely angry catch-and-run of twenty-five yards. Washington also involved Garcon heavily on quick screens, one of which resulted in an eight-yard score, and the other a gain of twenty yards. Though he topped the century mark through the air for the second game in a row, Garcon might have had an even bigger game on Thursday night. Robert Griffin III targeted him in the end zone three times, but to no avail. The Vikings were surprisingly stout in their own end zone.
2013 Week 11 vs PHI (10 / 6 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Targeted ten times, Garcon turned in an underwhelming box score appearance in a very favorable meeting against an Eagles secondary. Washington did not call Garcon's number on as many high-percentage plays - screens and slants - as it typically does, and Robert Griffin III elected to Garcon on intermediate and deep routes with mixed results. Garcon was the intended receiver on Griffin's game-ending interception, though he was not in a position to make a play on the ball, with multiple Eagles defenders in the area and Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin in a much better position to make a play.
2013 Week 12 vs SF (11 / 8 / 48 / 0 rec)
Garcon broke the seventy-catch mark this season against visiting san Francisco and continued his run as a featured wide receiver. The Redskins' hyper-conservative playcalling, heavy on quick screens and short slants to force San Francisco to ease up on their blitzing, produced minimal opportunities for Garcon, who almost never got the ball in space. Garcon looked notably slower against San Francisco than in weeks past, likely the result of the ankle injury he sustained in Philadelphia last week - not to mention the foot injury that sidelined him most of 2012. Garcon remains a capable, dangerous receiver, but cannot succeed in the current Redskins offense that struggles to move the ball down the field.
2013 Week 13 vs NYG (12 / 9 / 61 / 0 rec)
Garcon looked sluggish and out-of-shape against a Giants team that planned to prevent him from ripping off big gains in the passing game. New York routinely played off coverage to allow Garcon to catch the ball in space, a defender Garcon could not shake appeared immediately after the catch. Perhaps the number of short hitches and sit routes Garcon ran did not do him any favors - he is far more lethal on slants and crosses when given a running start - but the veteran receiver could not generate yards after the catch. Garcon also appeared checked out mentally on Sunday Night Football - once kicking the ball into the stands after an incompletion, and on the final play of the night, allowing an easy strip by Giants safety Will Hill to ice the game for New York. The Redskins also used Garcon as a pitchback on option plays, though he did not record any carries. He remains on pace to break Art Monk's single season receptions record for the Redskins, likely the only record a Redskin will chase this season.
2013 Week 14 vs KC (12 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Garcon got twice as many targets as Aldrick Robinson, the Redskins' leading receiver, though he was unable to do much with them. In fairness to Garcon, many of his targets were under or over-thrown by Griffin and Cousins. Kansas City gameplanned to take Garcon away from Griffin, pressing him in short passing situations and bracketing him in longer ones. On the Redskins' second offensive series, Garcon was the intended receiver on a pass Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson read perfectly, picked off, and returned for forty yards.
2013 Week 15 vs ATL (10 / 7 / 129 / 1 rec)
Against a forgiving Falcons secondary, Garcon had a banner day in Atlanta. Getting fed the ball as always, Garcon torched the Falcons for his fourth game of one-hundred plus yards receiving. Garcon accumulated the majority of his yardage on a fifty-three yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins, slipping by the secondary on a graceful catch-and-run. Overall, Garcon exhibited a terrific knack for getting open, appearing almost quicker than ever this year. He was the intended receiver on a slightly underthrown pass that Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant jumped perfectly and played well - he was also the intended receiver on an unusual call by the Redskins. Washington elected go for a two point conversion down one with seconds left on the clock, rather than kick an extra point and go into overtime. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was unable to connect with Garcon for the score and the Redskins fell to the Falcons.
2013 Week 16 vs DAL (18 / 11 / 144 / 1 rec)
Garcon turned in an absolutely dominant performance against the Cowboys in Week Sixteen, soaking up eighteen of the Redskins' thirty-five passing game targets. He broke Art Monk's single-season record for catches by a Redskins receiver, a mark that stood for twenty-nine years. Garcon and Kirk Cousins sought to exploit the matchup whenever Garcon lined up against Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, who did not practice early in the week due to an illness. Garcon roasted the reeling Carr through three quarters of play, to the tune of eleven catches for one-hundred and forty-four yards - including an eight-yard slant route touchdown reception where he was not even covered. The Cowboys adjusted in the fourth quarter and assigned Orlando Scandrick to Garcon, who was then held without a catch. Before that defensive switch, Garcon ran roughshod all over Dallas on all manner of routes. Kirk Cousins fed Garcon the ball repeatedly, as Garcon got open on nearly every route he ran with seemingly no effort. Garcon, who felt the effects of a foot injury throughout most of 2012 - an injury that seems to have affected his speed in 2013 - did not appear any faster in the contest against the Cowboys, but did run routes with a decidedly smooth gait. If Cousins continues to pepper Garcon with targets in Week Seventeen against the Giants, Garcon stands to hold on to his lead as the league's leader in receptions.
2013 Week 17 vs NYG (10 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Garcon's six catches for fifty six yards assured him of the league lead for receptions in a single season, making him the first Redskin since Art Monk in 1984 to lead the NFL. Garcon finished the afternoon with ten targets, marking the fourteenth game where he received double-digit targets. He caught the Redskins' longest pass play of the afternoon at twenty-one yards. Garcon actually encountered some difficulty getting open against the Giants, with coverage from the Giants' secondary - particularly that of cornerback Prince Amukamara - being particularly tight.
2012 Week 1 vs NO (4 / 4 / 109 / 1 rec)
Brought in to Washington to give Robert Griffin III a deep threat, Garcon joined the Redskins to the tune of forty-two and a half million dollars this offseason. Immediately involved in the passing game, Garcon caught three successive bubble screens in the opening drive for the Redskins, turning one into a nine-yard gain for a first down. In the second half of the first quarter, Garcon made a leaping grab on an in route. Shaking off some pressure from Saints safety Roman Harper, Garcon torched the New Orleans secondary to give the Redskins an eighty-eight yard touchdown and an early lead. While Garcon left the game after that play - reports revealed he sustained a foot injury - he appeared on the Washington sideline in the third quarter, and the injury was reportedly not serious. In one quarter of action, Garcon led all Washington receivers with one hundred and nine receiving yards.
2012 Week 4 vs TB (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Garcon had an unusual day at Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers. He caught his only target on a crossing route from Griffin, taking it for a twenty-yard gain. The former Colt seemed to not show any ill effects from the foot issue that kept him out for three quarters against the Saints and totally out of the Redskins' games against the Rams and Bengals. He did draw a thirty-two yard pass interference call on Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber on a deep go route downfield. Garcon also drew an unsavory offensive pass interference call in the third quarter, and followed it up with an unnecessary roughness flag a few plays later. Fantasy owners are certainly happy Garcon recovered a Robert Griffin III end zone fumbled for a Redskins touchdown, but in truth, Garcon showed little against the Buccaneers, aside from the fact that he was able to play in the game.
2012 Week 5 vs ATL (7 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Garcon had something of a putrid day in his first home game as a Redskin. Leading all Redskins receivers in targets with seven, Garcon converted those opportunities into three receptions for twenty-four yards. One of those receptions was a twenty-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins, if presents any indication to how Garcon's day played out. He did catch a ball after making a motion that looked like a volleyball setter - while on his back - but that was his most impressive feat of the day. The former Colt looked good on the field - his speed and willingness to catch the ball in traffic were evident - which is a good sign for future games. Garcon was quarterback Kirk Cousins' primary read when Cousins entered the game, so in the event that Robert Griffin III sits out due to a concussion in Week 6, Garcon should be heavily targeted against the Vikings.
2012 Week 11 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)
Returning to the field for the first time since Washington's home loss to Atlanta, Garcon caught three passes - two wide receiver screens and a cross-field desperation lateral from Robert Griffin III - for five yards. He ran the most pass routes of any Redskins receiver, and did not seem inhibited by the foot injury that plagued him for weeks on end, both of which are good signs. However, this was not a stellar day for Garcon. He did lead the Redskins in targets, which is also encouraging, as it appears Washington is ready to get him heavily involved in the offense once again.
2012 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 5 / 93 / 1 rec)
The Redskins signed Garcon to be their number-one wide receiver in the offseason, and save the first quarter of the 2012 season, the former Colt has not done much to earn his keep. Seemingly recovered from a foot injury, Garcon went to work against a stingy Cowboys defense in Dallas. The fifth-year receiver led all Redskins in receiving yards with ninety-three and targets with seven as he worked over the Dallas secondary. Garcon made the highlight reel on a second-and-twelve catch at the Washington forty-one yard line, running a deep middle-crossing pattern. Doing just enough to outrun coverage, Garcon leapt into the air to catch a bullet of a pass from Robert Griffin III, landed on his feet, and smoked members of the Cowboys' secondary on his way to the end zone. The play actually looked strikingly similar to Garcon's touchdown catch against the Saints during Week One. A healthy - or at least serviceable - Garcon is a tremendous upgrade to the Washington receiver corps and the Redskins should lean on Garcon fairly heavily as they keep their long-shot playoff hopes alive in 2012.
2012 Week 13 vs NYG (11 / 8 / 106 / 1 rec)
By far the Redskins' busiest receiver, Garcon totaled eight catches on eleven targets, more than every other Redskins receiver combined. With the Redskins' pistol formation and play action fakes producing a great deal of single coverage by the New York secondary, Griffin often hit his first read, Garcon, in stride. This pitch-and-catch relationship resulted in one hundred and eight receiving yards for Garcon, including a touchdown on a shallow crossing route in the end zone. Garcon proved unquestionably dominant after the catch, especially on slants and deep crossing routes, reeling in passes of twenty-five and thirty-five yards, respectively. The free agent acquisition from Indianapolis had no problem weaving in and out of coverage and finding holes in the Giants' secondary. Garcon is unquestionably the Redskins' most dominant weapon in their unique passing attack, and while he will likely not be one hundred percent healthy this season, he is getting hot at the right time.
2012 Week 14 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Once again, Garcon dominated all Redskins receivers in targets, receptions, and receiving yards, and still managed to find the end zone in Week Fourteen against the Ravens. While the fifth-year receiver did not produce a highlight-reel scoring play like he is wont to do - his long reception of the day came on a twenty-two yard post-in route - he proved instrumental in the Redskins' overtime victory against the Ravens. With Washington facing a third-and-six at their own forty-yard line and backup quarterback Kirk Cousins in for Robert Griffin III, Garcon drew a critical defensive pass interference flag on Ravens cornerback Chris Johnson. Griffin would return to the game, hit Garcon with a twenty-two yard pass, then exit the game again, unable to stand. Three snaps later, with mere seconds on the clock and Washington in the Baltimore red zone, Garcon caught an eleven-yard pass from Cousins in the back of the end zone to put the Redskins within two of the Ravens. Garcon is an uncanny playmaker with the ball in his hands, but his production is obviously contingent on both his health and the Redskins' situation at quarterback.
2012 Week 15 vs CLE (12 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)
Kirk Cousins' presence did not change Washington's game script for its star wideout, as Garcon received the lion's share of targets in the passing game once again. Cousins targeted Garcon on a staggering twelve pass attempts, and the two hooked up for six catches and sixty-five yards through the air. Cousins looked Garcon's way in nearly all passing situations - short, intermediate, and deep down the field, which bodes well for Garcon's production if Griffin continues to be sidelined. Garcon continues to put the foot injury that kept him off the field for many weeks, running with speed, physicality, and determination. The fifth-year man from Mount Union did draw a tough assignment in Browns cover corner Joe Haden, which explains Garcon's modest production given his target volume. Garcon did get an end zone pass from Cousins thrown his way, but coverage from Haden preventing Garcon from completing the catch.
2012 Week 16 vs PHI (9 / 7 / 89 / 0 rec)
The focal point of the Redskins' conservative passing attack caught seven passes for eighty-nine yards on nine targets, nearly twice as many as the next Washington receiver. The fiery Garcon manhandled the Eagles' secondary at Lincoln Financial Field, catching all manner of bubble screens and crossing route passes for extra yards after receptions. Griffin's effective use of play action continued to benefit Garcon, as the two hooked up for gains of twenty-seven and twenty-nine yards, respectively. Garcon's leap on Griffin's slight overthrow on the latter pass was an All-Pro move by the wide receiver. While Garcon was unable to get to the end zone for the second time in as many games, he did spring fellow wideout Joshua Morgan on a key block in the second quarter, which set up a touchdown and gave Washington the lead.
2012 Week 17 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)
The focal point of the Redskins' fairly limited passing attack, Garcon caught three passes for forty-six yards on five targets. Like previous weeks, Garcon had the most success on passes off play action fakes while he ran routes that allowed him to generate yards after the catch. Robert Griffin III's trust in Garcon is something to behold - the rookie quarterback exhibited no fear in rifling the ball into traffic for Garcon to grab. Garcon did not reach the end zone and, in truth, had his worse game, statistically, since fully returning to game action, but the Redskins opted to run rather than pass against the Cowboys. Garcon put up a key block on Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne on Robert Griffin's ten-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. It stands to reason that Garcon will be plenty busy against the visiting Seahawks with Washington playing in its first home playoff game since 1999.
2012 Week 18 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
When he wasn't getting in shoving matches with Seahawks' secondary, Garcon was the Redskins' leading receiver in the team's Wild Card weekend matchup. Garcon paced all Redskins receivers with fifty yards through the air, though thirty yards came on a hook/out route in which Garcon piled up significant yards after the catch. The bruising, physical wideout had a tough evening all around, given Griffin's weakened state and Seattle's defensive backs mixing it up with him on practically every snap. Garcon's three other catches were short gains set up by play-action fakes, as the Redskins sought to get their weapon in space to generate yards after the catch. The first-year Redskin did get a target in the end zone on first-and-four in Seattle's red zone, but Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner batted Robert Griffin III's pass away. Garcon was the intended receiver on Griffin's first and only interception against the Seahawks. While Garcon ran a go route down the left side of the field, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas read Griffin the entire play. Watching Griffin eye Garcon - who was already covered - Thomas followed Griffin's pass and got over top of Garcon to intercept the ball. Garcon had no shot of catching the underthrown pass.
2011 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
In two wide receiver sets, Pierre Garcon was the player on the field with Reggie Wayne. He had two opportunities to score but was unable to bring in a long pass on one play, and was overthrown by Collins on the other. Garcon was used on a mixture of short and deep routes, and was open on the first fumble by Collins, who started to throw the ball but then pulled it down in the face of a heated pass rush.
2011 Week 2 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon had only 3 catches and 1 came in garbage time, he was really a non factor in this game. Collins tried to connect with the deep threat but the best they could manage was a pass interference penalty to set up a Colts field goal attempt. Garcon is a huge casualty of the Peyton Manning effect and the only way he will become relevant again is if Collins can grasp this offense quickly and take frequent shots deep to Garcon with one on one coverage as Manning used to do.
2011 Week 3 vs PIT (10 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
Garcon was the team's most targeted receiver due to Ike Taylor shadowing Reggie Wayne all night long. Garcon had a typical game for him. He showed his ability to get open and flashed great speed and agility in doing so. He also had a terribly-timed drop of a 3rd down pass that would have continued a drive into the red zone. If Painter had made the easy throw to him late in the game, Garcon's line would have had 64 more yards and a TD.
2011 Week 4 vs TB (8 / 2 / 146 / 2 rec)
He made the most out his receptions so let's take a look at what happened. His first big reception for an 87 yard touchdown came on busted coverage from Aquib Talib who really had a rough night at times for the Bucs. Garcon got past him on the right sideline in the 2nd quarter and then was hit in full stride by a Curtis Painter bullet and then he kept running as fast he could breaking a Talib tackle and managing to stay in bounds racing the rest of the way for the touchdown. The 2nd catch was a lot shorter pattern and once Garcon got the ball secured on the catch he just took off and left the Bucs defenders grasping at air. Talib once again had a chance to make a tackle and failed to do so. The end of the run was capped with Reggie Wayne flying into the play and taking out 3 Bucs defenders on a wild down the field block to help Garcon finish off the touchdown. Garcon has the big play threat but the plays also had a flukiness to them and owners should not count on this type of production all the time. He also dropped a couple of receptions which seems to be ongoing problem for him.
2011 Week 5 vs KC (8 / 5 / 125 / 2 rec)
As long as Curtis Painter is QB it seems that Pierre Garcon will be a quality WR. His timing on the short routes was good and he had no trouble catching the ball. Although he had two touchdowns, neither was exceptionally difficult. The first was a slip screen from the 6 yard line, and Reggie Wayne made such a dominant block that Garcon could have walked into the end zone. The second was blown coverage and when Garcon caught the ball there was no one within 20 yards of him. Still, he made some impressive catches with CB Brandon Flowers all over him and was Painter's favorite target once again.
2011 Week 6 vs CIN (11 / 8 / 52 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon was involved a lot in the passing game for the Colts but came away with little production as all of his passes were very short gains that relied on yards after the catch to make the play worthwhile. Garcon at one stage caught three slants in a row for the Colts for first downs and good plays but very minimal gains overall in terms of yardage. Garcon did manage to draw a pass interference call deep which set up a Colt's touchdown but it was unlucky as Garcon was not able to score. Garcon is a physical receiver that can turn some catches into big gains and Painter looks for him a lot but could not break a big gain in this game. Garcon also had an inexplicable fumble late in the game as he was trying to do too much and the Bengals managed to convert into a defensive touchdown.
2011 Week 7 vs NO (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Garçon may not be listed as the Colts' number one receiver, but when Curtis Painter is under center, his eyes seem to find Garçon more often than any other receiver. Garçon nearly had an 80 yard TD to start the game (or at least a huge gain), but Painter slightly underthrew him and Jabari Greer knocked it away. Garçon was targeted more than any other Colts receiver and had another deep ball thrown his way that was overthrown by a few yards. No Colts receiver looked very good in this one though, as the team barely managed to throw for 100 yards.
2011 Week 8 vs TEN (15 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)
Once again Pierre Garcon continues to show great ability only to fail in big situations when he is relied on the most. Garcon remains Painters first read, something owners should monitor if Painter were to miss time due to injury or ineffective play. Garcon had a great opportunity early, inside the 10-yard line Painter gestured to the WR only to have the ball bounce right off his hands in the end zone. Another great opportunity came on a bubble screen inside the 10 only to be tackled quickly on a great play by Jason McCourty. Garcon's lack of consistent hands also resulted in a deflected interception. His physical abilities are always present; the Colts routinely attempt to get the ball to Garcon in space maximizing his attributes.
2011 Week 9 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon has been a favorite of QB Painter in the passing game but perhaps teams have taken a notice to this and made an effort to stop Garcon. With only 3 short gains in this offense, Garcon is getting almost no looks deep down the field and the entire Colts offensive is completely restricted. Garcon had a chance deep as he was open but Painter missed him and strangely never thought to try and hit him again.
2011 Week 10 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Garçon has not been nearly as productive in the passing game lately as he was earlier in the year, finding it difficult to consistently get open. When he has been open, QB Curtis Painter has been so inconsistent and inaccurate, they just haven't been able to make connections that came so easily during the first half of the season. Painter tried to force the ball in to Garçon on the right sideline and it was nearly intercepted as he left the ball too far to the inside. Garçon made a couple of connections with QB Orlovsky playing in relief of Painter and was held on a late attempt in the endzone, but did not draw the flag.
2011 Week 12 vs CAR (8 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Pierre Garcon had an up and down game for the Colts and did not get in gear until the second half. Garcon was targeted more after the break, getting a target on a post route that fell incomplete due to good coverage. The Colts got the football into Garcon's hands on a screen pass in the second half and then on a comeback route. Garcon was targeted with less than a minute to go at the back line of the end zone by Painter, but the pass was thrown too high for him to reel in. Until the Colts have a more competent QB, Garcon's value will be inconsistent from week to week.
2011 Week 13 vs NE (12 / 9 / 150 / 2 rec)
Garcon's huge day came almost entirely after the Pats already weak secondary switched into prevent mode. The ironic part is that many of his biggest plays came on exactly the types of route the prevent defense is supposed to defend against. Garcon hauled in an incredible 8 passes for 137 yards in the 4th quarter alone on a variety of routes. His first TD came on a go route where he simply outran his man and the caught a perfectly thrown pass in stride for 33 yards. His second was more impressive, with him falling to his back in the corner of the end zone on another well thrown ball. It was not, however, his most impressive catch. That came a play earlier on one of the few catches Garcon made with a defender close by. Garcon went up above the DB and caught the pass in the air, then made an acrobatic move to stay in bounds. Perhaps just as important as his amazing 4th quarter was the fact that Garcon seemed to be in tune with his QB from the first play, and their timing was spot on, especially on the sideline routes.
2011 Week 14 vs BAL (12 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Garcon had almost all of his production in garbage time with about 5 minutes to go in the game. Garcon dropped an easy TD pass in the 4th quarter. This is problem that seems to creep up on him in some games. He looked elusive in the open field and seems to have the ability to get open. Unfortunately the QB situation is killing the value of these above average receivers.
2011 Week 15 vs TEN (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Garcon chipped in for the Colts first victory of the season, primarily as a willing blocker in the running game. Garcon shows underrated toughness in engaging the opposing cornerbacks when his teams are rushing the ball. Otherwise he is primarily running drag routes across the middle of the field and quick hitches. Garcon is not targeted as often without Peyton Manning under center but is still affecting games in a positive manner by running his routes hard and catching the balls that come his way.
2011 Week 16 vs HOU (12 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)
Garcon worked shorter routes more than did Wayne, and was often Orlovsky's on blitz reads. Though drawing tougher coverage, Garcon was successful in getting space against the cornerback and giving Orlovsky a good target. He was only targeted once in the red zone, though was a frequent target during the game winning drive.
2011 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Garcon had his two receptions in the first half and was quiet after that. Orlovsky seems to favor the receivers that run the shorter routes than Garcon, who is known to run the deeper routes. With Wayne maybe moving on it will be interesting to see if Garcon re-signs as he will likely be the number one target for this team next year.
2010 Week 1 vs HOU (10 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 2 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 5 vs KC (13 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 103 / 1 rec)
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.
2010 Week 8 vs HOU (11 / 7 / 78 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 9 vs PHI (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 10 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 11 vs NE (9 / 5 / 62 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 12 vs SD (7 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 13 vs DAL (8 / 8 / 56 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 14 vs TEN (7 / 6 / 93 / 2 rec)
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.
2010 Week 15 vs JAX (6 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
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.
2010 Week 16 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 35 / 1 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
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.
2010 Week 17 vs TEN (13 / 7 / 78 / 1 rec)
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.
2010 Week 18 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 112 / 1 rec)
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.
2009 Week 1 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Garcon didn't have any big plays, but he is clearly a run after catch threat, and he also has some moves after the catch. He should get more snaps in the wake of Anthony Gonzalez injury as he is more experienced lining up outside in this offense. He's a solid waiver wire pickup in deep leagues.
2009 Week 2 vs MIA (3 / 1 / 48 / 1 rec)
Garcon caught a deep ball out of bounds on his first target, but he stayed on the field of play all the way to end zone on his second target, a 48 yard catch and run that highlighted his jets. Garcon had one blocker downfield on the short pass, and set the escort up perfectly. His speed adds another dimension to the passing offense, making Manning an even better fantasy option because he now can get yards/TDs that he didn't create.
2009 Week 3 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 64 / 1 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Garcon showed deep speed again, getting behind Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie when he was peeking in the backfield, and tracking the deep ball very well to get the TD. Garcon also had a nice run on a end around that included a devastating stiff arm that put a Cardinal defender flat on his back. He is definitely living up to Bill Polian's glowing comments about his improvement in the offseason.
2009 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 71 / 0 rec)
Garcon looked very impressive on a limited amount of catches. First he made a tough 25 yard catch in traffic and held on while getting creamed by two defenders. All of his catches seemed to be of the highlight variety. He was thrown to in heavy coverage and came down with the ball each time; Manning definitely had confidence in him. Despite the fact that Austin Collie had the more productive fantasy line, Garcon is the one who has "big play" written all over him. Oddly, he was not targeted in the second half. Chalk it up to the Colts having a lead and going with a more conservative attack.
2009 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Garcon was held in check by the Titans this week as he only ended up with a single catch for 9 yards. As we have seen over the first four games, Garcon does his damage on deep out routes. He was targeted on a couple of these this week but was overthrown by Manning both times. Look for him to resume his role as a dangerous stretch the field and after the catch WR next week.
2009 Week 7 vs STL (8 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon surprisingly struggled against the Rams in Week 7, dropping several easier chances throughout the contest. He was targeted most in the second half with Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark taking some rest with the game well in hand, so do not read too much into his eight targets. Garcon will likely be sidelined and pushed down the depth chart once Anthony Gonzalez returns to action.
2009 Week 8 vs SF (7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Garcon was looked to on deeper routes, but not exclusively. He did catch a couple of shorter passes late in the game. In general, Garcon is targeted less, but used on longer routes (which he excels at). When the Colts are leading, Garcon and Collie's roles are clearer, but when behind, they are pretty much interchangeable. And so, as the game plan went out the window, both became less effective.
2009 Week 9 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)
Garcon had an excellent game, catching 5 balls for 60 yards. One catch, a 26 yard reception that he caught in stride before being tackled, was the Colts' longest pass of the day. Garcon had some snaps both at split-end and in the slot and benefited greatly from the Texans using two defenders to account for Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne. Garcon appears to excel on routes 8-12 yards downfield where he can make a break to get away from the lone defender. Garcon has also improved a great deal at getting off the line of scrimmage.
2009 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Pierre Garcon had a relatively quiet night in the Week 10 matchup against New England, but the telling stat was his 11 targets. New England focused on both TE Dallas Clark and WR Reggie Wayne defensively, leaving Garcon with one-on-one coverage most of the night. Garcon was on the field often as opposed to Austin Collie, with Garcon lining up outside of Dallas Clark in the slot and Reggie Wayne on the other side. Peyton Manning threw in Garcon's direction often with some of his production coming in the way of drawing pass interference yardage. With Garcon on the field quite often and getting multiple chances from Manning, Garcon has to be rostered for wide receiver depth in most fantasy leagues.
2009 Week 11 vs BAL (8 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Garcon has slowly been getting more and more involved in the Colts passing attack as the season has progressed. He lead the Colts in receiving yards this week thanks in large part to a deep route in which he was freed up by a great Manning pump-fake. On the play be beat both the safety and corner and then turned on his jets for a 66 yard gain. The Colts attempted to utilize his speed in various other ways throughout the rest of the game (bubble-screens, end-arounds, etc). Garcon is obviously a cog in this offense, but it's tough to tell where he fits in week to week at this point with so much talent around him.
2009 Week 12 vs HOU (7 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Garcon's case of the "drops" appears to be a thing of the past based on his touchdown reception against the Texans. Garcon ran a "go" route from the 8 yard line as Peyton Manning threw a bullet his direction. Garcon put one hand out to stop the ball, focused on it as it bobbled up in the air, and secured it with both hands for a touchdown. Garcon is working primarily on curls and slants from the right flanker position.
2009 Week 13 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 136 / 0 rec)
Garcon led the Colts in yardage. On the first offensive play of the game, he caught a tipped ball intended for Austin Collie, for a 27 yard gain. Then made two more big plays on the opening drive. At the end of the first quarter, Garcon had 100% of the Colts receptions. Once again, he showed a propensity for highlight reel catches and big gains. He will take a back seat to Reggie Wayne in most games, but Manning is not afraid to throw to him in any situation.
2009 Week 14 vs DEN (9 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon started out this game hot, and in sync with his quarterback Peyton Manning. He was targeted deep a few times, but was unable to bring in the big catches. Instead, Garcon did his damage on short routes where he would use his speed and quickness to get off the line quickly. When he wasn't catching passes he was blocking effectively on run plays, and would also run pick routes to get other receivers open.
2009 Week 15 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Pierre Garcon started for the Colts but was only targeted minimally in Week 15. Garcon caught both balls that came his way, two short catches in the first quarter that both went for first downs. Garcon was kept off of the field in the second half with a reported hand injury as Hank Baskett took his spot, but Garcon is reportedly going to be just fine and able to play next week (if the Colts do not rest him).
2009 Week 19 vs BAL (10 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Garcon worked a lot of short underneath and comeback routes vs. the Ravens on Saturday. His efforts were rewarded with 10 targets on the day from Payton Manning. Garcon has the makings of a fine WR; however his hands were suspect at times this week. He dropped a couple of would be 3rd down conversions.
2009 Week 20 vs NYJ (15 / 11 / 151 / 1 rec)
Garcon was the hero in this one, catching the ball early, often, and all over the field. He made first couple of the Colts big plays: one was short, and he showed his athleticism leaping over defenders and going for extra yards (and also protecting the ball well); the other was a deep, over-the-shoulder catch, in which he beat his man and made a tough adjustment to get under the ball. Manning went to him on a long 3rd-and-goal on a WR screen (which came close but didn't score), and then again on a slant pattern in the end zone, but Garcon couldn't hang on. His touchdown came in the third quarter, a fade pattern in the corner of the end zone, which had no room for error. His 11 receptions were an AFC Championship game record.
2008 Week 17 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Garcon converted all three of his targets into receptions for 21 yards.