Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins
|WR - #14||33.99||WAS||Active||7 years||27||6'0||212||@PierreGarcon|
2014 Outlook: Stud (low risk)Last updated on Jul-04-2014 by Larry Goldstein
Pierre Garcon shook off an injury-riddled first year with the Redskins to post career-highs in targets, receptions, and yards in 2013. In fact, Garcon led the entire league with a staggering 182 targets; even more impressive, he had ten or more targets in each of the last ten games. While those stats are as much a product of RG3 having no other trustworthy weapons than anything else, it validates Garcon as one of the premier receivers in the league. Griffin is expected to spread the ball around more this year with the additions of DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a healthy Jordan Reed, but Garcon will still be the most heavily targeted receiver in Jay Gruden's pass-happy offense. Garcon is currently the 12th WR being selected (32.60 ADP) and going approximately two rounds ahead of his new teammate Jackson. Expect fewer targets but greater efficiency this year as defenses will not be able to double-team Garcon.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first.
Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks down, Gruden knows that Griffin will be off.
"As far as [Griffin] running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden said. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs. Obviously, it would be stupid not to."
This is nothing new -- literally, this story is four days old. But everyone understands that Jay Gruden isn't a Shanahan; he's not going to dial up as many zone-read plays. Gruden wants to get the ball down the field, and he wants to utilize Griffin's arm and accuracy more than anything else. Griffin won't be a statue. He just won't run quite as often as in 2012. At least that will lower his chances for injury.
Despite the expected dip in rushing yards, Griffin is a solid pick in the sixth or seventh round. He isn't just a scrambling quarterback. He is a solid passer -- he completed almost 66 percent of his throws as a rookie. With DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Andre Roberts running routes for him, Griffin should have a lot of fun in this offense as long as his offensive linemen give him some time.
And if they don't, he can always run.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/28 - Redskins HC: Designed runs for QB Robert Griffin III might be 'few and far between'
7/19 - Redskins QB Robert Griffin III says HC Jay Gruden's offense is similar to Mike Shanahan's
7/17 - Redskins WR DeSean Jackson to fill 'Z' role in HC Jay Gruden's new offense
7/11 - RB Alfred Morris is the Redskins' biggest offensive weapon, Robert Griffin III says
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|5.08||FFToolbox - Brian Murphy - I was a little bummed that Dwayne Bowe didn't fall one more pick. Garcon's right foot is still a problem for him, and that's more risk than I like to take on this early in a draft. But if he can deal with the pain -- and he has said he will -- I think Garcon will post WR2 numbers this season. Yes, that hinges on the health of Robert Griffin III, but all reports out of that corner sound pretty rosy.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
|5.12||Bruno Boys - Again the value at the turn was at WR. The problem was that I didn't really like any of the options on the board. I ended up taking an early upside pick. Garcon battled injury literally all of last season and it looks as if he?s unlikely to ever fully heal which makes him a risk. His upside, however, is immense. Garcon managed to put up near WR2 PPG numbers despite playing through injury. His chemistry with Robert Griffin is unparalleled and no other receiver on the team has really stepped up. Garcon will lead the Redskins? receiving corps yet again and 75+ receptions is a very achievable number. Relying on him as a WR2 shouldn't be too much of a stretch.|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
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