Pierre Garçon has been who the Redskins brought him in to be.
After signing with Washington in the first hour of free agency in 2012, the wide receiver led the Redskins with 633 receiving yards despite missing six games with a foot injury.
In 2013, he’s contributed a durable campaign and entrenched himself as Washington’s primary threat in the passing game.
Here are five reasons the sixth-year receiver deserves a plane ticket to Hawaii:
Garçon is in elite company in 2013. His 84 receptions rank first in the NFC and second in the NFL. Only Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown has more. The wideout’s 980 receiving yards rank 11th in the league, and Garçon is poised to break the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. With four games remaining, Garçon is 22 catches, 392 yards and four touchdowns away from matching Art Monk’s single-season franchise records set in 1984. Robert Griffin III has targeted Garçon on more than 30 percent of his throws.
As the Minnesota Vikings can attest, Garçon is a brute with the ball in his hands. He’s third in the NFL, second among wide receivers, with 495 yards after catch. That’s more than Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant.
The best receivers don’t require perfectly thrown footballs. As this catch at Denver demonstrates, Garçon’s athleticism and timing allow him to come down with throws that very few 6-foot receivers could reach.
Against San Diego, Garçon showed he could catch balls thrown behind him, too.
Garçon had his most productive game of the season to date versus the Chargers, setting a new personal best with 172 receiving yards. That total would not have been possible without this incredible one-handed catch in traffic.
Take it away Mike Shanahan:
“The thing that he does that people don’t see is how he competes when he doesn’t get the ball,” Shanahan said after the Chargers game.
“A lot of people go out there and catch balls and everybody can see, but when you get the yards we get in the running game, a lot of people don’t see how he’s blocking these defensive backs and safeties… You can see I’m very high on him, just by the complete game that he does play.”
With Garcon’s help, the Redskins are the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL, averaging 150.2 yards per game on the ground.
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