Earlier today as part of the Redskins Blog’s weekly stat ranking update, I centered the post on the output of wide receiver Pierre Garcon and his transcendence to—near—the top of a longstanding franchise record.
Not surprisingly, the little tidbit gained some traction in the Twitterverse.
There were many a years where the Hall of Famer recorded at least 40 receptions—12 to be exact—but in 1984 he became the first and only Redskin to record triple-digits with 106 catches. Santana Moss (93) and Laveranues Coles (90) came close in the mid to late 2000’s, but neither truly challenged Monk’s record.
Garcon, however, is well within striking distance. At 96 receptions and counting, the former Mount Union star needs just 10 more to tie and 11 to become the franchise’s single season receptions king.
With Dallas’ defense on a historical pace of awfulness and the ending of the first Redskins-Giants game enough incentive to prove he’s got the hands to compete with a legend, Garcon is in position to surpass Monk.
Here are some facts about Garcon and the last two matchups that you might not know that really favor him snatching the record:
–Garcon has at least five receptions in every single game this season. He and Pittsburgh Steelers aerial focal point Antonio Brown are tied for the second longest streak of at least five receptions to start a season. Former Jacksonville great Jimmy Smith holds the longest streak with at least five receptions at 16, a feat he accomplished in 2001.
–You know the tenants of Jerry’s World LOVE to go above and beyond the norm. That includes giving up more receptions than a Redbox dispenser gives up new releases on a snowy day. In 13 of 14 games this season, the Cowboys have given up at least six receptions to someone across the line. Human or machine, the secondary loses star receivers quickly.
–In two career games against the G-men while wearing a beautiful jersey of burgundy, gold and occasionally a smidgen of green, Garcon has reception totals of nine and eight.
With a dearth of exciting television tonight and watching Conan O’Brien act a fool with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube for a 17th time not necessary, he’s a career highlight reel of Art Monk in golden form.
Boy was he somethin’.
CHIME IN: Will Garcon pass Monk in the next two weeks or will he have to wait until 2014 to challenge? Let us know below.
Also be sure to check out Redskins blogger Gabe Hiatt’s lockerside chat with Garcon about words of advice Monk gave him during training camp.
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