Round 6, Pick 205 (2008 NFL Draft)
- AFC Champion (2009)
- NFL Receptions Leader (2013)
- Washington Redskins All-Time Receptions Leader in a Season (113 receptions - 2013)
- One of three players in NFL history to record 5+ catches in all 16 games of a regular season (2013).
Pierre Garçon is coming off of his most personally successful season as a pro in 2013. I'd expect 2014 to be as good or better. In last year's offense there was Garçon, Morris, half of a Jordan Reed, half of an RGIII, and no offensive line. This year's offense is obviously already looking much better. In addition to Garçon and Morris, Reed is 100%, RGIII is 100%, DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts have been added, and our offensive line should be improved. We also have a new HC who was an excellent OC for the past three years in Jay Gruden. All that adds up to what should be a much more explosive offense this year... and Garçon should thrive. If he can do what he did to Dallas in Week 16 last year (11 rec, 144 yds, 1 TD) amidst a season falling apart (lost our last eight games), then I think it's safe to say he should be able to similarly dominate games in this improved offense this season.
An interesting thing to consider for 2014 is that Garçon's receptions may be down a little bit. With the added weapons to our offense, it's unlikely that he catches 113 balls again this year. However, with the added weapons that need to be accounted for, the field should be more opened up to allow Garçon to really show that YAC ability that he is so known for. He's been described as a RB after he catches the ball because he runs with such aggression and really doles out some punishment. He has unquestionable heart and desire as indicated by what he's made of himself after being a sixth round pick out of Mount Union. I can't imagine anyone in the NFL would want to try to tackle him after he has the ball in his hands.
I'll predict 92 receptions for 1,147 yards and 6 TD's for Garçon this season. It should be another good year and I anticipate Garçon playing in the Pro Bowl. He'll be a main contributor to the Redskins' success and may very well be our top WR again this season. He has amazing ability on screens, short, and intermediate routes and as I said before, he contributes more than most players in the league in the YAC department. He already has an established rapport with RGIII and has clearly been his favorite/most reliable target the past two season (when healthy) and I think that chemistry should go to the next level this year. Gruden's presence should have a profound impact on Garçon this year. I salivate just thinking of everything he was able to do with A.J. Green and the WR corps he had in Cincinnati, and you have to think he'll be able to take full advantage of a WR the caliber of Garçon. Gruden likes to throw the ball and Garçon is one of the best in the business at catching it.
Roster Prediction: Making Roster
He's making the roster and starting every game he's healthy. That's guaranteed. He's one of the best WR's in the NFL and having a fully healthy RGIII should make him just that much better. I expect a dominant season.
Pierre is of Haitian descent and was born in Carmel, NY. However, he went to high school in Greenacres, FL. He played both football and soccer and was known for doing backflips after scoring goals. He started his collegiate career at Norwich University in Vermont and then transferred to Mount Union after one season. He led Mount Union to two consecutive Div. III National Championships and almost had a third. He was teammates with Cecil Shorts III. Pierre also ran track at Mount Union, thriving in the 100 and 200 meters. Another reason everyone loves Pierre, he's known for his charitable endeavors. Just last year he had his first 'All White' charity party and is doing so again this year. A bunch of Redskins players went last year and a bunch more (including RGIII and Jay Gruden) are expected to go again to this year's party which just happens to be this week. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Last year's party raised more than $30,000. You can read about it (and see pics of RGIII, Jay Gruden, and some other Redskins getting fitted for their tuxes!) at Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog over at The Washington Post. He also recently went to hang out with the troops in Afghanistan:
And even chatted with some from Ashburn:
And here he is chatting about RGIII, Jay Gruden, and more: