Niners Live previously discussed how Pierre Garcon’s role in the offense was vital. Now, after having inspired performances back-to-back against his two former teams (the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins), PG-15 is cementing his spot as top dog not only from the wide receiver corps but maybe also the offense as a whole.
Playing with a chip on his shoulder all season long
Fact is, there are not many 31 year-olds making an impact on any offense in the NFL. When you have been cast away by your former team as part of a revamping of a position, you may take things personally. Last year Pierre Garcon was a member of a talented, yet underachieving receiver corps that included Desean Jackson, and they were the primary targets for Kirk Cousins on the Washington Redskins. Yet, the front office decided to move on from Garcon, and as fortune would have it, he has become the most consistent performer of the San Francisco 49ers Offense this season.
So Much Productivity, but little Reward
Against the Colts, Garcon had 8 catches for 94 yards and against the Redskins 5 catches for 55 yards, including a Key catch that led to the tying score. For the season, Garcon has 33 catches on 56 targets for 434 yards, which leads all 49ers receivers, but he has yet to score a touchdown. According to Pro Football Focus, he has an overall grade of 83.8 and has caught nearly 59% of his targets. He made the difficult catches, catches in the slot, and as shown in the game against the Rams, he is no stranger to catching the long bomb. He has done all of this while facing the opposing team’s best cornerback. The fact that he is able to produce in key moments to keep this team close, makes him critically important to this franchise as they rebuild.
The Bottom Line is:
We are in uncertain times with the new regime consisting of General Manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan’s rebuilding effort. When you are 0-6, it gets tiring to try and find good things to build towards, because all you want to do is win. We have seen already that no one player (Navorro Bowman ) is safe, no starting spot (Brian Hoyer) is secured. In keeping with the philosophy Brick by Brick, young players will be called upon to step up as the season rolls on. Consistency is an absolute must, and Pierre Garcon has more than done his part and seems to have established himself as part of the 2018 season.
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