By Jonathan Ebanks, Redskins Correspondent, Wed, Apr 1st 3:59pm EDT
Redskins' head coach Jay Gruden spoke about Pierre Garcon saying, "I think we can get his numbers up a bit." Gruden also said, "We missed him. With three quarterbacks playing, there was never any ideal situation, and that hurt all the receivers. Moving forwards we get some stability at the quarterback position, you'll see all the numbers go up for all the receivers hopefully. A lot of people would rather just hand it off, but I think, we need to spread it out and be diverse in what we do and get these guys these touches. These guys work extremely hard. For us not to give them opportunities to make plays down the field is silly." (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: DeSean Jackson took a huge chunk out of Pierre Garcon's value, but having three different quarterbacks all start at least three games each didn't help either. The entire offense lacked chemistry last season. Garcon's biggest dip in production was on third down, which is likely where the Redskins will use him as a security blanket this season. He was only targeted 15 times on third down in 2014, resulting in a mere five catches. Jordan Reed got more chances on third down than Garcon despite missing so much time last season. Even Andre Roberts received more third down opportunities. Expect the team to try to get Garcon 70-80 catches this season, especially since he has typically been productive after the catch on third downs since coming to Washington.