Washington Redskins: Pierre Garçon Viewed As the #1 Wideout

By Emmanual Benton

Offensive Coordinator, Kyle Shanahan has made it pretty clear in a recent interview that free agent pick-up, Pierre Garçon is and will be the Washington Redskins’ #1 Wide Receiver. Garçon signed a 5-year, $42.5 million deal this during free agency, and though Washington didn’t make Garçon the highest paid free agent receiver, Kyle Shanahan says Pierre Garçon was “the best WR available.”

“Pierre is fast as can be, he can get off bump, he can get in and out of his breaks, he has good hands and he’s fearless,” Shanahan said. “He will block as good as anyone. He’ll put his face into anyone. He gets after it, he competes, and he’s everything I look for in a wide receiver.”

Garçon had a career season in 2011 without the sheriff, Peyton Manning at helm. Instead, he had to deal with a Painter (Curtis) at the quarterback position. Often times, defenses were more concerned about his play-making ability than they were with Reggie Wayne. Garçon essentially served as the Indianapolis Colts’ #1 Wr last season, and Reggie Wayne benefited from that. In fact, Indianapolis preferred keeping Pierre Garçon over Reggie Wayne, as they both were 2012 free agents. Indianapolis attempted to sign Garçon early in the off-season, before free agency began, and Garçon rejected a deal similar to the one he signed in Washington.

Teams viewed Garçon as a #1 Wr in free agency. The Minnesota Vikings, St. Louis Rams, and Cleveland Browns are a few “known” teams that pursed Garçon and felt he had #1 ability.

Pierre Garçon will serve as the X receiver which is the featured Wr in a Mike Shanahan offense. The Z receiver is often times a offenses’ featured receiver, but not in a Shanahan offense. This is why you hear Shanahan preach to his receivers about getting off bumps and being fearless. The X receiver plays on-the-line, and has to be able to be physical enough to get off jams and break into precise routes without wasting too much “motion.”

Brandon Marshall and Andre’ Johnson both played similar roles in this Shanahan offense, and Jabar Gaffney had a career season playing X receiver last year in Washington. So there’s no doubt in my mind, Garçon could be primed for a big season. It was clear last season, this offense is perfect for getting receivers open and giving them room to make yards after the catch. That’s were Jabar Gaffney failed, as there was plenty chances for him to gain YAC. Garçon will take advantage of the system. He may not be “tall” like Marshall and Johnson, but he’s big, strong, and has ability to stretch the field.

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