Player: Pierre Garcon
Position: Wide receiver
Age: 29 (turns 30 on Aug. 8)
Contract Status: Entering final year of five-year deal
Preseason buzz: The main buzz around Garcon was a question as to which version we would see on the field: the 2013 version that had 113 catches for 1346 yards, or the 2014 version that recorded 68 receptions for 752 yards.
Ended 2015 as: Much closer to the underwhelming, 2014 version of himself. Garcon caught 72 passes for 777 yards last season, which is especially disconcerting considering fellow starting wide out, DeSean Jackson, played in only 10 games. The most yards that Garcon gained in any one game was 80 in Week 16.
Season highs: Although he wasn’t able to rebound in terms of yards and receptions, Garcon did bounce back in the touchdown category. After snaring three touchdowns in 2014--his fewest since his 2008 rookie season—Garcon tied his career high last season, finding the end zone six times. His most impactful performance came against the Eagles in Week 4. Garcon reeled in three catches for 30 yards, including the game-winning touchdown on a highlight-reel grab between two defenders on the offense’s final drive.
Season lows: Garcon didn’t have a particularly bad outing or disastrous drop that stands out as much as his overall lack of production did. At the same time, only Jordan Reed (952) had more receiving yards than Garcon on the season. Still, it’s fair to expect a larger haul from Garcon given his sizeable contract and past production.
Grade: C+. The plus feels generous here, but he was the team's leading receiver behind Jordan Reed. One area that he could really improve is in average yards per catch. He's not going to make a living off of the long ball, but his longest reception last season was 39 yards. That's not long enough for a starting wide out of his caliber.
2016 expectations: It wouldn’t be reasonable to expect Garcon to replicate his monster 2013 campaign, especially in light of the seemingly ever-expanding role of Jordan Reed in the passing game. Nonetheless, Garcon is entering a contract year, and in order to prove he is worth the type of money he is currently receiving, he will need to up his game. The bar should be set around 70 receptions and somewhere between 850 and 900 yards, but whether he gets there is anyone’s guess.
Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @DanRothDC.
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