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Here are the five best catches from Pierre Garcon's time with the Redskins

Here are the five best catches from Pierre Garcon's time with the Redskins

Come Sunday, Redskins fans will be rooting against Pierre Garçon instead of for him. 

After five years in D.C. — five years in which Garçon 376 passes from Washington quarterbacks, and followed many of those by trampling very unfortunate defensive backs — the receiver will return to FedEx Field in Week 6 as a 49er.

But before he officially suits up as the opponent, let's celebrate his underappreciated career with the 'Skins one last time. Here are the five best grabs from Garçon's stint with the Burgundy and Gold.


5) His 70-yard score vs. the Packers

Some wideouts view the label of "possession receiver" as a compliment. Don't call Garçon one, though.

The 31-year-old has rejected that phrase his whole life, which is probably why he started high-stepping on about the 10-yard line during this touchdown against the Packers in 2016 and then tried to spike the ball deep into the Earth's core. It was his way of reminding people that he isn't just a dude who snags balls on 15-yard post routes:

4) His one-handed snare in Denver

Will Ferrell's been in a ton of terrific comedies. Movies like Anchorman, Step Brothers, Old School, Zoolander and Talladega Nights are some of the funnier flicks you can find.

But because of how long Ferrell's filmography is, other strong comedies, such as The Other Guys, are unfairly forgotten. Similarly, because of how many catches Garçon had with the Redskins, it's hard to remember them all.

This highlight (found here) is The Other Guys of Garçon's Redskins career. Look at this screengrab. Look at it. The man in the No. 88 jersey hauled in the football that's floating far above him with one hand.

3) His Thanksgiving TD in Dallas

Redskins fans everywhere were served an extra dish on Thanksgiving in 2012.

In addition to their turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, those watching the Washington-Dallas holiday showdown enjoyed a heaping helping of yards after the catch, courtesy of Garçon.

If you want to have another taste, watch it here. 


2) His first trip to the end zone with his new team

When Garçon first signed with the Redskins, he was a different kind of free agent than the franchise usually lands.

He was just entering his prime, not well past it. And he was a player hungry for more chances, not one who would've been fine doing less.

Let's just say he made an OK first impression.

1) His game-winner vs. the Eagles

If you were to ask Siri, "Hey Siri, what catch best sums up who Pierre Garçon is as a receiver?" this would be the video she'd pull up (that is, if she didn't misunderstand you and instead end up calling someone in your contacts named Peter Johnson):

Thanks for all the memories, Pierre. Enjoy your trip back to FedEx Field, buddy, and hopefully you leave the stadium on the wrong end of a 35-7 score.

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Jonathan Allen injury news much worse than originally feared, per report


Jonathan Allen injury news much worse than originally feared, per report

Bad news became much worse on Wednesday when ESPN reported that rookie defensive tackle will miss the remainder of the Redskins season.

Allen suffered a Lisfranc injury late in the Washington 26-24 win over San Francisco last Sunday and was spotted wearing a walking boot leaving the stadium.

Initial injury reports suggested Allen could miss up to a month. That prognosis seemed lucky for a Lisfranc issue, an injury of the foot that usually carries longer recovery periods.

Through five games, Allen was a force of the Redskins defensive front. His interior push had been a big part in career starts for fellow lineman Matt Ioannidis and outside linebacker Preston Smith.

With Allen out, the Redskins will need to rely more on veterans Stacy McGee, Terrell McClain and Ziggy Hood in addition to second-year Ioannidis. The injury also likely means Anthony Lanier will join the active roster, beginning as early as Monday night in Philadelphia.

Washington coach Jay Gruden will address the media on Thursday, and Allen will likely be the first topic discussed.

Drafted 17th overall, Allen had been a steal for the Redskins. Many considered the former Alabama star a top five talent, though he slipped due to arthritic shoulder concerns. The foot injury is unrelated.

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State of the Redskins, Week 7: Key stats, trends and storylines

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State of the Redskins, Week 7: Key stats, trends and storylines

Here is where the Redskins stand in Week 7 of the NFL season.

Top three storylines:

Walking wounded—Yeah, this is the same as a top storyline from last week. The good news was that it looks like Bashaud “Gumby” Breeland will be able to play against the Eagles after taking a hit that made his left knee bend at an unnatural angle. But rookie DL Jonathan Allen will be out 3-4 weeks with a Lisfranc sprain. Kicker Dustin Hopkins is on injured reserve and replacement Nick Rose will make his first NFL kick on Monday. All eyes are on Josh Norman, who has not been ruled out of Monday’s game with broken rib he suffered against the Chiefs.   

Thompson on a roll—Chris Thompson is on pace to get 1,000 receiving yards. He has 340, the most on the team by far. That’s great for Thompson but you’d like to see a receiver within 100 yards of him after five games. Terrelle Pryor is third on the team, behind Thompson and Vernon Davis, with 209 yards. If the Redskins offense is going to reach its full potential, Pryor, Jamison Crowder, or Josh Doctson has to start catching up with Thompson’s productivity.

Missing Rob Kelley—Rob Kelley has been out two full games and has missed more than a half of two others with ankle and rib injuries. He’s averaging 4.5 yards per carry and his substitute, rookie Samaje Perine, is averaging 3.0. The Redskins sure could use that extra yard and a half per carry.


Record: 3-2, 2nd in NFC East
vs. NFC East: 0-1
vs. NFC: 2-1
vs. AFC: 1-1
Home: 2-1
Away: 1-1

Rankings  and changes from Week 6

Offense (yards/game): 374.2 (2th, +2 from Week 6)
Defense (yards/game): 316.0 (12th, -3)
Points for: 117 (14th, -1)
Points against: 113 (19th, -1)

Passer rating offense:  106.4 (3rd, +1)
Opp passer rating: 81.8 (9th, +2)
Yards/rush attempt: 4.1 (17th, -8)
Opp. yards/rush attempt:
 4.0 (17th, -2)
Third down conversions: 40.6% (12th, +7)
Opp. Third-down conversions: 40.3% (20th, -2)
Weighted DVOA (Football Outsiders): 24.1% (6nd, -4)
Playoff chances per FO: 51.7%, +2.5 percentage points from last week

Trending in the right direction: They were below average in third down conversions on offense but going seven for 14 on Sunday got them up to 12th.  

Trending in the wrong direction: They averaged 2.8 yards on 33 rushing attempts against the 49ers, dragging their average per attempt on the season from a solid 4.5 yards down to 4.0. It becomes difficult to stick with the run when it isn’t as effective as it needs to be.


Next three games

Monday @ Eagles (5-1)—It’s kind of an odd scheduling format here that the Redskins finished with the Eagles before they play either of their other NFC East rivals. Right now, the Eagles have the best record in the NFC and their quarterback is a legitimate MVP candidate. It will be a tall task to for the Redskins to keep from falling 2.5 games behind the Eagles with Philly holding a head-to-head sweep.  

October 29 vs. Cowboys (2-3)—The two losses to the Cowboys last year were on the long list of reasons why the Redskins failed to make the playoffs. Washington’s run defense has improved but mobile quarterbacks like Dak Prescott still give them problems. Will Zeke Elliott play? Consult with your local bar association for guidance.

November 5 @ Seahawks (3-2)—Seattle looked vulnerable at times early in the year but they have it back together despite an offensive line that is held together with duct tape and chicken wire. This could be the Redskins’ toughest test of the season.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.