FOXBOROUGH, MA—Against the Patriots on Sunday, Kirk Cousins’ official stat line was 22 of 40 for 217 yards with a touchdown and an interception. But in reality his numbers could have been much better.
Cousins’ first pass of the day bounced off of Pierre Garçon’s hands and into those of defensive back Ryan Logan. The play set the tone for the day as pass catchers had a bad case of butterfingers all afternoon long.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Redskins dropped seven passes on Sunday (five players had one, Jordan Reed had two). Some observers, using perhaps a tougher standard, had the count at 10. In any case, if the passes get caught, Cousins’ day looks a whole lot better. And, more importantly, the Redskins may have been in the game longer.
Cousins viewed the drops as a temporary issue.
“Yeah, all of our guys have good natural hands and have made some really tough catches this year, so I don’t see this as a trend or a pattern, but more of just an anomaly,” he said. “It happens, and we will move on from it and if anything, it will help give us an edge this next week.”
Nobody works harder on catching passes than Garçon. On many training camp days after most other players had filtered inside, Garçon could be seen putting in extra time on the JUGS machine, catching ball after ball that the machine fired at him. Drops have not been a particular problem for him; that was just his fourth of the season per PFF. It just happened to have disastrous consequences.
We will see if the drops were an anomaly, as Cousins said, or a pattern. That’s the good thing about the NFL, you don’t have to wait long to get redemption. The Saints come to down in six days.