DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon were vital members of a potent Redskins offense in 2016. Combined, the two receivers went for more than 2,000 receiving yards as the Washington offense accumulated the 3rd most yards in the NFL.
Once free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jackson and Garçon will leave the Redskins. Jackson is headed south to join the Bucs, reportedly, and Garçon will move west, reuniting with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, reportedly. And with their exit, Jay Gruden's offense will lose more than 40 percent of the team's receving yards from the 2016 squad, making some history along the way.
If Redskins lose Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, they will be first team to lose two 1,000-yard rec from previous season (via @EliasSports)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 9, 2017
To provide some context to the stat, it takes a few stars aligning for an offense to lose two 1,000 yard receivers. First, a team needs a good offense. Second, a team needs two good receivers. Third, a team needs both of those receivers to hit free agency at the same time.
For Washington, it was the perfect storm.
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