BY PETER HAILEY
Seeing Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson's names pop up in Bleacher Report's recently released rankings of the NFL's top 100 wide receivers from 2014 was certainly not surprising. Where their names showed up, however -- and the order in which they did -- may end up turning more than a few heads.
Matt Miller, one of the site's main NFL writers, published the list on Monday as a part of his yearly "NFL 1000" series, in which he lists the league's top players at each position. For his receiver rankings, he grades the pass catchers on "hands (50 points), route running (25), speed (20) and their value as starters or backups (5)."
Going by Miller's criteria, or any other grading system really, Jackson and Garçon are both above average starters, and it was expected that they'd both comfortably finish in the upper half of the top 100. And after going through the list, it's clear that Miller agrees with that sentiment, as he ranked the Burgundy and Gold wideouts 17th and 16th on the list. No controversy there.
The order of the Redskins receivers, however, is where people may start asking some questions.
Despite posting 417 more receiving yards and four more scores than his teammate, Miller chose to rank Jackson one spot behind Garçon. Interestingly enough, Miller gave both players an overall grade of 90/100, and according to him, his tie-breaking system relied on one question: "Which player would I rather have on my team?"
Judging by his list, he'd rather have No. 88 on his side than No. 11.
Jackson was definitely the team's biggest playmaker throughout 2014, as he averaged a league leading 20.9 yards per catch, a number that almost doubled Garçon's 11.1. Miller praised his "easy speed" and said that Jackson is "one of the more well-rounded route runners in the NFL" despite his reputation of being just a deep threat.
Garçon, meanwhile, received high marks for his reliable hands and ability to rack up yards after the catch. Miller concluded his evaluation on Garçon by saying, "He is a quality weapon who can hurt defenses in many ways."
While Miller's decision making in forming his rankings isn't likely to cause any rifts amongst the franchise's most notable receivers, and while the team would be wise to figure out ways to maximize the talents of these two threats instead of worrying about one NFL personality's opinion, it's always intriguing to see how people around the league value Redskins players.
With that being said, seeing who Robert Griffin III values more is something much more important to figure out, and worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
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