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Tale of the Tape: Pierre Garçon vs Anquan Boldin


Tale of the Tape: Pierre Garçon vs Anquan Boldin

When news broke that the Redskins hosted free agent wideout Anquan Boldin for a visit, the next natural question popped up as to what space Washington has at the receiver position. Starting wideouts DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon are slated to be back with the team this fall, and Jamison Crowder looks like a lock in the slot for years to come.

Why bring Boldin in if there isn’t a spot for him to play? Some Twitter frenzy suggested that Boldin could replace Garçon - and his $10 million 2016 cap hit.

One thing must be presented first before this discussion continues: Redskins GM Scot McCloughan and coach Jay Gruden both like Garcon. The veteran wideout is respected in the locker room.

But in the business that is pro football, Garcon’s production does not match that of a $10 million wide receiver. Last season in 16 games, Garcon brought in 72 passes for 777 yard - good for 10.8 YPC - and six touchdowns. As the chart below shows, if Washington moved on from Garçon, the team would save $8 million in cap money.

Playing in the final season of a five-year deal last fall in San Francisco, Boldin caught 69 passes for 789 yards - good for 11.4 YPC - and four TDs in 14 games. 

Prior to that, in 2014, Garcon caught 68 passes for 752 yards and three TDS. In 2014, Boldin caught 83 passes for 1,062 yards and five TDs. Garcon did outproduce Boldin in 2013 (113/1,346/5 to 85/1,179/7) but both wideouts put up strong numbers that year. 

Both players play a tough brand of football not often seen from the wideout position. Garçon will be 30 when the 2016 season starts, Boldin will be 36; a very big discrepancy for a Washington team that McCloughan says he wants to get younger. Both players are also about the same size; Boldin stands 6’1” and goes 218 lbs., Garcon weighs roughly the same but stands 6-foot. 

Considering just how quiet Washington has been throughout the free agency period, signing a guy like Boldin doesn’t make too much sense. Considering that Boldin might offer similar production to Garçon at a cost of way less than $10 million, maybe the situation looks different. Still, the scenario where McCloughan signs Boldin and releases Garçon seems far-fetched. It assumes that Boldin signs a short-term, team friendly deal, not to mention the team wanting to cut ties with Garçon - two factors that seem far from certain.

Another theory could be at work: CSN's Rich Tandler wrote about a possible extension for Garçon as a way to spread out his $10 million cap hit. Might a visit from a prominent free agent WR - with similar production at a reduced cost - encourage Garçon to consider that extension?

Regardless the intent, by hosting Boldin for a free agent visit, McCloughan and the Redskins have opened up many questions. Let us know what you think in the comments. 


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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 


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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.