After the Redskins signed Pierre Garcon on Tuesday afternoon, there was a lot of Internet chatter about the quality of his hands. CSN Washington’s Ben Standig, for example, wrote this:
According to Mike Clay with Pro Football Focus, in 2010, Garcon finished with 13 drops on 119 targets, the third-worst ratio among qualified wide receivers. The most notable drop occurred in the 2010 Super Bowl against the Saints, a play some considered a turning point in the Colts' loss....
Despite an uptick in targets (123), Garcon finished 2011 with only five drops and the 15th-best ratio among wide receivers. It should also be noted he posted career-high numbers (70/947) despite the non-Mannings throwing him passes.
Now, those are a lot of interesting numbers. And I don’t know much about how best to judge a receiver’s hands. “He's been prone to drops — also cleaned this up last year — and is very physical,” Colts blog Stampede Blue wrote this week.
But this incredible photo by Jonathan Newton — which led Wednesday’s sports section — tells a pretty nice story.