Pierre Garcon had never made NFL Network’s top 100 list before. The annual list — determined by the votes of current NFL players — is being announced on NFL Network, and Wednesday night, the network revealed that the wide receiver checked in at No. 80. That made him the first Redskins player on this year’s list.
Garcon, though, didn’t seem thrilled. First he posted the news Wednesday night with an emoticon that seemed to indicate he was not impressed.
(Am I interpreting this emoticon correctly? It doesn’t look like a happy emoticon.)
(Yes, I am now attempting to read into the emotions displayed by tweeted emoticons. Make sure you do well in math and science, kids.)
Then, Thursday morning, Garcon posted about the list again, writing “I guess it’s better to be underrated than overrated.”
this is important it’s late May, I quickly reviewed NFL Network’s top 100 lists in recent seasons. In 2013, there were 14 wide receivers in the top 80. In 2012, there were 12. In 2011, there were 14. So being No. 80 overall would seem to suggest that Garcon is in the top half of the NFL’s No. 1 receivers, which is pretty good.
On the other hand, Garcon led the NFL in receptions last season and was eighth in receiving yards and 11th in receiving yards per game. I guess that could argue he should be at least in the top 10 of wide receivers. (He fared considerably worse in Football Outsiders’s advanced receiving metrics.)
Anyhow, Garcon made the top 100 list for the first time, and got to hear kind words from his own locker room and elsewhere.
“He’s such a fast guy,” Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin said of Garcon during the program. “Just being as big as he is and being as physical as he is, those are the tools that you need to be an elite receiver.”
“When he gets on the field he flips a switch and he’s an animal,” Redskins running back Alfred Morris said. “He jaws at everybody, like I’m here all day, whatchu gonna do. A lot of times he can run the same route over and over, and the defense knows it’s coming, and he still wins. … He’s a beast. If you just watched him on film, he’s a monster. He gets after it in the blocking, he gets after it in the receiving. He’ll get up, spin [the ball], talk crap and get back in the huddle and do it all over again.”