Pierre Garcon is apparently a numbers guy.
Amid the debate about which free agent wide receiver the Washington Redskins would benefit most from retaining (monetary constraints pretty much negate the idea of keeping both Garcon and DeSean Jackson), Garcon uploaded a nifty bar graph to his Instagram account on Thursday, comparing his numbers to those of three other potential free agents.
The graphics, originally compiled by NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” show Garcon leading in yards, games, touchdowns and catches over Jackson, Alshon Jeffery of the Bears and Cleveland’s Terrelle Pryor, based on statistics from the past two seasons.
This graph shows yard totals in 2015 and 2016. Garcon had 1,818 yards, Jackson 1,533, Jeffery 1,628 yards and Pryor 1,049, although his inclusion is somewhat misleading since last season was his first full campaign as a wide receiver after transitioning from quarterback.
This next slide appears to be talking about games started. With no significant injuries, Garcon started all 32 over the course of last season. Jackson, meanwhile, who sustained a leg injury in the first week of the 2015 season, started just 24 games in the last two years, nine in 2015 and 15 in 2016.
The touchdown totals appear accurate in the graph with Garcon having scored 9, Jackson 8, Jeffery 6 and Pryor 4.
Garcon’s final Instagram graph shows his 151 catches over the past two seasons, compared to Jackson’s 86, Jeffery’s 106 and Pryor’s 78.
“I like how they keep saying I’m a #2 WR, a possession WR, when my #’s and play has shown otherwise,” Jackson said on his Twitter account. “Thanks @gmfb, maybe I need to dance more.”
About a month ago, Jackson complained of being labeled a “possession receiver,” especially in comparison to Jackson, who is known as a deep threat.
“I definitely want people to stop thinking that I’m a possession receiver because [the Redskins] gave me a job to do,” Garcon told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier in January. “That doesn’t mean I can’t go deep and I can’t run fast, because I ran fast and went deep this year more than I probably ever did. Every year is different from the play-calling, but I want people to stop thinking that I’m a slow guy, and I’m not slowing down any time soon. I think I’ve gotten better this year than I have in the previous years.”
It’s doubtful these graphs will affect how the team makes its final decision, and it’s always possible that the Redskins will choose not to keep Garcon or Jackson.
Asked whether bringing either player back was “necessary,” Coach Jon Gruden basically said no.
“Would never say necessary,” Gruden told reporters Thursday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. “I’d love to have them both back, I’d love to have one back. If we are unfortunate enough to lose them both, I’m not gonna blink.”