WASHINGTON — With offseason team workouts in the rear-view mirror and training camp still a month away, the NFL has entered the season of social media.
It’s a period when players generally have too much time on their hands, leading to posts about one of six things:
3. Philosophy/Facts of life:
5. Foreign places (or something):
Washington Redskins wideout Pierre Garçon falls into the sixth category, using this offseason to fine-tune his speed and agility, which few players could match beforehand.
Since arriving in the NFL, he has consistently ranked among the league’s best in yards after reception, offering the dual-threat of being able to beat jams and go deep, or sit back and run wild on screen passes.
When he wasn’t moonlighting as a pizza mogul in mid-May, he posted slow-motion evidence of his ability to cut 180 degrees on a dime. Style points for wearing sneakers and a Superman tee shirt, wishing his mom a happy Mother’s Day, no less:
After a 2014 season in which his production dipped sharply from the year before (68 vs. 113 receptions, 752 vs. 1,346 yards, three vs. five touchdowns), it’s good to see Garçon working overtime this offseason. With DeSean Jackson taking the top off of opposing defenses, Garçon will have plenty of opportunities underneath.
Improved agility could make that a very productive place to be.
As head coach Jay Gruden’s offense comes into focus in year two, look for a savvy veteran like Garçon to carve out his role.