Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
1 month ago

Garcon (neck) has been healthy all spring, giving him plenty of time to build chemistry with Jimmy Garoppolo, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official website reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcon suffered a non-displaced neck fracture Week 8 last season and missed the rest of the campaign. Marquise Goodwin (back) took advantage of the opportunity to emerge as San Francisco's No. 1 receiver, earning a three-year, $19.25 million extension in March. The 31-year-old Garcon is still locked in as the other starter, and it won't come as any surprise if he ends up leading the team in targets. He drew 67 in eight games last season, with Goodwin seeing 46 over the same stretch.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
4 months ago

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan expects Garcon (neck) to come back healthy, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

There hasn't been any substantiative information on Garcon since early January, when it was reported that he'd likely be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program April 16. It seems the expectation remains the same, with Garcon believed to be on track for a full recovery from the season-ending neck injury he suffered Week 8. He'll likely regain his role as the 49ers' top target on short and intermediate throws, while Marquise Goodwin figures to serve as the field-stretcher for Jimmy Garoppolo. The Niners haven't signed any wideouts through the first three weeks of free agency, though their rumored interest in Allen Robinson suggests they'd ideally like to add more talent. A towering rookie would make a lot of sense, considering Garcon, Goodwin, Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne are all 6-foot-1 or shorter. Shanahan did say he won't overemphasize the importance of height, noting that good receivers "come in all shapes and sizes".

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
6 months ago

Garcon (neck) is expected to be ready for the start of the 49ers' offseason program in mid-April, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite having underwhelming quarterbacks in Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard throwing to him in the first half of the season, Garcon was easily the team's most productive wideout with 40 catches for 500 yards through eight games before hitting injured reserve with a non-displaced neck fracture. Since he only needed eight weeks to recover from the injury, Garcon should enter 2018 with no health concerns and an even brighter fantasy outlook. The San Francisco offense blossomed after Jimmy Garoppolo stepped in as the team's starting quarterback for the final five games, raising the fantasy ceilings of all the team's pass catchers heading into the upcoming campaign. Look for Garcon to reclaim a starting role at wideout opposite Marquise Goodwin (concussion), who racked up 29 catches for 384 yards as the 49ers' No. 1 receiver in Garoppolo's starts.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago

The 49ers placed Garcon (neck) on injured reserve Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

San Francisco general manager John Lynch revealed earlier this week that Garcon would be shut down for the season with the neck injury, but the 49ers waited a couple of days before making the IR move official. The loss of Garcon, who paced all 49ers pass catchers with 40 receptions and 500 receiving yards, should open up more targets for the team's complementary receivers, with the likes of Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson all perhaps in line to see their volume in the passing game increase.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago2 Comments

According to general manager John Lynch, Garcon (neck) is being placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcon's neck injury was not originally believed to be serious and he expected to suit up Week 9 against the Cardinals. Apparently the situation is not nearly that simple. Garcon's 67 targets on the year are 21 more than any other 49ers pass catcher and his absence leaves a major hole in the team's offense. Marquise Goodwin, Trent Taylor and Aldrick Robinson can all expect to be more involved through the air going forward, but it wouldn't be surprising to see San Francisco sign a free agent wide receiver, especially since the trade deadline has now passed. Garcon will end the season with 40 receptions for 500 yards and no scores to his name.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago1 Comment

Garcon (neck) isn't practicing Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcon injured his neck late in the second quarter of Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Eagles and never made it back into the game. He said afterward that he expects to be okay for Week 9 against the Cardinals, but his absence from Wednesday's practice casts doubt upon that statement. The winless 49ers have little incentive to rush Garcon back into action, as his five-year contract suggests he's a part of the team's long-term plan despite his advanced age (31) by NFL standards. The Niners may have found another piece to that puzzle Tuesday when they acquired Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots in exchange for a second-round pick. While head coach Kyle Shanahan preached patience after the acquisition, Garoppolo nonetheless figures to make starts before the end of the year, and he'll likely be an upgrade on C.J. Beathard.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago

Garcon (neck) said he expects to play in Week 9 against the Cardinals, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Garcon was deemed questionable to return after exiting late in the second quarter of Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Eagles. He never made it back into the game, finishing with season-low marks for catches (two), yards (17) and targets (four). While his postgame comments suggest the injury isn't too serious, Garcon didn't actually offer any specifics. Aldrick Robinson likely would pick up most of the vacated snaps if the 31-year-old wideout were to miss any time. Should he avoid a Week 9 absence, Garcon likely would draw shadow coverage from Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago

Garcon is questionable to return to Sunday's game in Philadelphia due to a neck injury.

EDGE Analysis

Prior to his second-half departure, Garcon recorded two catches for 17 yards while seeing the last of his four targets at the 9:39 mark of the third quarter. The 49ers may hold him out for the rest of the contest as a precaution, but even if they don't, someone within the organization will surely clarify the status of its No. 1 wide receiver in due time.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago

Garcon gained 39 yards on five receptions (seven targets) in Sunday's 40-10 loss to Dallas.

EDGE Analysis

The 49ers fell behind 14-0 just four minutes into this one, but they still only managed 235 yards through the air despite having 38 pass attempts. A switch at quarterback hasn't resulted in improved passing numbers yet, leaving Garcon with another pedestrian outing as well as another week without a touchdown. The veteran is averaging 9.0 targets and 5.4 receptions through seven games, so he should stay relevant in PPR formats. That said, Garcon's middle-of-the-road yardage outputs and lack of redzone looks makes him a fringe option in standard leagues next week against Philadelphia.

Pierre Garcon
WR SF (11)
9 months ago

Garcon hauled in five of the 12 passes thrown his way for 55 yards in Sunday's 26-24 loss to Washington.

EDGE Analysis

Garcon was heavily targeted in this one, getting four more looks than the next highest receiver. While his final stat line left much to be desired from a fantasy perspective, the veteran's heavy usage is a positive sign for his fantasy owners, especially those in PPR formats. The 49ers officially promoted rookie signal caller, C.J. Beathard, to a starting role midway through the second quarter, and the offense received the spark it needed to get back into the contest. It may not be a coincidence that Garcon saw all of his positive production following the quarterback change after failing to connect once with Brian Hoyer. Expect the 31-year-old to finish near the top in team targets next week against the Cowboy's 23rd-ranked pass defense (250.4 passing yards per game).