Garcon and Collie would not flourish if developed in SF but both have talent. Peyton Manning is good but he only brings out the talent of his receivers. Over the years, Manning has not been able to get the lesser receivers to perform. They get shut down by defenses once their flaws appear on tape. He has been dependent upon Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark along with Marcus Pollard.
Case in point, the Colts are known for the use of two tight ends. It flourished with Marcus Pollard and Dallas Clark but since Pollard left the second TE has been anemic. This year defenses have been focusing on Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The second TE should have flourished since the Colts needed a third target. Gijon Robinson regressed from last year and had 3 catches, 62 yards. Peyton cannot make him productive, just as he couldn't make Ben Utecht before him.
The Colts have had many projects over the years at wide receiver that did not pan out. When Marvin Harrision had his injury problems in 2007, fifth year project Aaron Moorehead took his place -- five years of wasted roster space. He had 8 catches for 65 yards. Then there was Troy Walters, etc.
Both Austin Collie and especially Pierre Garcon were drafted as multi-year projects. Surprisingly, both have panned out quite quickly instead of the usual Colt routine of sparing use as WRs but with plenty of time on special teams until being tossed out.
Garcon and Collie are the real deals and should be productive for any team after being developed by Indianapolis if they ever leave the Colts due to salary cap issues.
And next year, it is likely that former first round pick Anthony Gonzalez coming back from IR will be the fourth receiver and should expect a quick exit from Indianapolis once his contract is up. He was meant as the replacement for Marvin Harrison.
And, in a sense, Pierre Garcon is a draft bust. He was not foreseen to be a good WR, just a project. He was drafted to return kicks but he turned out not to be very good at it. He lost his job last year after starting out the season as the main kick returner.
[ Edited by LivingInExile on Jan 26, 2010 at 4:15 PM ]