SANTA CLARA — Pierre Garcon holds up his left hand and spreads his fingers as wide as they go. “I wish I had bigger hands,” he says. “They’re bigger than yours, but I wouldn’t say they’re considered big.”
They’re big. From thumb to pinky, Garcon’s hands are nine-and-a-half inches long. They almost never drop a pass. “It’s nothing complicated,” he says in the 49ers locker room. “I practice at it and I’ve done it millions and millions of times over and over. I’ve seen the ball, I know where it’s going, I put my hands on it, I know when to squeeze and when to rip it away and put it somewhere I can hold onto it.”
Garcon has held onto 33 passes through six games as a 49er. He’s on pace to catch 88 passes this season, which would be the most by a 49ers player since Terrell Owens caught 100 passes in 2002.
What makes Garcon a special receiver? Is it the hands?
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