Redskins studs and duds from Week 13 win over Carolina
By Ian Cummings
Dud No. 2 – Redskins WR Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin has had an outstanding rookie season for the Redskins, and it’s clear that he’s the team’s No. 1 receiver moving forward. As good as he’s been, however, it’s been peculiar how out-of-sync with Dwayne Haskins he’s looked, and on Sunday, that disconnect continued.
It was thought by many that Haskins and McLaurin would continue where they left off in college at Ohio State, but against the Panthers, McLaurin was largely quiet. He finished the game with two catches for a measly eight yards, and one on-target pass from Haskins, which would have resulted in a big gain, ended up falling right through McLaurin’s fingers.
McLaurin didn’t need to be the team’s best offensive player in Week 13, and Panthers cornerback James Bradberry didn’t make it easy on him. But McLaurin will be motivated to rebound from this down day, and given what we’ve seen from him, in terms of his work ethic and professionalism, that shouldn’t be a concern.
That said, McLaurin will have another tough test against the Green Bay Packers. He’ll likely match up against Jaire Alexander, who’s a borderline elite young cornerback in his own right. If McLaurin can bounce back against Alexander, it could catalyze a late-season re-emergence.