Terry McLaurin named to PFWA’s All-Rookie Team for 2019

The Washington Redskins saw one player make the cut for the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. It was wide receiver Terry McLaurin.

The 2019 NFL Draft was a fairly solid one for the Washington Redskins. The team saw several players emerge as contributors as the season went along.

First-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins flashed signs of improvement after a rough start to the year. Late first-round pick Montez Sweat racked up 7.5 sacks and really started to hit his stride at the end of the year. And even seventh-round corner Jimmy Moreland was able to find a role with the squad.

But the best rookie performer on the team was Terry McLaurin. The third-round rookie and dynamic route runner emerged immediately as a weapon for the team and looks like a true No. 1 receiver at the NFL level.

And after a strong rookie season, McLaurin is getting the respect he deserves.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that McLaurin was one of two players named to the Pro Football Writes of America’s All-Rookie Team. He and Tennessee Titans receiver, A.J. Brown, got the nods for the two spots.

This is an impressive and well-deserved honor for McLaurin. In a class of receivers that saw many emerge as productive weapons off the bat, McLaurin managed to outpace the higher-regarded options that went ahead of him.

McLaurin. finished the year with 58 catches for 919 yards and seven touchdowns despite playing for a Washington team that had an unsettled quarterback situation for most of the season. He should be even better in 2020 if Haskins can improve and the duo can rekindle the success they had at Ohio State.

As for Brown, he caught 52 passes for 1,048 yards and eight scores while adding 60 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He averaged a whopping 20.2 yards per catch and really took off after Ryan Tannehill was named the starter in Tennessee. And Brown’s efforts have helped the Titans get to the AFC title game as an underdog six seed.

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It’s nice to see that McLaurin and Brown both got the nod as they emerged as the most consistently productive rookie receivers. The Redskins must be happy that McLaurin is getting some recognition and his rookie season is another feather in the cap of the recently promoted Kyle Smith.