Washington football: Six essential players the team can least afford to lose
By Jonathan Eig
No. 1 – WR Terry McLaurin
On most teams, Chase Young — a potentially dominant pass rusher — would be more essential than McLaurin – a No. 1 receiver. But as we have seen, Washington is not like most teams. Were Young to go down, his replacement would likely be Ryan Kerrigan, one of the most consistent pass rushers in the league over the past decade. If Terry McLaurin goes down, his replacement would be… well, let me know when you figure that one out.
The Washington football team simply doesn’t have another receiver who can run the patterns that McLaurin can run. He has the speed to get deep, the strength and agility to beat press coverage off the line, and the route-running to elude both man and zone coverage. He obviously has rapport with his college teammate Haskins. He showed time and again in his rookie year that he could develop into one of the best receivers in the league.
With the season-ending injury to Kelvin Harmon, the Redskins have a locker room full of question marks at receiver. McLaurin accounted for 919 yards receiving last year. All of the other receivers currently on the roster accounted for 835 yards. Combined. That’s how important Scary Terry is for Washington in 2020.