3. Terry McLaurin destroys James Bradberry
We wrote leading up to the game that Terry McLaurin would have to get the better of James Bradberry if Washington was going to enjoy any success through the air. Facing all that pressure, McLaurin delivered the goods.
For the game, McLaurin hauled in a career-high 11 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, his first of the season. While Bradberry didn’t shadow McLaurin on every route, they were lined up against each other on most plays.
In fact, McLaurin was followed by Bradberry 83% of the time on Thursday night, catching five of his seven targets for 47 yards and a touchdown against the Giants cornerback. Yes, Bradberry picked off a pass intended for McLaurin, but that can be attributed to a miscommunication more than a poor route/throw.
The craziest part of McLaurin dominating Bradberry was that he found little success against him in the past. In their last three matchups, Bradberry limited the 2019 second-rounder to two catches for 16 yards and an INT.
That’s the good stuff.
Though less than half of his receptions for the game came when he was lined up against Bradberry, Heinicke was looking his way the entire fourth quarter. Washington doesn’t win that game without McLaurin. Plain and simple.