Washington Football Team: Studs and duds from humbling Week 3 loss

Bills QB Josh Allen (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
Bills QB Josh Allen (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Washington WR Terry McLaurin (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images) /

Stud: Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin qualifies as our last stud from the game, which speaks volumes given he didn’t have a huge impact. The star wideout managed just four receptions and 62 yards, but he deserves credit for making things happen in a game where Buffalo clearly planned to minimize his impact as much as possible.

McLaurin also made a gorgeous-looking tackle on one of Heinicke’s interceptions. Perhaps he should get some reps at LB.

Dud: Kendall Fuller

Throw Kendall Fuller into the mix of “star” players who fall into the dud category for the second week in a row. After Sterling Shepard stole his lunch money in Week 2, Fuller had zero answers for Josh Allen and Buffalo’s WR corps.

According to PFF, Fuller allowed eight receptions for 104 yards. That’s inexcusable for a player who’s supposed to be Washington’s No. 1 cornerback. He’s been a liability this season, and that’s putting it lightly. If you remember, Keenan Allen got the better of him in the Week 1 loss to the Chargers.

We’re not sure what’s going on with Fuller, but the memories of him being one of the most dominant slot CBs in the league are fading fast.

Dud: Jack Del Rio

We’ll keep this one short, because we’ve already highlighted how poor the defense was in Sunday’s defeat.

The bottom line is that Jack Del Rio’s seat is getting hotter with each passing week. The defense can’t get off the field on third down; there’s still far too many miscommunications in the secondary; and the vaunted pass rush has suddenly forgot how to get after the QB after it ranked sixth with 47 sacks a season ago.

Del Rio better find a solution — even a band-aid would suffice at this point — because he won’t be long for this job if the defense keeps this up.