Through one quarter of football in Atlanta, it looked like it was gonna be on of “those” games for the Washington Football Team. The offense looked out of sync and the defense was getting carved open by Matt Ryan.
Thank heavens for Taylor Heinicke and Terry McLaurin, though, because they snatched all the wind from the Falcons’ sails on one play in the second quarter.
With Washington trailing 10-0 and desperate to put points on the scoreboard, Heinicke connected with McLaurin for a 33-yard touchdown. McLaurin cooked a pair of defenders on a go route and Heinicke hit him in stride for six.
Credit to McLaurin for maintaining his concentration to complete the catch while the Falcons’ DB came flying in to try and deflect the pass.
Terry McLaurin joined elite WR company with his dominant first half vs the Falcons on Sunday.
There aren’t enough words in the English dictionary to describe McLaurin’s importance to Washington’s offense. What do we know, however, is that he’s going to get a MONSTER contract from the franchise when the time comes.
McLaurin is simply as consistent as they come at the wide receiver position, though he won’t garner the same national recognition as the likes of Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs.
How reliable has McLaurin been for Washington? Well, he just moved into sole possession of fourth place on the NFL’s all-time list for receivers who’ve registered 60 or more receiving yards in the first 33 games of their career.
The other wideouts on that list? Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, and Michael Thomas, each of whom did it 23 times.
That’s ELITE company right there, and it further proves that McLaurin deserves to be mentioned right alongside them as the best WRs in the game.
Antonio Gibson put Washington in front with a touchdown run late in the second quarter, but they’ll need more from McLaurin through the air in the second half after Atlanta reclaimed the lead in the form of (another) Cordarrelle Patterson TD.
We’d say McLaurin has met his NFL history quota for one day, but anything is possible with the 26-year-old superstar.