Stud: Terry McLaurin
We are quickly running out of words to describe Terry McLaurin. If you don’t view the 26-year-old as an upper-echelon WR (top five, anybody?), then you simply aren’t watching enough Washington football. We wouldn’t exactly advocate for that right now, but he’s consistently dominating against double teams and bracket coverage.
Sunday was just another day at the office for McLaurin, who finished with six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
He’s a superstar. Plain and simple.
Dud: William Jackson III
Like his running mate Kendall Fuller, William Jackson has earned himself a weekly spot on the wrong side of this list. The $42 million cornerback has now committed a pass interference in all four games this season.
This long completion to Calvin Ridley in the second half was especially concerning, as Jackson grabbed (or mauled) the Falcons receiver and turned WAY too late to try and locate the ball. Despite all the contact, Ridley still came down with the catch and refs were quick to throw their flags.
We’d love to know what the deal is with Jackson, because he’s giving up big plays and penalties at an alarming rate through four weeks.
Dud: The refs
It wouldn’t be a Washington game without a little controversy from the fellas in black and white, right?
On a key fourth down, Chase Young got called for roughing the passer on a play where he barely made contact with Matt Ryan. Speaking of which, Ryan’s knee appeared to be down on the play, so Young should’ve been credited with a sack.
While Young could’ve made a better tackle attempt, it’s likely he restrained himself from making a big hit to avoid getting penalized. Young merely ran by the Falcons quarterback and threw a forearm to his shoulder pad, NOT his head.
Say hello to your latest worst call of the year contender.