Ranking the top 3 plays of Terry McLaurin’s Commanders career
By Jerry Trotta
Not even the Washington Commanders would admit they believed Terry McLaurin would be this good when they drafted him in the third round back in 2019. In Pro Football Focus’ latest re-draft, the former Ohio State stud went No. 7 overall, so that paints a clear picture in terms of how big of a steal he was.
Just three years into his career, McLaurin has already established himself as one of the league’s premier receivers. He’d likely get more national recognition if he didn’t play in Washington, but that can also be attributed to poor quarterback play.
The hope is Carson Wentz will change that narrative and help McLaurin produce more highlight-reel plays. If nothing else, McLaurin needs more volume and touches as there were far too many games last year where he was a non-factor.
Fresh off signing a three-year, $71 million extension that makes him one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, McLaurin will treat Commanders fans to more contested catches and grabs that defy gravity and physics through 2025.
To celebrate the big news, let’s revisit some of the best plays of McLaurin’s Washington career thus far. We’d be here all day if we plucked every Terry highlight from the archives, so let’s pick the best one from each of his three seasons.
The top 3 plays from Terry Mclaurin’s Commanders career
3. Impossible catch vs the Chargers (2021)
This reception might be the most impressive in McLaurin’s catalog, and that’s saying something. Though it came in a losing effort against the Chargers in Week 1 of last season, McLaurin twisted his body and hauled in a pass from Taylor Heinicke that still doesn’t make sense after rewatching it hundreds of times.
From exemplary body control, ball-tracking and hand-eye coordination and (somehow) not getting distracted from the incoming Chargers defensive back, who missed making an interception by mere inches, McLaurin’s full bag of tricks were on display here. Did we mention he got held earlier in the route?
What was that we said about Terry defying physics and gravity? After rewatching the highlight again, we’re unsure why Heinicke didn’t just hit McLaurin with a hard throw to his back shoulder near the sideline, but the incumbent starter understood the assignment: just throw it up there and McLaurin will come down with it. You’d be hard-pressed to name another receiver in the NFL who makes this grab.
Take a bow, Terry. Catch of the Year.