1. Terry McLaurin is different
There have been few players in the Dan Snyder era that could be described as “different.” Someone that sets himself apart from the rest and is clearly one of the best at his job in the entire league. Terry McLaurin fits that bill. McLaurin had 6 catches for 113 yards on the day in his return home to Indy.
None other were bigger than his final catch where he snatched the ball away from Stephon Gilmore at the 1-yard line, to set the Commanders up in prime business to win the football game. A play later, Taylor Heinicke snuck it in for the game-winning touchdown.
Today showed why the Commanders inked McLaurin to the 3-year, $71M extension in July. He is a difference maker for the team, and flat out may be the team’s best player. McLaurin totaled 8 targets on the day for the second week in a row, just one shy of his season-high in Week 3 against the Eagles.
Many of those targets against the Eagles came in garbage time though, so this is the most consistent target 17 has received all year. On a few occasions, one would like to see McLaurin’s targets creep up over double digits. Because he is simply that good. He has ranked top-five amongst all wide receivers at beating man coverage, according to Reception Perception.
Terry McLaurin is consistently open and has started to win after the catch too while continuing to be one of the best in the NFL in contested catch situations. Terry McLaurin is a complete player and should be the focal point of the Commanders’ offense on a weekly basis.
Despite having no consistency from the person he is receiving the passes from, McLaurin continues to produce at a high level. He is one of the most uncoverable players in the entire NFL.