4 Commanders on the hot seat entering Week 13 vs. Dolphins

Terry McLaurin
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Terry McLaurin - Commanders WR

Being on the hot seat can mean players are fighting for their future or needing a performance of the highest caliber. Veteran wide receiver Terry McLaurin falls into the latter this weekend against the Miami Dolphins.

McLaurin's had a down year by his usual high standards. The former third-round selection could reach 1,000 receiving yards once again, but he's been below par and some fans are criticizing his usage in the passing game by Eric Bieniemy.

The Washington Commanders need to rely on their established performers in this one. McLaurin will be lining up against the prolific cornerback tandem of Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard constantly - two defensive backs that can shut down opposing wide receivers and create turnovers when opportunities arise.

This is a stiff task awaiting McLaurin. He needs to put his exceptional route running to good use, recognize soft coverages, and maximize every target that comes his way.

That won't be easy going against such accomplished players, but it's integral for the Commanders' chances to move the football downfield effectively. Especially if Washington is forced into a shootout at FedEx Field.

McLaurin might not be entering the stratosphere many anticipated before the campaign. However, a strong showing versus Ramsey and Howard would remind everyone just how special he can be when firing on all cylinders.