Commanders 2023 midseason awards and superlatives

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Commanders 2023 midseason awards: Offensive Player of the Year

  • Terry McLaurin - Wide Receiver

To avoid redundancy, we will go with a different Offensive Player of the Year. Despite a slow start to the season, wide receiver Terry McLaurin has picked it up over the last few weeks.

He has the 11th most receiving yards over the last three weeks and has continued to develop his relationship with second-year quarterback Sam Howell. Out of his 47 receptions on the year, more than 50 percent have resulted in first downs.

Not only is he the Washington Commanders' leading receiver, McLaurin is also one of its vocal leaders. The former third-round selection out of Ohio State is a player who will do his best to help others shine.

A prime example of this came against the New England Patriots in Week 9 on Brian Robinson Jr.'s touchdown run, McLaurin provided a key block, allowing the running back to get to the outside.

Yes, he has had uncharacteristic drops this year, but McLaurin is still the heart and soul of this receiving unit. Lest not forget that he is the only piece remaining from the 2019 NFL Draft class, which isn't exactly something to brag about all things considered.

If the Commanders are to seriously mount a potential wildcard push over the second half of 2023, they'll need McLaurin firing on all cylinders.