Commanders news: Ben Johnson, Martin Mayhew, Terry McLaurin and taking stock

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Commanders WR Terry McLaurin lauded

It was a season to forget for most Washington Commanders players. Very few met expectations. Even fewer exceeded them. But amid all the chaos en route to the No. 2 overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft, wide receiver Terry McLaurin remained a model of consistency.

While other established veterans within the locker room made no secret of their frustrations, McLaurin was professional and motivational in equal measure. Things didn't go his way all the time, but the former third-round selection out of Ohio State kept striving to help the team in extremely difficult circumstances.

This eventually came with McLaurin confirming yet another 1,000-yard receiving season. It also saw him named as the Commanders' most valuable player for the 2023 campaign by Tyler Sullivan from CBS Sports.

"Is there a more underrated wide receiver in the NFL than Terry McLaurin? The fifth-year veteran continues to produce with less than ideal quarterback play and 2023 was no exception. But those numbers don't even do justice to McLaurin's impact on the offense. That said, with another thousand-yard season, McLaurin became the first player in franchise history to cross that threshold in four straight years."

Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports

Adam Peters stated during his introductory presser that the Commanders have a few core foundational pieces to build around. McLaurin is one beyond all doubt. What moves are made to help the ultra-consistent wideout this offseason will be crucial.