The Washington Football Team should see an improved offense in 2021 to complement their elite defense, and the continued development of No. 1 wide receiver Terry McLaurin is a big reason for that.
McLaurin roasted the Los Angeles Chargers’ stellar secondary in Sunday’s Week 1 matchup for a big gain, and may have made the catch of the year along the sidelines in the process. Seriously, check this out:
In only his third season out of Ohio State, McLaurin is emerging as one of the NFL’s premier wideouts, and you can see why all in this play.
The precision of McLaurin’s route-running allows him to beat the initial press coverage. His body control and balance is obvious not only on the catch itself, but also in how he maintains his balance while continuing to explode downfield.
Washington QB Taylor Heinicke made a decent throw, yet it wouldn’t have been caught if McLaurin didn’t do a contortionist routine and reach back to haul it in.
This Football Team-Chargers showdown was one of the toughest season-opening matchups to peg, as both franchises seem to be on the precipice of something special. Unfortunately, Washington’s starting signal-caller, Ryan Fitzpatrick, left with a hip injury earlier on, pressing Heinicke into duty.
We’ll see if the Football Team can find more stability under center in the coming weeks as Fitzpatrick’s status becomes clearer. If they can, they should be viewed as favorites in the NFC East, and McLaurin should only benefit.