Amidst a disappointing 3-13 season where a coach and team president were fired, Terry McLaurin shined through as one of the few bright spots for the Washington Football Team in 2019.
McLaurin is a good route runner with solid hands and has elite speed, which is part of the reason why NFL Network's Brian Baldinger loves him.
"I'm a big fan of Terry McLaurin," Baldinger told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "I think that he's got instant gas, there wasn't a corner that he couldn't get behind last year. If he had stayed healthy or the quarterback position was better, he would've been the best rookie receiver that I saw last year. He was up there with Deebo [Samuel], AJ [Brown], it was a good class of receivers."
McLaurin caught 58 passes for 919 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, averaging nearly 16 yards per reception. He was second among rookie receivers in yards only to AJ Brown and did it with three different starting quarterbacks throughout the year. A lack of stability at quarterback is a tough challenge to overcome for any receiver, let alone a rookie.
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Now, with a more stable quarterback situation -- health permitting -- and a full season under his belt, McLaurin has a chance to become one of the better receivers in the NFC East.
The challenge will come from the fact that he's not going to be surprising anyone in 2020. Opposing defensive coordinators will work to stop him specifically, especially with the lack of experience Washington has at their other receiver spots.
Still, the "instant gas" McLaurin has will make him difficult to contain regardless of other team's gameplans. Speed kills in the NFL, and McLaurin has plenty of it.