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Getting 1,000 yards didn't matter to McLaurin, but these things do

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Terry McLaurin is now officially a 1,000-yard receiver in the NFL, as he crossed that threshold in last Sunday's game against the 49ers. On Thursday, Washington's star was asked to describe how he feels about that accomplishment.

There wasn't much of a description.

"It felt good," he said. "Felt better to win, so I didn't really make a big deal out of it."

A few minutes after that response, McLaurin was asked to lay out what would represent a big deal to him, since reaching a milestone that all pass catchers are universally measured by didn't seem to excite him much. That was a topic No. 17 was more willing to expand on.

"Continue to win," he said to lead off. "Getting further than a lot of people maybe anticipated."

"Continue to be that leader that my team sees me as and develop that part, that type of person and player that I am," he then added. 

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"Just continue to try and make plays, plays that do come to me," he concluded with. "Those 50-50 balls, I've got to try and continue to make those few opportunities count. I don't know how many opportunities I'm going to get each and every game, so I'm just really trying to focus on — I can't let any of those slip."

Why is McLaurin a unanimous captain in just his second season? Why is McLaurin already one of the league's most reliable wideouts despite dealing with less-than-ideal QB play on a weekly basis? Why is McLaurin, along with Chase Young, viewed as a pillar for Ron Rivera to rebuild Washington on?


Those quotes above act as an answer to all of those questions.  

As already discussed on this website about a month ago, even as McLaurin routinely produces on weekends and displays remarkable character, well, all the time, those traits shouldn't be taken for granted. At a position that's typically associated with difficult personalities and a preoccupation with numbers, McLaurin's solely worried about the more wide-reaching objectives.

"I don't really put an emphasis on stats," he said. "I put more emphasis on the impact I try to have on my team, whether it's the blocking or it's the receiving or it's the leadership. There's a lot of ways you can impact a game and impact a team. As long as we're winning, I don't really care about anything else."

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