McLaurin tops 1,000 receiving yards for second straight season


Terry McLaurin continues to rewrite the Washington Football Team history books.

On Washington's opening drive against the New York Giants on Sunday, McLaurin hauled in two catches for gains of 11 and 30 yards, respectively. Those two catches officially put McLaurin over the 1,000-yard mark for the 2021 season, marking the second straight year No. 17 has accomplished that feat.

McLaurin is just the fifth receiver in Washington history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, joining Bobby Mitchell, Art Monk, Gary Clark and Henry Ellard. He's the first player to accomplish the feat in nearly a quarter of a century, too -- Ellard was the last one to record back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns for the Burgundy and Gold when he did so in three straight seasons from 1994-96.

McLaurin's receptions and yards are both down from 2020, but it's largely not a reflection of his own play. Washington's quarterback play has been inconsistent this season, and there was a stretch toward the end of the 2021 campaign where McLaurin was simply not being used enough.

Washington has made an effort to get the ball in McLaurin's hands the past two weeks, highlighted by seven catches last week against Philadelphia. McLaurin has made the most of his chances, too, and has learned this season to focus on only what he can control.

"The No. 1 thing from that I've learned is you can't compare your situation to other people's situations," McLaurin said this past Sunday. "When you do that, it kind of takes away from your journey and your process. I've really learned to just control what I can and be present in my moment and just be ready for my opportunities."