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This stat shows how good Terry McLaurin, and how bad the Redskins offense, has been

This stat shows how good Terry McLaurin, and how bad the Redskins offense, has been

In what's been an abysmal year for the Redskins offense, Terry McLaurin has been one of the few bright spots. 

Through nine games of his rookie campaign, the third-round pick has 32 receptions for 497 yards and five touchdowns. At times, it's looked like he's been the only option on offense.

As it turns out, that has actually pretty much been the case.

That's a pretty crazy statistic. "Scary Terry" trails only a legitimate MVP candidate in the number of points being produced by one player on offense. While incredibly impressive, the number has its positives and negatives.

On the bright side, the Redskins have found a stud receiver. The Ohio State product is tied for the rookie lead in receptions and touchdowns, and trails only D.K. Metcalf in yards. That type of production from a rookie pass-catcher, who hasn't had a consistent option at quarterback, means the sky is the limit for McLaurin.

Well, that's all great, but the stat also shows just how poor the Redskins offense has been in 2019, especially as of late. McLaurin accounts for 45.5 percent of the Redskins' scores, but he hasn't found the endzone since Week 6 and has a modest five scores. McCaffery is ahead of him in percentage, but he has 13 touchdowns on the year. If 45 percent of the offensive scoring through nine games is just five touchdowns, things aren't exactly going right.

So while it's great that the rookie is showing his worth, the number also demonstrates Washington's inability to put points on the scoreboard. That's become evident in recent contests, as the Redskins haven't scored a touchdown in three games.

McLaurin being a major part of the offense is great for Washington, a team that has desperately craved a dependable option at receiver. But for that stat to look a little better, the Redskins will need to be more consistent on offense. 

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    After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

    After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

    The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

    In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

    He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

    Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

    If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

    Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

    Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

    If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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    Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

    Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

    The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

    But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

    The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

    It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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