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Terry McLaurin continues to fuel his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, scores two TDs vs. Miami

Terry McLaurin continues to fuel his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, scores two TDs vs. Miami

The play of Redskins rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been without a doubt the best storyline of an otherwise disappointing season in Washington.

He's already made NFL history, becoming the first rookie wide receiver to score a touchdown and record at least five receptions in his first three NFL games. On Sunday, McLaurin continued to build on his already impressive rookie season, finding the end zone twice against the Dolphins.

In the second quarter with the score still tied at zero, McLaurin ran a gorgeous route, faking a deep post before cutting back to the left corner of the end zone. Quarterback Case Keenum found No. 17 perfectly in stride, as the rookie hauled in his fourth touchdown of the season to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead.

On his second touchdown, the rookie was lined up in the slot with Miami playing zone coverage. McLaurin beat the initial Dolphins cornerback off the line, and Keenum found the opening in the zone along the left sideline for an easy, wide-open touchdown. 

After initially celebrating with his teammates, the rookie had a special treat for someone in the stands. McLaurin walked over to the front row of the Hard Rock Stadium and gave one young Redskins fan a moment he will never forget.

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In five games, McLaurin has five touchdowns, 408 yards, and 23 receptions. And counting. 

While the Redskins won't be making any noise in the playoffs, the Ohio State product is certainly making his case for the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

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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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