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Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin has been without a doubt the best story in an otherwise lost season for the Redskins.

With just two games remaining this season, the rookie is just 93 yards from tying Gary Clark for the Burgundy and Gold's rookie receiving yards record. He's also just 177 receiving yards shy from 1,000, a feat that no Redskins wide receiver has accomplished since 2016 when both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon did it. 

Not bad for a third-rounder, right?

On the latest Redskins Talk Podcast, the crew compared the Redskins passing numbers from 2016 and 2019, and it makes what the rookie wide receiver is doing this season that much more special.

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Through 14 games in 2019, the Redskins have amassed just 2,348 passing yards, which is dead last in the NFL. McLaurin is responsible for 833 of them, which is 35 percent. The rookie is responsible for over one-third of the team's yards through the air. That's incredible.

At the same point in the season in 2016, former Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had thrown for 4,242 passing yards. That's almost 2,000 more passing yards than the current 2019 team. So yeah, not good. Jackson had 857 of them while Garcon totaled 851, which is good for about 20 percent of the 2016 Redskins passing offense.

Garcon finished 2016 with games of 94 and 96 receiving yards, respectively, to get over the 1,000-yard mark. Jackson finished with 134 yards in Week 16 to put him in striking distance of the mark, then a 34-yard performance in Week 17 just barely pushed him over the hump.

 

McLaurin will need to average 88.5 receiving yards over the Redskins final two games in order to get to that mark. This season, he's gone over that number just three times, but each one was a 100-plus yard outing. 

A big game against the Giants in Week 16 would significantly help McLaurin's chances, as New York pass defense is ranked 26th in the NFL. The Cowboys, Washington's Week 17 opponent, has been solid in coverage, allowing just over 220 passing yards per game, the NFL's eighth-best at such. 

It's not just the receiving yards, however. The Redskins have thrown just 14 passing touchdowns in 2019, but McLaurin has been on the receiving end of seven of them. Even when teams know McLaurin is one of Washington's few offensive threats, he's still able to produce. 

In 2016, when Garcon and Jackson each topped 1,000 yards, they COMBINED for seven touchdowns, the same as No. 17 has this season. McLaurin still has two more games to top that number.

There are multiple ways to look at it, but essentially, McLaurin is producing for the 2019 Redskins the same way that Jackson and Garcon did put together for the 2016 Redskins.  

It's been a rough campaign for the Burgundy and Gold this season, but there's no doubt the fan base is thrilled to have McLaurin for years to come.

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