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Redskins reportedly sign Cowboys defensive lineman Terrell McClain

Redskins reportedly sign Cowboys defensive lineman Terrell McClain

The Redskins desperately need help along the defensive line. Only two interior players remain under contract for 2017 in Ricky-Jean François and Matt Ioanidis. 

While the team had mostly been watching their own free agents leave to join other teams, finally, a report emerged of the 'Skins bringing somebody in.

McClain had a solid year in 2016, but looking back over his career, injuries are repeatedly an issue.

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Drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, McClain played 12 games as a rookie before landing on the injured reserve. He missed the bulk of the 2012 season, playing three games with New England and one game with Houston. In 2013, he signed with Houston and played a full 16-game season. That year, 2013, would be the only complete 16-game season of his career.

In 2014, he signed with the Cowboys. A high ankle sprain in training camp limited his early season momentum, though he played in 13 games that year as a reserve. The 2015 season saw McClain go back on injured reserve, and he played just two games that year.

Finally, in 2016, McClain had his breakout year. He started 15 games for Dallas, logged 39 tackles to go with 2.5 sacks. 

Assuming he can stay healthy, which is a big assumption, McClain can help the Redskins in the defensive trenches. At 300 lbs, he might be best suited for a defensive tackle role in the 4-3 scheme, as he might not have quite the size to play nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme that Washington runs. 

McClain has talent, certainly, and can help the Redskins up front. Teams need talent, while health can be near impossible to predict. 

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Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Redskins Talk live from Miami for Super Bowl week: How to watch, live stream, listen

Before the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers play for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, the Redskins Talk crew will break down the Redskins and happenings around the NFL.

JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler will welcome special guests everyday from Tuesday to Friday, live from Radio Row in Miami.

The Redskins are in the midst of a busy time, ushering in a new era under the direction of newly minted head coach Ron Rivera. With the NFL Combine, free agency and the draft right around the corner, Redskins Talk has your fix with analysis, discussion and high-profile guests. 

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Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins' wide receiver Terry McLaurin planned NFL future in 2005 letter

Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin just finished his rookie season in the NFL and ranked among the best first-year pass catchers across the league in 2019. Among rookies, the Ohio State product ranked second in receptions with 59, second in receiving yards with 919 and tied for third in touchdowns with seven — all in 14 games.

That kind of production from a third-round pick may have surprised some. But for McLaurin, this was always the plan.

On Friday, McLaurin took to his Instagram story to post a letter he wrote in 2005 — when he was 10 years old — where he proclaimed his aspirations to be an NFL wide receiver.

“I really want to be a wide [receiver] and a starter,” McLaurin wrote in the letter titled ‘My Future.’ “I will play hard every game.”

McLaurin officially achieved his goal of becoming a professional wide receiver when the Redskins made him their third-round pick last April. He didn’t waste any time accomplishing the second part of his dream, cracking the starting lineup in the first game of the season against the Eagles.

In his letter, McLaurin also discussed the possibility of playing running back in the NFL. In his senior year of high school, the 2013 Indiana Mr. Football was an all-around weapon. He posted 14 total touchdowns, recorded 58 catches for 953 yards receiving and rushed for an additional 744 yards.

Ultimately, McLaurin settled into the receiver position in college when he joined the Buckeyes program. His best season came in his senior year, when he was paired with Dwayne Haskins, and caught 35 passes for 701 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Low productivity in college — just 75 career receptions — may have caused McLaurin’s fall to the third round. But now, he’s making up for it and was one of the steals of the draft.

If McLaurin’s standout numbers continue, he should have no problem accomplishing a couple other goals he laid out in the letter.

“Make lots of money and live in a big house,” a young McLaurin wrote.

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