Since breaking into the league two years ago, Terry McLaurin has been a revelation. He led all 2019 rookies in receptions as a third-round pick out of Ohio State. During a stellar sophomore campaign, he then placed in the top 20 of all receivers in catches and yards.
The fact that he has already caught passes from six different quarterbacks in Washington makes his seamless transition to the NFL more impressive (seven, if you count converted QB Logan Thomas).
Richard Sherman believes that if he just had a solid running mate at the receiver, McLaurin would be even better.
“If he had anybody else beside him and they couldn’t just double him and cloud him all the time he’d be special, but that’s the hard thing, they can’t find anybody else,” the 49ers cornerback said on the Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman, per 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. “They’ve got a bunch of guys who kind of flash, but he plays hard. …
“He’s one of the better up-and-coming wideouts in the league.”
McLaurin, who in Year 2 registered 87 catches for 1,118 yards, also has a fan in Brandon Staley, the new Chargers coach. Prior to a Week 5 meeting last season, the former Rams defensive coordinator said he prepared a cutup of McLaurin to challenge cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
“(He’s) way faster than you think,” Staley said. “Really good after the catch, and then, I was like, guys, he runs hard, he’s not like some of these other ones that kind of float, and drift. I’m like, he’s running, and I think that guy is really good.”
Last year, McLaurin had no particularly notable performances against either the 49ers or Rams, but that’s more to the point of Sherman and Staley. Last season, Washington had two other players catch 70 passes, but no tight end Thomas (9.3) or running back J.D. McKissic (7.4) stretched the pitch. Cam Sims, who had 32 receptions, was WFT’s next leading wide receiver.
Despite his supporting cast, McLaurin is proving to be great. He might be really scary with upgrades at quarterback and wideout.