Game tape vs. Cowboys shows Terry McLaurin is a 'special player'


Call this story a continuation of a theme: Another week, another opportunity to gush over how good of a receiver Terry McLaurin has become.

Last year the Washington Football Team drafted McLaurin with the 76th overall pick and while his talent didn’t truly leap off the screen at Ohio State, it sure does at the NFL level.

While Antonio Gibson (the 66th overall pick from this year’s draft) got a lot of the shine for his three-touchdown Thanksgiving performance vs. the Dallas Cowboys, McLaurin is getting tons of praise for his game.

“In the second half, they were determined to start feeding Terry because he’s just that good,” NFL analyst Brian Baldinger said.

“Everything McLaurin does is: technically sound, full speed, effort, never beating his chest about me, all about team,” Baldinger added.

McLaurin finished the day with nine targets from Alex Smith, the most of any Washington skill player, and 92 yards on seven catches.

One of the subtle ways the second-year receiver gets so open: head fakes. A compilation from Washington Post reporter Nicki Jhabvala shows some of his best work from this season and last.

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner also got a lot of praise - not only for the pair of trick plays Washington ran in the first half - but for the simple things like getting McLaurin in a winning matchup for an easy gain.

Of course, Logan Thomas’ 28-yard pass to McLaurin was also worthy of a second (or third) look.

Overall, it was another stellar day from McLaurin, a fantastic route runner for Washington.