• Andrew Woodruff

Player Profile: Terry McLaurin

Andrew / @ff_awwoodruff33



Let’s take a moment & talk about a great WR going underrated still among the dynasty community. The 2nd year WR Terry McLaurin broke out as the leading receiver for the Redskins. I believe there is a lot of reason for optimism. Buckle up and enjoy the thread!

Starting w/ college, Terry was held back at first by JT Barrett. Barrett was a dual-threat focusing on running overpassing. That lead to the team swapping to Dwayne Haskins as a 1st-year starter for the 2018 season. Terry’s #’s all took a good jump with the new guy in prep for NFL.


Next came the draft season. McLaurin was one of the top guys who impressed at the Senior Bowl. Then at the combine he continued to dominate. This led the Redskins to use solid draft capital taking him in the early 3rd round with the 76th overall pick during a defense heavy draft.

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Next up, a rookie in the NFL : 

58 rec (1st for rookies) 

93 targets (1st rookies) 

22.7% tgt share (1st rookies) 

919 yards (2nd) 

636 air yards (1st) 

7TDs  (tied 2nd)  

with ONLY 14 games!!! 


McLaurin was consistently close to being the best rookie WR while overcoming the most.


What's better is he also was very productive among the whole NFL WR group. His target share was actually 22nd overall. He stayed among the top 24 guys in fantasy as well w/ his points per route and target. Let's see just how amazing Terry did by going further into the context!

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PFF already has high rookie praise for Terry. They went a step further & also graded him as the 6th best overall receiving grade for 2019 behind MT, Godwin, Julio, Tyreek, and Hopkins. As a ROOKIE w/ a offense people avoided, he was still great!

https://twitter.com/PFF/status/1269980453307584518?s=20


Let's throw some more metrics at what Terry did in 2019: - Most catches by a rookie for a First Down or TD - 68.4% contested catch win rate (1st in NFL overall) - 7 TDs tied for 13th in the NFL. https://twitter.com/PFF/status/1270098788183654400


Terry was known to be a smooth route runner and he delivered repeatedly against defenses. Many times he worked open even if he did not get a target. When targeted, he often impressed. Check out what was said in the below tweet.


https://twitter.com/MattHarmon_BYB/status/1268593770108383232

Even as the team went through a lot of turmoil w/ HC fired after 5 weeks, QBs kept changing w/ injuries, & inaccurate passes from the learning rookie QB, Terry put up a PPR WR29 finish. Haskins has been working hard to be better fit and working diligently to learn the playbook.


As the @RotoViz Split tool shows, when the team got their best receiver involved, good things came for the offense. Every metric showed improvement with McLaurin involved outside of rushing yards. No reason that should change if the team keeps putting the ball with their best WR.

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Now there was some struggles with the first-year QB Haskins playing in games. The only dropoff was with his TDs, but with a whole offseason as the starter & a sound staff should bring Haskins to at least a close opportunity to improve his TD passing rate.

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Any Coach speak? Yep. Rivera said: "He's a guy that could be on verge of stardom, he really is. He reminds me so much of DJ Moore we had in Carolina."   That is high praise from Rivera. And looking back over his past top weapon each season, the targets are 100+ most years.


Cost: The top graphic showed an ADP of 52nd overall & WR27. He was 2019 PPR WR29 w/ a constantly changing offense (& missed two games). W/ any growth by Terry & Rivera, you can buy him at his floor and probably see him finish much closer to WR20 if not better.


Check out the full thread here.