On the day that it was reported Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin signed a new lucrative deal, we look back to one of the best catches he’s ever likely to make in his career.
This offseason certainly has been an interesting one for Terry McLaurin and the Washington Commanders as discussions have rumbled on over his future.
This upcoming season was set to be the last in McLaurin’s contract, the first one that he signed after entering the NFL in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL draft, and there was a little bit of tension around the camp as the team continued negotiations towards a new one with McLaurin holding out during part of the team’s offseason work until a new long-term deal could be agreed.
There were some suggestions that the Commanders might look to trade McLaurin at some point whilst they could still get some form of return on their investment, but that was shut down by head coach Ron Rivera as he insisted that the 26-year-old wasn’t going anywhere.
And stay in Washington he did, as it was announced today that he is set to sign a 3-year, $71m extension to stay at FedEx Field for the foreseeable future.
A contract well earned
It’s very easy to see why the Commanders would much rather have McLaurin on their side rather than playing against them. In his three years so far he has racked up 3,090 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, including two 1,000+ yard seasons, with the other one falling just short at 919 yards.
Don't care who is throwing him the ball: Terry McLaurin is going to ball (again) in 2020 pic.twitter.com/FuQYJb3q0w— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) May 18, 2020
And with the Commanders having just acquired Carson Wentz this offseason, yet another name to add to the carousel of starting quarterbacks that the Commanders have gone through in recent years, he is going to need a receiver that he can depend on, and all of those stats indicate McLaurin is exactly that.
But more than numbers, he’s also shown he can pull off some rather incredible catches too that make him even trickier to guard.
Capable of the spectacular
In the opening week of the 2021 NFL season, he showed exactly what he can do when he pulled off an incredible catch against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Not only did he have to stretch out in order to make the catch, but he had to see the ball through a very tight window in order to keep an eye on it, hold onto the ball and keep his feet in bounds all in the same play:
Not every catch he makes has to be this incredible, but the more plays like this that the Commanders can get out of him, the more this new deal is going to be worth every penny.