Thompson: Terry McLaurin is 'on another level'

Chris Lingebach
November 27, 2019 - 10:13 am

For as much as things have gone disastrously wrong for the 2-9 Redskins, it's clear they did one thing right in 2019: drafting wide receiver Terry McLaurin.

McLaurin has already proved to be a steal in the third round, and added another brilliant performance to his blossoming young resume in Sunday's win over the Lions, catching five passes for 72 yards and no touchdowns, although rookie passer Dwayne Haskins overshot him twice in the end zone.

McLaurin, who had 12 targets on the day, also hauled in a clutch 17-yard catch in the fourth quarter, to set Dustin Hopkins up for the game-winning field goal from the 21-yard line.

McLaurin leads the Redskins with 40 receptions, 638 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

"Can you recall being around a rookie wide receiver as talented as McLaurin is, as developed as he is this early in his career?" Redskins running back Chris Thompson was asked during his weekly Sports Junkies appearance, presented by Steamfitters UA Local 602.

"Ummmm, no," Thompson returned. "Terry is, he's on another level, honestly. To say he wasn't the top receiver, the number one option at Ohio State, is just crazy to me, I guess on the type of talent that they had there."

"He was fourth!" Eric Bickel exclaimed.

"Yeah. He was the fourth guy there. Like, it's crazy," Thompson replied. "But I'm glad we got him. His mindset, being a young guy, it's like no other. This guy, he's coming in just trying to get better.

"Even when he has his great games, it's, 'Alright, I've gotta get to work the next day,' or 'I might not have ran this route right yesterday and missed out on some opportunities.' That's the type of guy he is and he's just trying to continue to get better every day and I love to see it."

Despite having a rough game in his third-career start – completing 13 of 29 passes for 156 yards and one interception, with a 47.5 passer rating – Haskins pulled himself together, finding the accuracy that'd eluded him all afternoon, to drive the offense 33 yards on the game-winning drive.

"You could definitely see the potential, and I could see the growth, too, as far as him going through his progressions and being able to just sit there in the pocket when the pressure is coming," Thompson said of the rookie passer. "Those little things, as far as having the overthrows and the accuracy issues, that's something that he's gonna get better at.

"I mean, we've got a lot of coaches here as well that used to play quarterback, so they're helping him with his speed and all that kind of good stuff, like the small things that help you with that accuracy and stuff. I think he's gonna get better. Some of them, from what I could see and from what I think, I believe he was just anxious. Especially one that he had to Terry, I believe he was just anxious. He was wide open and just..."

Asked to clarify which overthrown ball to which he was referring, Thompson clarified it was Haskins' end zone pass to McLaurin from the 10-yard line deep into the first quarter.

"I believe it might have been the first one, where he was running, I'll just call it an over route," Thompson said. "He came from the right to the left. I believe that was the first one."