Terry McLaurin on track to be Redskins best receiver?

Ben Krimmel
August 12, 2019 - 1:32 pm

While all eyes have been on the Redskins quarterback competition, the battle at wide receiver has been just as hotly contested.

When asked by The Sports Junkies which receiver had made the most big plays in training camp, 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman was quick to answer: Terry McLaurin and it's "not even close."

"His speed matters," Hoffman said Monday. 

"He's way better as a receiver than I think they imagined. And we'll see if it can carry over to games, but in practice, his ability to run away from people, whether it is vertically or horizontally across the field, has led to more big plays than any other receiver," Hoffman added.

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Cam Sims was also mentioned as being a big-play receiver in camp thus far, but McLaurin is the "runaway favorite" in that category.

"I think they are, almost, a little freaked out with how good he is," Hoffman said on The Fan. "They drafted him with the idea that he was the best special teams player in the draft, who would be a rotation-level receiver in the first couple years of his career, at the very least, his rookie year. And he's going to wind up starting at receiver and maybe being their best one."

The Redskins released their second depth chart of the preseason Monday without any changes on offense, but Hoffman anticipates the McLaurin leapfrogging Josh Doctson to partner with Paul Richardson starting on the outside, with Trey Quinn in the slot.

"The benefit of all three of those guys is they can all play all three spots," Hoffman said.

On the quarterback front, Hoffman said veteran Case Keenum is ahead of Colt McCoy. "Case right now is the most consistent guy, but it's not like Case is going out and winning the job."

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"Colt's kind of lost it temporarily over the last week," he added. "Again, there's still a lot of this to go, but right now clearly Case is the most consistent and on some level, he's the one who is just gonna mitigate the damage the most and if you can play this field position game with the defense they have and the running game they're gonna have, that's how they're going to win games."

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