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Ron Rivera: Terry McLaurin on the verge of stardom

Terry McLaurin

Terry McLaurin was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise poor year for the 3-13 Washington Redskins. He is an emerging player, and the team’s new head coach recognizes that.

Ron Rivera was a guest on FS1’s FOX Football Now with Jay Glazer Friday and talked about his team. He had extra praise for the wide receivers, namely McLaurin.

“I’ve got to say, I like the wide receivers,” Rivera said, via 247 Sports. “Terry McLaurin’s been a treat. He’s been a treat to get to know. I ran into him several times before the lockdown when he would come around and I’d have a conversation with him. And then listening in on his conversations with (wide receivers) coach (Jim) Hostler has been really, really good. I mean, he’s a young man I think that had a solid year last year as a rookie, a third-round pick — he’s a guy that could be on the verge (of stardom), he really is. He reminds me so much of a D.J. Moore that we had in Carolina. Just an outstanding young man.”

The praise is well-deserved. McLaurin had 58 catches for 919 yards and seven touchdowns for an offense that was last in the NFL in points scored and last in passing yards. The numbers are impressive for a rookie no matter what, but they’re even more impressive in context.

Washington will have Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen competing at quarterback this year, will Alex Smith potentially figuring into the mix. McLaurin will be ready to shine regardless of who’s throwing the passes.

Terry McLaurin has explanation for Urban Meyer’s attendance at Redskins game

Urban Meyer

Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin threw some cold water on those Urban Meyer-to-Washington rumors that emerged Sunday.

Speculation ran wild after Meyer was seen attending the game against the Philadelphia Eagles, reportedly as the guest of owner Dan Snyder. McLaurin, however, had a different story: Meyer was his guest, and the coach had come to support McLaurin and Dwayne Haskins, both of whom played for Meyer at Ohio State.

To be clear, it may be that the Redskins would like to hire Meyer as their head coach. We don’t really know. Another team linked to him may not be as interested as they initially seemed, which could open the door. Meyer would also be a big PR win for a Washington organization that doesn’t get many of those. Regardless of who Meyer was the guest of Sunday, the rumors are unlikely to quiet down now.

5 NFL breakout players of 2019

Sometimes, NFL players come out of nowhere to have successful seasons. In other cases, one might see it coming. Either way, the NFL breeds new stars every year, and they’re not just the top draft picks or highly-touted young talents. Sometimes, guys who were on the backburner or off the radar step up and turn into quality players.

Here are five breakout players so far in the 2019 NFL season.

5. Marlon Mack, RB, Colts

All the ingredients were in place for a Mack breakout before the season, so this one doesn’t come as a huge shock. Still, he’s been particularly invaluable to the Colts after Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement, and at times has carried the offense. He burst onto the scene with 174 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Chargers, and his 132 rushing yards were instrumental as the Colts took down Kansas City. Mack is on pace to push for 1,500 rushing yards in 2019.

4. Terry McLaurin, WR, Redskins

Given the offensive struggles on Washington’s part this year, it seemed pretty unlikely that anyone would break out for them on that side of the ball. Enter McLaurin, a third-round rookie who has managed to become one of the NFL’s leading receivers in spite of inconsistent quarterback play and modest talent around him. Scary Terry had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season on Sunday, is on pace for well over 1,000 yards, and has scored in four of five games this year. Not bad for a first-year player at all.

3. Nick Chubb, RB, Browns

Chubb has quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s finest lead backs. After falling just shy of 1,000 yards as a rookie, he looks a sure bet to get there and well beyond this season as long as he doesn’t get hurt or see his workload significantly reduced by Kareem Hunt’s eventual return. Chubb’s worst game of the season has been 62 yards on 18 carries, which is perfectly respectable, and he’s one of the few Cleveland offensive cogs to actually work properly in 2019.

2. Shaq Barrett, LB, Buccaneers

Barrett signed a modest one-year deal with Tampa Bay before the season and promptly emerged as the NFL’s sack leader through six games. After never posting more than 5.5 sacks in a season, Barrett already has nine for Tampa Bay in 2019, including four in one game against the New York Giants. Barrett has turned into a quality pass rusher that teams have to gameplan for. The numbers bear that out, and life in Tampa seems to be treating him very well.

1. Gardner Minshew, QB, Jaguars

Nobody has done more to take the NFL by storm than Minshew, who wasn’t even supposed to play until Nick Foles suffered a Week 1 injury. The rookie won back-to-back starts against Tennessee and Denver, looking like a capable NFL quarterback in the process. In six games, he’s put up a respectable nine touchdowns to only two interceptions, and would actually be on pace to push for 4,000 passing yards over a full season if given the chance. He’s captivated a lot of people, and it helps that he’s really quite meme-able.