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McLaurin secured 11 of 14 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 30-29 win over the Giants on Thursday night.
Analysis: The speedy third-year man was unsurprisingly Taylor Heinicke's top target throughout the night, and he contributed several key receptions. McLaurin came down with a contested 11-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter, and he also notched a six-yard catch to move the ball to the Giants' 30 on the offense's penultimate play from scrimmage during Washington's game-winning drive. Through two games, McLaurin has now recorded 15 receptions for 169 yards, and his rapport with Heinicke on Thursday certainly sends him into a Week 3 road battle versus the Bills a week from Sunday with plenty of momentum.
Sep 16, 2021 9:14 PM EST
McLaurin caught all four of his targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Chargers.
Analysis: 34 of McLaurin's 62 yards came on a poor pass from Taylor Heinicke that was inexplicably whiffed on mid-air by a Chargers defender, setting up a pretty sideline catch. Washington made a concerted effort to involve McLaurin in the offense to start the second half, setting up three of his four catches to start the third, but he was curiously absent from the gameplan the rest of the way. Who McLaurin will be catching passes from in future weeks will be something to monitor as starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick left Sunday's contest with a hip injury, forcing Heinicke into relief.
Sep 12, 2021 3:36 PM EST
McLaurin and a slew of other key players likely will be held out of Saturday's preseason game against Baltimore, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The list also includes RB Antonio Gibson, TE Logan Thomas and WRs Dyami Brown and Adam Humphries. The Washington offense appears in much better shape than last season, though key offseason addition Curtis Samuel (groin) still hasn't practiced since early June. Regardless of Samuel's availability, McLaurin is the centerpiece of Washington's passing game heading into a Week 1 home date with the Chargers.
Aug 28, 2021 1:41 PM EST
McLaurin caught two of three targets for 25 yards in Thursday's 22-12 preseason loss to New England.
Analysis: McLaurin had a 22-yard gain on the second play of the game and ultimately accounted for three of Ryan Fitzpatrick's eight targets. The star wideout will see plenty of looks in any scenario, but he could really be busy early in the season if Curtis Samuel's absence extends past August. Washington's big offseason acquisition has been on the PUP list since the start of training camp, bothered by the same groin injury that kept him out of offseason practices in early-to-mid June. Next up for McLaurin are exhibitions against Cincinnati (Aug. 20) and Baltimore (Aug. 28), followed by a season opener versus the Chargers on Sept. 12.
Aug 13, 2021 1:21 PM EST
McLaurin recently worked with former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin to improve his releases off the line of scrimmage, independent NFL journalist Mark Bullock reports.
Analysis: Baldwin made a living with toughness, technique and reliable hands, while McLaurin is far more physically gifted, having run a 4.35-second 40-yard dash at 6-2, 208 pounds. The third-year pro has also proven himself a quick learner in the NFL, with rapid improvement on short and intermediate routes allowing him to put up 1,118 receiving yards in 15 games last season despite playing in an offense with minimal downfield component. The hope in Washington is that veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick can help create a more balanced passing game, which would give McLaurin a shot to mesh his big-play ability from 2019 (15.8 YPR, 7 TDs in 14 games) with his big-time volume from 2020 (8.9 targets, 5.8 catches per week). There is a bit more competition for targets this year, with Washington adding Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason.
Jun 30, 2021 1:48 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) brought in six of seven targets for 75 yards in Washington's 31-23 wild-card loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday night.
Analysis: The second-year speedster was second to Cam Sims in receptions and receiving yards during Washington' season-ending loss. McLaurin powered through an ankle issue in Week 17 and Saturday night, managing to still put together a combined 13-115-1 line in that pair of contests. Having eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark during the regular season for the first time in his career while also setting a new high-water mark in receptions (87), McLaurin will look to reach even greater heights in 2021 with what he'll hope will be greater stability at the quarterback position.
Jan 9, 2021 9:35 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) is listed as active Saturday versus the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: McLaurin managed two limited practices this week, which was two more than he logged prior to taking the field Week 17. In that contest, he put up seven catches (on eight targets) for 40 yards and one touchdown on the Eagles. The going may be tougher Saturday against a Tampa Bay defense that has given up 8.0 yards per target to wide receivers this season (tied for 14th best in the NFL).
Jan 9, 2021 4:10 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Buccaneers, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: McLaurin didn't practice at all last week but still gutted out a high-ankle sprain Week 17 against the Eagles, hauling in seven of eight targets for 40 yards and one touchdown. He got in some reps on the practice field this week, but his status won't be confirmed until about 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff. If he takes the field, McLaurin should be among Alex Smith's (calf) top targets, assuming the QB also is directing the offense.
Jan 7, 2021 11:35 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: McLaurin didn't practice at all last week and was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated report. He's now ahead of where he was at the same time last week, after catching seven of eight targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the division-clinching win over Philadelphia. McLaurin, Alex Smith (calf) and Antonio Gibson (toe) are banged up, but all three appear likely to continue playing through their injuries this Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Jan 6, 2021 11:36 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) took part in the team stretch before going to a side field during Wednesday's practice, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: McLaurin didn't practice at all last week while managing a high-ankle sprain, but he still suited up in the regular-season finale, logging 81 percent of the offensive snaps en route to seven catches (on eight targets) for 40 yards and one touchdown Sunday against the Eagles. He was a non-participant Tuesday, and if his activity level Wednesday is any indication he seems poised to do the same for a second straight session.
Jan 6, 2021 10:35 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's practice estimate, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The same applies to running back Antonio Gibson (toe), but given that both players played through their respective issues in Washington's Week 17 win over the Eagles, it's likely that the duo's Tuesday listing is indicative of both key skill players simply managing their injuries as Saturday night's playoff opener against the Buccaneers approaches.
Jan 5, 2021 2:17 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) reeled in seven of eight targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles. He finishes the regular season with 87 receptions, 1,118 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games.
Analysis: McLaurin toughed it out to return quickly from a high-ankle sprain -- which typically requires 4-to-6 weeks to fully recover from -- and help Alex Smith and Co. push the 7-9 Washington Football Team into the playoffs. The talented wideout dealt with mediocre quarterback play for the entirety of the season, as an aging Alex Smith, whose leg is literally being held together by bolts and screws, was the team's best option under center. The fact that he managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark is a testament to the wideout's talent. Washington may be able to scratch out another year with Smith managing games, but Dwayne Haskins is clearly a bust, so an upgrade at the position would benefit the team and McLaurin's fantasy stock immensely if and when that happens. For now, he will try and help upset Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.
Jan 4, 2021 12:19 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) is listed as active Sunday at Philadelphia, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.
Analysis: Amazingly, McLaurin will miss just one game as a result of a high-ankle sprain. It remains to be seen whether he'll be a diversion or actually modestly involved in the offense, but with a variety of signal-callers this season, he's averaged nine targets per game. In this contest, McLaurin will be on the receiving end of passes from Alex Smith, who himself is attempting to gut it out through a strained right calf.
Jan 3, 2021 4:12 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle), who is listed as questionable, plans to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: McLaurin sat out of last week's loss to the Panthers due to a high-ankle sprain, which typically takes around six weeks to recover from. He was unable to practice this week, although McLaurin did work on the side on received praise from coach Ron Rivera. With a must-win game on tap, it sounds like McLaurin will give it a go. However, Jhabvala reiterated that McLaurin likely will be playing through some degree of pain and may even be limited to an extent if he is ultimately active.
Jan 2, 2021 2:28 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: McLaurin was listed as a non-participant in every practice this week, but coach Rivera did say the wideout looked good Thursday when he was doing rehab work with the training staff. Washington heads into Sunday night's game with all of McLaurin, QB Alex Smith (calf) and RB Antonio Gibson (toe) listed as questionable, so it's hard to know what the offense will look like in the team's most important game of the season. With McLaurin and Smith both out last week, the target leaders were TE Logan Thomas (12), RB J.D. McKissic (10), WR Cam Sims (9) and WR Steven Sims (6).
Jan 1, 2021 11:15 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) isn't practicing Friday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said McLaurin looked good while working with the training staff Thursday, but that doesn't necessarily mean the wideout will be ready by Sunday night. McLaurin is absent from practice for a third straight day, making it two weeks in a row with no participation. He wasn't able to play in the loss to Carolina last week, and he'll presumably have an designation on the final injury report Friday afternoon.
Jan 1, 2021 9:44 AM EST
Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that McLaurin, who hasn't practiced this week due to a high-ankle sprain, "looked good" and "moved around" Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports. "It was a positive step," Rivera added. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow."
Analysis: During the open part of practice, McLaurin put in some time with Washington's training staff on the side, per John Keim of ESPN.com. Despite this and Rivera's comments, McLaurin has yet to make a noticeable step in his recovery from an injury that typically sidelines a player for multiple games. Still, Rivera seems to be holding out hope McLaurin will make a leap and put himself into a position to play Sunday in Philadelphia, a game that has postseason implications.
Dec 31, 2020 3:01 PM EST
McLaurin (ankle) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: According to John Keim of ESPN.com, McLaurin worked out on the side Thursday, which was more activity than running back Antonio Gibson managed on his turf toe injury. Still, Gibson's situation is one of managing his health concern, while McLaurin is working his way back from a high-ankle sprain, which typically sidelines a player for multiple weeks. McLaurin has missed just one game as a result of the issue, and his lack of reps so far this week isn't a great sign that he'll be available Sunday at Philadelphia, either.
Dec 31, 2020 11:34 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) was working off to the side with trainers during Thursday's practice, signaling that he'll go down as a non-participant on Washington's official report, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though head coach Ron Rivera hasn't closed the door on McLaurin suiting up Sunday against the Eagles, the wideout is probably closer to doubtful than questionable for the contest at this point after he was unable to practice with the main group Wednesday and Thursday while managing the high-ankle sprain. If McLaurin's ankle responds well to rehab work Thursday, he could be cleared to get in some practice reps Friday, but at the very least, he'll carry an injury designation into the regular-season finale. Cam Sims, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden would likely serve as Washington's starting receivers this weekend if McLaurin misses a second straight contest.
Dec 31, 2020 10:01 AM EST
McLaurin (ankle) is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice report, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.
Analysis: Reporters saw McLaurin doing some work with the training staff on a side field while his healthy teammates were practicing. The Washington rehab group has been extensive recently, with Wednesday's list of non-participants including three other starters on offense -- QB Alex Smith (calf), RB Antonio Gibson (toe) and LG Wes Schweitzer (hip). McClaurin has been dealing with some form of ankle injury since late November, but his current problem -- a high-ankle sprain -- reportedly happened in the Week 15 loss to Seattle. After sitting out Week 16, the star wideout appears in danger of missing the regular-season finale Sunday night.
Dec 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST
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