Washington Football Team wide receivers
When talking about Washington Football Team wide receivers there is only one person to start with – Terry McLaurin. McLaurin is only three years into his career, but if he stays with the team he could absolutely go down as the best to ever do it at receiver in a Washington jersey.
In three years, McLaurin is already ranked 15th overall in receiving yards with 3090, 17th in receptions with 222, and 23rd with 16 receiving touchdowns. Give him a few more years and he could really rise up the ranks. It will be hard to catch up to Art Monk, but it’s possible.
And in 2021 he had another phenomenal year. McLaurin finished with 77 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns. He did all that with bad quarterback play and no other real receiving weapons to take the eyes off of him. One of the best and most under-appreciated receivers in football. He’s getting a boost in grade because if he had some help in basically any department he’d be unstoppable. Give him a QB, please. PLEASE. PLEASE. Final grade: A
Curtis Samuel came in to be the other star receiver in Washington. He’s a legitimate star. Bad things happened in 2021 though. Samuel was injured for a heavy majority of the year though. And in five games he had just six receptions for 27 yards and four carries for 11 yards. He never got a chance to get into a rhythm though. It was a miserable year but don’t be too worried about his future with the team – could still be a stud. Final grade: F
Adam Humphries was solid. That’s all I can really say about his 2021 season. It wasn’t bad, but it’s not like he was a difference-maker out there. Humphries finished the year with 41 receptions for 383 yards. He very much felt like a security blanket on the offense. When they needed a short gain, he was the guy. Final grade: C
DeAndre Carter was the standout of the receiver group. No, he wasn’t an elite weapon or anything – but wow did he outplay expectations. Personally, I didn’t think he’d even make the roster out of the preseason. Carter was 28 and primarily known as a returner, which he didn’t even do much of. However, he excelled in that area and added career-highs with 24 receptions for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Nothing crazy but he contributed and that’s awesome. Final grade: B+
Dyami Brown was brought in via the NFL Draft. And honestly, he was expected to be a major player right away. Instead, we saw him struggle a bit with route running and drops. He was a non-factor for a lot of the year, finishing with just 12 receptions for 165 yards in 15 games. Brown still has the potential to be great, but his rookie season wasn’t good. Final grade: D-
Cam Sims is a curious case. He doesn’t really get all that much playing time sometimes. And there are times where he’ll make an easy catch look difficult or even straight-up drop it. However, he’s massive and athletic. And he’ll make difficult catches look incredibly easy. Sims finished with 15 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. The first 13 weeks saw him get over 20% of offensive snaps in a game just twice (37% one week and 21% another). Give him more snaps and I think he could put up decent numbers. For now though, “eh”. Final grade: C
Dax Milne was the other rookie wide receiver. There were much lower expectations for him coming in as a seventh-round pick though. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but was anyone really expecting him to? Especially with such limited snap counts? Milne finished with nine receptions for 83 yards. What else is there to say? He was okay. Final grade: C
Overall, this was not a good unit. McLaurin is out there doing everything he possibly can to save them from an “F” grade. I mean some of them weren’t terrible, but those are also individual grades. Carter got a “B+” for his season but production-wise he’s not moving the needle for anyone. The wide receiver corps for Washington in 2021 gets a really really bad final grade of D+