3 things we learned from Commanders big win over the Jaguars

Washington Commanders, Terry McLaurin (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington Commanders Jahan Dotson Terry McLaurin Antonio Gibson
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Terry McLaurin finally has other weapons around him

Wow was this refreshing. Wentz is an upgrade at quarterback, yes. But it’s also hard to fail too much with the talent on this Washington Commanders’ offense. That’s not something you hear often, but it’s the case for the 2022 season.

For the last few years, it’s really been superstar wide receiver Terry McLaurin. That’s it. The hope would be that someone would step up each week to help.

Logan Thomas proved to be a solid piece in 2020. He wasn’t meant to be the second-best receiving option though. Antonio Gibson has flashed crazy potential too, but the fumbles really derailed his momentum last season.

Meanwhile, wide receiver was rough. Teams could zero in on McLaurin and not really have to worry about anyone else. This year though, Washington has Thomas back and healthy after missing most of last season due to injury. And Gibson looked great again.

Then there are the other receivers. Curtis Samuel is healthy after barely playing in 2021. And he celebrated by having a massive game, leading Washington with eight receptions that included a touchdown. He was constantly making defenders miss tackles, which was just beautiful to watch.

Jahan Dotson was the other big addition this year. The rookie had a monster first game. He reeled in three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winner). His speed and route-running were highlighted, but his hands on that final touchdown catch were the real stars of the show.

Wentz is flush with weapons. He’s spoiled at the moment, honestly. It’s nice to watch a game and not be constantly worrying about finding McLaurin. Last season it felt like if he wasn’t getting the ball, good things weren’t going to happen. Now there are so many weapons that it felt like whoever touched the ball was capable of something massive.

McLaurin is still the star of the show here. And Wentz should try to get him more involved. It felt like he was relying on those screen passes to Samuel far too much if we’re being honest. But the fact that McLaurin was only targeted four times and Washington still managed over 300 passing yards is fun.