Washington's Terry McLaurin receives Ron Rivera's praise

Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin received praise from new head coach Ron Rivera.

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"Terry McLaurin's been a treat," Rivera said. "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." McLaurin caught 58 passes for 919 yards and 7 touchdowns on 93 targets last season. In Moore's second season last year, he turned 135 targets into 87 catches, 1,175 yards, and 4 touchdowns. A boost in targets plus improvement from quarterback Dwayne Haskins should translate to even better fantasy production from McLaurin in Year 2.

McLaurin is the WR27 in numberFire's preseason fantasy rankings. Our models project him for 116.7 targets, 71.4 receptions, 1,020.7 yards, and 5.2 touchdowns. Among wideouts who saw at least 50 targets last year, McLaurin ranked 6th overall in Target Net Expected Points per target, 10th in Reception NEP per target, and 13th in Reception Success Rate.