Terry McLaurin - Carson Wentz gets too much credit for his toughness in pocket

Terry McLaurin, Commanders receiver, has played with many different quarterbacks since joining the league in 2019.

Terry McLaurin - Carson Wentz gets too much credit for his toughness in pocket

Terry McLaurin, Commanders receiver, has played with many different quarterbacks since joining the league in 2019.

Now Washington has Carson Wentz. The Commanders are optimistic that Wentz will be back in the NFC East, even though his last two seasons were disappointing with the Eagles or Colts.

McLaurin stated at Wednesday's press conference that he was on his way to fly to throw with Wentz. McLaurin and Wentz didn't have much practice time together in the offseason program because McLaurin was away from the team facility during contract negotiations. McLaurin was not present at the offseason program, so Wentz kept checking in on McLaurin and they have formed a bond.

McLaurin stated that Carson is a personable man. "He's someone that, since he got here, we have connected on a very personal basis. He kept in touch with me throughout the whole process and was always reaching out to me. I wanted to know how practice was going. Because now we can put the football together, and it's time to begin to make that connection on the field, that's why I'm so excited to throw with him. Personally, I am excited to see his play.

McLaurin said that he remembers playing with the Eagles in his rookie season and being fascinated by Wentz's ability throw the deep ball.

McLaurin stated that McLaurin's toughness in the pocket is something that I don’t think many people give enough credit to -- he stays back there until the very last moment which really helps receivers get extra separation or time to complete their routes off. McLaurin said, "A guy who's back up and confident, as both a receiver and as a group of receivers, I think that we're going try to have a collective committee and help him out as best as possible."

McLaurin said that he has learned a lot from every quarterback he played with. He's excited to make Wentz look as great as possible.

McLaurin's three-year record includes 222 receptions, 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns. In 2022, McLaurin caught 77 passes for 1,053 yard with five touchdowns in 17 games.

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