Commanders’ McLaurin is excited to play with Wentz

On Wednesday, Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin met the media after agreeing to a contract extension with the team.

According to reports, it’s a three-year, $71 million extension.

In his short career, the 2019 third-round pick has been very productive. The former Ohio State product has accumulated 222 receptions for 3090 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he’s put those numbers up with very average quarterback play in Washington.

However, this season, he’ll have an opportunity to play with Carson Wentz, who had an MVP-caliber season in 2017 and helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl in that same season. In 2021, Wentz was solid with the Colts as he threw for 3563 yards with 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. However, Indianapolis lost their last two games of the regular season and missed the playoffs. Ultimately, Wentz would be dealt to the Commanders a few months later.

While the 29-year-old Wentz will be playing on his third team in three seasons, McLaurin is excited about the opportunity to play with him.

“You know, we’ve talked a lot obviously about the quarterback situations for myself, and my main priority and just my mindset with each quarterback is try to put my best foot forward and make them look good in any way, shape, or form I can,” McLaurin said. “I’ve never really tried to focus on how many I’ve had, and although you want to try to get a connection with a guy and have some longevity, I’ve had fun, and I’ve learned from all the quarterbacks I’ve had up until this point. One thing I think that stuck out about Carson is he’s a very personable guy. He’s somebody that we’ve connected with on a very personal level since he’s gotten here. Even throughout the process, he was reaching out to me, checking in on me…

“Honestly, I remember my rookie year, and we played Philly. I remember watching him play and the way he threw a deep ball; I was almost enamored by it, you know, and his toughness in the pocket. Like, I don’t think a lot of people give him enough credit. He stands back there into the last moment, which really helps receivers get that extra separation or that time to finish their routes off, and a guy who’s back there and confident as a receiver and as a receiver group, I think we’re going to try to have a collective group by committee and help him out to be the best that he can.”

Entering his fourth season, McLaurin hopes to make the playoffs and have a chance at a Super Bowl with the Commanders and will do everything in his power to support Wentz and the rest of his teammates to make that happen.

“I wanna get to the playoffs and have a chance to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “Personally, I want to continue to try to be one of the top receivers in this league… And having that relationship with [QB] Carson [Wentz], I really want to develop and make it as strong as possible. So he knows he can trust not only me as a player, but as a person that I got his back. I know he’s been through a lot in his career, and I know we’ll get to touch on that, but you know, I’m a guy who’s going to have your back, man. And it’s not just him. That’s why I feel like that towards everybody in this locker room and in this building.” 

We’ll see if Wentz can take advantage of what many believe is his final chance to be a starter in the NFL. Fortunately for him, he’ll have McLaurin by his side.

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