Richard Sherman: Terry McLaurin would be 'special' if he had a running mate


Terry McLaurin is already a household name in D.C., but it appears, after two sensational seasons in the NFC East, word is beginning to spread around the NFL.

On the Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman, the 49ers cornerback and new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley were discussing various NFL topics when their conversation pivoted to McLaurin.

"He's really good and he plays hard all the time," Sherman said.

Sherman, who has covered the best receivers over the last decade in the NFL, and Staley, who spent 2020 as the L.A. Rams' defensive coordinator before getting the Chargers job, both agreed: McLaurin is a name fans should know.

"I made this tape when we played them because he was kind of like their guy, like, they didn't really have a lot around him," said Staley, noting the Rams' Week 5 game against Washington. "So I kind of showed them, you know kind of gassing up like (Stephon) Gilmore and like (Darius) Slay, and like some of these other guys, you know. So I was like, 'Hey now, like (Jalen) Ramsey, like I'm just telling you. This guy can freakin' roll. He's fast.'"

"He's faster than you think," added Sherman.

“Way faster than you think”, said Staley. “Really good after the catch. And then I was like, 'Guys, he runs hard.' He's not like some of these other ones that kind of float and drift. I'm like, he's running. I think that guy is really good.”

Sherman brought up the fact Washington’s supporting cast at the wide receiver position needs a boost, and then the NFL will really see what McLaurin can do when he's not the main focus of the opposing defense.

"If he had anybody else beside him and they couldn't just double him and cloud him all the time, he'd be special," Sherman said. "But that’s the hard thing — they can't find anybody else. They've got a bunch of guys who kind of flash, but he plays hard."

Sherman, whose 49ers hosted the Washington Football Team in the back half of the 2020 season (Sherman was out with injury), easily picked up on Washington's offensive tendencies from a defensive back's perspective and pointed out flaws that hurt McLaurin in the game.

"When we played them," Sherman said, "they had Alex (Smith) and Alex really wouldn't take any shots (down the field) with him, so he just kept running, like, banana cuts and digs and we kind of were all over that. But he's one of the better up-and-coming wideouts in the league."

McLaurin will look to build upon two phenomal years when the 2021 NFL season gets going later this fall, hopefully with more talent around him.