The decision to hire Ron Rivera as the successor to Jay Gruden and fire Bruce Allen as general manager Terry McLaurin.. It's a team that's not logged a winning record since 2015 and having done so only twice since 2007, it's safe to say owner Dan Snyder is hoping for a rather quick turnaround. One of the keys to steering the ship onto a new course is , which means both protecting him and giving him the weapons necessary to challenge opposing offenses -- such as wide receiver
The problem for the Redskins is they've not done much to invoke confidence regarding their WR corps, because while McLaurin appears to be a definitive No. 1 receiver in the NFL, the team lacks an impactful complement to what he brings to the table. They're hoping rookie fourth-round pick Antonio Gandy-Golden will be the answer, but that's to-be-determined.
In the meantime, Rivera says McLaurin is champing at the bit to take the next step in his NFL career.
"I've got to say, I like the wide receivers," Rivera told FS1's 'FOX Football Now with Jay Glazer,' via 247Sports. "Terry McLaurin's been a treat. 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]."
Rivera believes he's seen this sort of potential before, in his time with the Carolina Panthers.
"He reminds me so much of a D.J. Moore that we had in Carolina," he said. "Just an outstanding young man."
Moore was the Panthers 24th-overall pick in 2018 under Rivera, and went on to land a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie team before reeling in 1,175 yards and four touchdowns in Year 2 -- despite a carousel of poor quarterback play. In his first year with the Redskins, and also despite a carousel of QBs, McLaurin led the team with 919 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His production made him the eventual top target for Haskins during the close of the season, a chemistry that will carry over to the start of the next one. So while the Redskins work to figure out who their No. 2 wideout will be, Rivera already knows who his top dog is.
And he believes McLaurin is just getting started.