Larry Fitzgerald says 'best is yet to come' for Terry McLaurin originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Just beginning his second year in the NFL, Terry McLaurin has earned plenty of praise from the NFL community. Analysts and players alike have noted the talent and work ethic he posses, seeing something special in his game.
Now, he's earned the stamp of approval from one of the best wide receivers to ever take the field.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a picture of himself and McLaurin following the Week 2 matchup between Arizona and Washington. The 17-year NFL veteran complimented the young receiver in his caption.
"The best is yet to come for this young man," Fitzgerald wrote. "Keep grinding & perfecting your craft...you’re putting the league on notice."
Earning the respect of NFL peers is always nice, but for McLaurin to hear words of encouragement from Fitzgerald is rather special. Since entering the league in 2004, the Cardinals pass catcher has been a model for consistency and success.
Totaling over 17,000 receiving yards and 120 touchdowns so far, Fitzgerald has caught over 50 passes in every season. That includes 2019 when he hauled in 75 receptions at the spry age of 36. When it's all said and done, he'll be one of the best to ever do it, and someone all young receivers strive to be.
It's clear the veteran sees something special in McLaurin, and based on how the second-year receiver has performed so far, it makes sense. McLaurin immediately asserted himself as the No. 1 option in Washington's offense and has been a reliable set of hands for whoever is under center.
McLaurin also made sure to impress in front of Fitzgerald, catching seven passes for 125 yards and a score in Week 2.
To get to Fitzgerald's level, McLaurin will need to continue to improve and grow as a receiver, but based on what the Arizona Cardinals legend has seen from his game so far, it appears he's confident he'll get there. If the best is truly yet to come for McLaurin, the league better watch out.