Terry McLaurin gifts signed jersey to Eagles' Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay

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Terry McLaurin gifts signed jersey to Eagles' CB Darius Slay originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Terry McLaurin and Darius Slay might play for rival teams in the NFC East, but there is plenty of mutual respect between the two.

On Tuesday, the Eagles cornerback posted a screenshot to his Instagram story of a signed jersey from the Washington pass-catcher.

“Big Play Slay! Appreciate the way you play the game and compete every rep," McLaurin wrote. "One of the best to do it & that’s a fact! Let’s keep striving for greatness!”

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Slay's admiration and respect for McLaurin goes back to 2019, when the two faced off against one another when the cornerback was a member of the Detroit Lions.

McLaurin, a rookie at the time, caught five passes for 72 yards in a victory over Detroit. While those numbers are plenty respectable, especially against a talent like Slay, the Washington wideout had the chance to have a much bigger day had quarterback Dwayne Haskins not overthrown him twice on what would have been touchdowns.

Speaking on his Instagram Live last March, Slay said McLaurin was the hardest wideout he had to cover during the entire 2019 season besides Chargers All-Pro Keenan Allen.

"To be honest, that whole year, besides Keenan Allen, he was my hardest one that I covered that whole year," Slay said. "He probably would have scored on me two times."

McLaurin did catch the pass that mattered most in that contest, though, as he hauled in a crucial third-down pass late in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory for Washington. 

When Washington faced Philadelphia in Week 1 of the 2020 season, Slay shadowed McLaurin the entire game. McLaurin was held to five catches for 60 yards, but Washington came away with the victory. In Week 17, McLaurin hauled in seven receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown, but Slay was not matched up with him on the TD reception.

With the Eagles, Slay will be tasked with guarding McLaurin twice per year for the foreseeable future. Expect great battles between the two stars moving forward.