Carolina Panthers rookie report from first preseason game at Colts

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Terrace Marshall Jr. – Carolina Panthers WR

With Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore sidelined for the preseason opener, second-round pick Terrace Marshall Jr. was given the spotlight to perform at a high level.

Marshall only played in the first half but made his presence known early. P.J. Walker escaped the pocket and found an open Marshall behind the coverage for a 60-yard reception, the longest play of the day.

It would’ve been nice to see Marshall use his speed to break away for a touchdown, but the catch and run were both impressive nonetheless.

Marshall made two more catches in the second quarter and finished the day as the team’s leading receiver with three receptions for a game-high 88 yards. He was targeted twice more in the red zone but couldn’t bring down either throw, resulting in a field goal.

The wideout has been a bright spot in the offense all training camp and it’s clear the work is paying off so far. There are still two more preseason games before the season begins and with Curtis Samuel in Washington, the LSU product is in a prime position to become the third option.

Things couldn’t have gone much better for Marshall during his NFL debut. His stock is rising at a rapid rate and a big rookie campaign might be in the player’s immediate future with a smooth transition to competitive action.