Terrace Marshall Jr. – Carolina Panthers WR
It wasn’t the start to Terrace Marshall Jr.‘s professional career that the wide receiver or the Carolina Panthers had hoped for. The LSU product came into the league with an exciting skill set and those in power clearly felt he could offer something right away, passing up on some top offensive linemen to bring him on board at No. 59 overall.
Marshall looked the part during preseason games to further whet the appetite. But some injury problems and inconsistencies getting open meant targets were extremely limited despite the player turning out in 48 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
The Panthers have the same skill-position players this time around, with Rashard Higgins also signing in free agency to provide additional competition. Simply put, Marshall needs to bounce back in a big way to avoid further questions surrounding his future aspirations.
There is no doubt Marshall has the talent. He was often overlooked during his time in college, but it’s easy to get lost in the background playing with truly elite individuals such as Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, and Joe Burrow.
Now is the time for Marshall to begin carving out his own path. The introduction of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo should help, but this all counts for nothing if the wideout cannot make the necessary adjustments to become more of a factor.
The space should be there given the attention players like Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore receive. Taking advantage of it is another matter entirely.