Can the Carolina Panthers count on Terrace Marshall Jr.?
Terrace Marshall Jr. was seen as a true gem for the Carolina Panthers after the former LSU stud slipped in the 2021 draft due to an ankle injury. However, things quickly soured for the college star once the season started and the wake-up calls came fast and furious for the wide receiver.
Problems with drops leading to a below 60 percent catch rate coupled with an inability to create separation from NFL-caliber defenders culminated in multiple inactive games and a single game high of only 48 receiving yards in Week 3 at the Houston Texans.
A total of 138 yards sounds more like a great single game than a season total. If Marshall wants to be around for any period of time, those numbers have to improve in Year 2. Especially with how all that weight was thrust onto underrated superstar D.J. Moore.
The chances of that happening took a severe dip after the Panthers signed Rashard Higgins in free agency. A player that brings much of the same skillset and has existing chemistry with Baker Mayfield.
How much time Marshall gets at WR3 and how the second-year player performs initially will set the tone for his career going forward. It will also determine whether or not Carolina cuts its losses and moves on.
Keeping an eye on how quick Marshall looks, how much separation the big-bodied wideout is able to get, and if the hands seem smooth, is one of the most intriguing question marks in 2022.