4 Carolina Panthers that must get more playing time under Steve Wilks

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Terrace Marshall Jr. – Carolina Panthers WR

It was almost inevitable that Robbie Anderson would be the first established star traded by the Carolina Panthers. The wide receiver cut an extremely frustrated figure on the sidelines that boiled over again, resulting in Steve Wilks sending him to the locker room and Scott Fitterer trading him to the Arizona Cardinals not 24 hours later.

While this removes one problem, it creates another. Just who can step up as a legitimate No. 2 receiving option behind D.J. Moore long-term?

Laviska Shenault Jr. has experience in a similar role with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But reliability from a health standpoint is concerning and might go on for a while yet with no positive news coming out about the versatile weapon’s involvement.

Simply put, this is the time Carolina should see once and for all whether or not Terrace Marshall Jr. can become productive at the next level. It’s the audition he’s been waiting for, but just who’ll be distributing the football under center could jeopardize his hopes of making a big enough impression.

Marshall has the physicality and athleticism to make a difference. Confidence is an issue after falling out of Matt Rhule’s good graces, so the onus will be on Wilks and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to build the 2021 second-round selection back up enough for him to be a consistent force in the passing game.