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Laviska Shenault Jr. – Carolina Panthers WR

It’s been a slow burn for Laviska Shenault Jr. since his trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The wide receiver took time learning the system and gradually came onto the rotation, but 17 receptions from just 20 targets mean the Carolina Panthers don’t yet know for sure what they have in the promising playmaker.

Shenault looks like a world-beater when in the mood. So the onus will be on offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to create opportunities for the former second-round pick to flourish over the next five contests.

The wideout does his best work when the ball gets to him quickly. Shenault’s physical style with enough speed can churn up significant yards if afforded enough space, but he’s clearly behind D.J. Moore and Terrace Marshall Jr. when it comes to targets.

How Shenault performs down the stretch could have big implications on the player’s role in 2023. Carolina didn’t give up a great deal to get him on board, but fans are right to expect a little more despite the offensive struggles throughout the campaign.

Shenault has the talent, there’s no denying that. But it’s vital a bigger impression is made between now and the end of the campaign if the do-it-all weapon wants increased responsibilities next time around.

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