No. 5 Jaguars biggest loser in free agency – Laviska Shenault, WR.
Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. has never lacked talent and if it hadn’t been for his injury history in college, he might have been a first-round selection in the 2020 draft. However, Viska has encountered many roadblocks in his young NFL career. In his rookie campaign, he missed two games but still went on to catch 58 receptions for 600 yards with five touchdowns.
Shenault managed to remain healthy last year but he averaged half a yard less per reception than the season before and had a few key drops. Also, the previous coaching staff didn’t seem to know how to use him and often had him catch near the line of scrimmage and generate yards after contact, which is something he excels at.
There’s no doubt that Shenault could thrive under the right circumstances but he might have a hard time cracking the Jaguars’ starting lineup after all the additions of Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. Moreover, the Jags brought back Laquon Treadwell, who finished the 2021 season strong.
General manager Trent Baalke didn’t give top-market contracts to Jones and Kirk just have them warm the bench and they will both be given a chance to start. This means that Shenault will most likely have to compete for playing time and a role in the offense in the offseason. Of course, this is contingent on Shenault remaining in Jacksonville, as he was reportedly on the trade block just a couple of weeks ago. If he ends up staying, he will have an uphill battle in 2022.