3 realistic expectations for Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault in 2022

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In an effort to bolster their wide receiver corps this offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. This is great news for quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who lacked weapons during his rookie campaign. However, this doesn’t bode well for Laviska Shenault Jr., who will need to compete for playing time this upcoming season.

The truth is that this hasn’t been a particularly great offseason for Viska. Not only was he bumped down on the depth chart but was reportedly placed on the traded block as well. While it doesn’t look like the Jaguars are ready to part ways with Shenault, it looks like he will need to impress the coaching staff in training camp, which may be feasible if he can play the way he did as a rookie. With that in mind, here are three realistic expectations for Laviska Shenault in Year 3.

3. Laviska Shenault will start five games for the Jaguars in 2022.

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Wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. #10 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)

The Jags didn’t pay Zay Jones and Christian Kirk a premium to come to Jacksonville to ride the bench. Both will be in the starting lineup against the Washington Commanders in Week 1 barring injury. Marvin Jones Jr. will also have a big role on the offense and will most likely be the No. 2 receiver on the depth chart, leaving Laviska Shenault with the fourth spot.

Nevertheless, Shenault will see playing time in four-receiver sets and will get several targets. He will start the season in a reserve role but if he makes the most of his targets, the coaching staff will feel inclined to start him if they think there’s a matchup they can exploit.

Shenault struggled at times in 2021 and he will see a dropoff in snaps but he will still be an important part of the offense, which will lead to five starts this upcoming season.

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