No. 3 Jaguars player who will turn heads in training camp: Laviska Shenault
This hasn’t been a kind year for wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. Not only was he reportedly placed on the trade block early in the offseason but he got bumped down the depth chart when the Jaguars signed Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. If that wasn’t enough, Viska’s name keeps popping up in articles about players that could be had before the start of the season.
At this point, it’s unlikely the Jaguars will deal Shenault, and even if they have previously considered it, it simply doesn’t make sense to trade a player that is barely entering his third NFL season and was dragged down by the Urban Meyer debacle. Sure, the former Colorado Buffalo averaged less than 10 yards per catch last year and he needs to do a better job of coming down with the ball in clutch situations. However, he should have no trouble bouncing back under Doug Pederson.
Keep in mind that Shenault previously showed flashes as a rookie, hauling in 58 receptions for 600 yards and five touchdowns, and getting close to those numbers seems realistic in 2022 even though he will have a decreased workload due to the presence of Jones and Kirk.
One thing that will help Shenault stand out is his ability to break tackles. Over the last two seasons, he’s forced 36 and the coaching staff can surely find a way to incorporate that skill into the offense.