No. 1 Jaguars player who went missing in training camp: Laviska Shenault
Wide receiver Laviska Sheanault had a promising rookie campaign, hauling in 58 receptions for 600 yards with five touchdowns. He was set to make a leap last year and was seen as a breakout candidate through most of the offseason. However, the former Colorado Buffalo ended up having somewhat of a disappointing sophomore campaign.
It’s true that Shenaut caught 63 passes — five more than in his rookie season — but he also averaged half a yard less per reception and didn’t reach the end zone once. Earlier this year, he seemed like a favorite to have a bounce-back season but the Jags went on to add Christian Kirk and Zay Jones in free agency. Furthermore, the team’s brass placed Viska on the trading block in March, which raised questions about his future with the team.
In the end, Shenault stayed in Jacksonville but has had a hard time standing out in the summer. Both Jones and Kirk have had a productive training camp while Marvin Jones Jr. is set to play a featured role once again, potentially leaving Shenault as the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart.
To complicate matters, Shenault is currently dealing with a hamstring injury and will be one of several Jaguars that won’t suit up against the Browns Friday, so he will have to wait to make a positive impression on the coaching staff.
Just to be clear, Shenault is still the same talented player he was coming out of college but he’s dealt a bad had this offseason. All things considered, he could benefit from a fresh start but the Jags might not be ready to pull the plug on him, which puts him in a no-win situation.