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Laviska Shenault
JAC

WR JAC

#35 Wide Receiver

132 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 1 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 227
40 Time: 4.58

Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.3 53 0.3 7.6
Week 6
Shenault took a step forward in Sunday’s win over Miami … at least in terms of targets. After a 1-catch Week 6, he caught 6 of 10 targets against the Dolphins for 54 yards. The 10 targets matched Marvin Jones for a game-high. Now, it’s worth noting that Miami was down top CBs Xavien Howard and Byron Jones. Trevor Lawrence also fired off 41 passes — his 2nd highest total of the season. With D.J. Chark out for the year, Shenault will continue to get opportunities alongside Marvin Jones. The coaching staff still doesn’t inspire much confidence, but Shenault should remain rostered as a WR4. Week 7 turns up a bye week.
Week 5
Shenault caught 1 of 3 targets for 58 yards in Week 5 against the Titans.
Shenault was quiet even without D.J. Chark in the lineup. QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jags prefer to spread it around, but it was a surprise that Shenault didn’t see any screens or shallow routes as he showed elite elusiveness on his one catch and run.
Shenault is a possible flex option in Week 6 against the Dolphins.
Week 4
Leading the Jaguars with 7 targets in Thursday night’s loss to the Bengals was nice. But the most encouraging sight was Shenault’s 52-yard reception in the 2nd quarter. It was the longest reception of his young career by 16 yards. It was the main reason Week 4 saw Shenault more than double his average target depth vs. any of the season’s 1st 3 games.

We’re not expecting a significant shift in Shenault’s usage, but that catch was 1 of his 2 “deep” targets on the night. That gives him just 3 for the season.

Jacksonville opened the game showing it wanted to get him the ball, with a run for 11 yards on the 1st snap. Shenault led the team with 3 targets by halftime and then gathered 4 more among Trevor Lawrence’s 11 second-half attempts.

Losing D.J. Chark to an ankle fracture in the 1st quarter can only help Shenault’s target counts going forward.

Week 5 brings a terrific matchup with Tennessee.
Week 1
Shenault caught 7 of 9 targets for 50 yards in Week 1 against the Texans.
He looked like the #3 option behind D.J. Chark and Marvin Jones as Jacksonville mostly used Shenault on short routes and screens. He had a long catch of just 14 yards.
Shenault should be considered a WR3 in PPR leagues as the Jags take on the Broncos in Week 2.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Shenault was the 42nd overall pick of last year’s draft after compiling 1,775 receiving yards and 276 rushing yards over his final 2 seasons at Colorado.
  • He goes 6’1, 227 pounds and led his WR class with 44 missed tackles forced across 2018 and 2019.
  • Shenault posted a 58-600-5 receiving line in 14 games as a rookie. He added 91 yards on 18 carries to finish 49th among WRs in PPR points per game and 54th in non-PPR.
  • Shenault topped 3 catches in just 3 of his first 10 games. But he caught 5 or 6 balls in each of the final 4 games. Shenault was WR18 in PPR points over that span.
  • Shenault led Jacksonville’s top 4 WRs (beating D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole and Chris Conley) with 1.55 yards per route run. That mark ranked 54th among 84 WRs with 50+ targets and 7th among 12 rookie WRs with 50+ targets.
  • Shenault ranked 48th among those 84 WRs and 6th among the 12 rookies in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.
  • Durability is a concern for Shenault. He missed 2 games last season with a hamstring injury and 4 games over his final 2 seasons at Colorado. Shenault had foot, shoulder and core-muscle surgeries during his college career.
  • The Jaguars spent the #1 overall pick of this year’s draft on QB Trevor Lawrence. He should be a big upgrade over the 2020 triumvirate of Gardner Minshew, Mike Glennon and Jake Luton that landed Jacksonville 21st in passing yards, 19th in TDs, 28th in completion rate and 28th in yards per attempt.
  • Shenault will face tougher target competition this year with D.J. Chark back, Marvin Jones signed in free agency and Travis Etienne added in the draft. Etienne, who figures to be a big part of the short-range passing game, might be the biggest threat to Shenault’s volume.
  • Shenault will be working under a remade coaching staff, featuring HC Urban Meyer and OC Darrell Bevell.
  • This will be Meyer’s 1st NFL stint after over 30 years in the college ranks. He most recently served as Ohio State's HC from 2012-2018, leading the Buckeyes to an 83-9 record and 1 national championship. He also won 2 titles among 6 seasons as Florida's HC and spent 2 years before that as HC at Utah.
  • Meyer is an offensive-minded coach. He deployed a spread offense for much of his time in college and prioritizes speed.
  • Bevell has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL OC. He spent the past 2 years in Detroit, where the Lions ranked near the middle of the pack in total yards and points. Bevell's units were better during his Seattle tenure from 2011 to 2017, with 5 of those 7 squads finishing top 11 in points. His offenses have generally leaned toward the run, with 10 of the 14 ranking among the top half of the league in rush attempts. Only 4 of them have finished top-16 in pass attempts.
  • Meyer said at his introductory press conference that Bevell will call plays but “adapt” to Meyer’s vision.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Shenault turned in a promising rookie season, posting good-not-great efficiency marks and finishing strong. A 2nd-year leap with a QB upgrade in Trevor Lawrence is a distinct possibility.

The concerns are his injury history and role in new HC Urban Meyer’s offense. We’ll monitor Shenault closely this summer, but he looks like a WR3 target with upside.

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Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault (shoulder) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’s safe to use as you normally would for Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals.

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Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. Shenault underwent an MRI on Monday that evidently revealed no major issues. He'll be out there for this weekend's game vs. the Cardinals.

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Jaguars HC Urban Meyer says WR Laviska Shenault (shoulder) “should” play this week, per beat writer John Shipley. We’ll follow Shenault's practice participation over the next few days. Through 2 weeks, the 2nd-year WR has just 47 yards on 9 catches.

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Jaguars WR Laviska Shenault suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he'll have an MRI Monday. We'll see about the severity of the issue.

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Jaguars coaches are "buzzing" about WR Laviska Shenault, according to insider Hays Carlyon. Shenault has garnered heaps of praise from beat writers for his work in OTAs and minicamp -- and it sounds like Jacksonville's coaching staff has seen the same thing. Shenault turned in a promising rookie season and is getting a big QB upgrade in Trevor Lawrence this year. He's a 2021 breakout candidate.

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