Laviska Shenault Jr.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #10
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #10
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Laviska Shenault Jr. News

Hauls in five passes in Week 12

Shenault recorded five catches (on nine targets) for 33 yards during Sunday's 21-14 defeat to the Falcons.

Analysis: Shenault's team-high target tally was the second most he's received in a game this season, and the third most of his one-and-a-half campaigns as a pro. But he was unable to do much with them. His two longest receptions went for 24 and 11 yards, while the other three totaled minus-2 yards. Since he compiled at least 48 yards in five of the first six games of the season, Shenault has only gone past that threshold once in the last five contests. He may have a difficult time turning it around next Sunday in a road matchup with the Rams.

Nov 28, 2021 1:55 PM EST

Efficient on five targets

Shenault caught five passes for 50 yards on five targets against San Francisco on Sunday.

Analysis: Shenault was efficient with his five targets, but he undermined his box score with a lost fumble. Shenault's effectiveness had badly suffered after moving from the slot to outside receiver, so even this mostly unimpressive game is sadly a welcome development in Shenault's highly disappointing season. If Jamal Agnew (hip) misses time, though, the Jaguars might have Shenault play in the slot more against the Falcons in Week 12. That would probably suit his abilities better than playing on the boundary.

Nov 21, 2021 2:07 PM EST

Totals 21 yards Sunday

Shenault caught three of eight targets for 15 yards and had two carries for six yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Shenault led Jacksonville's pass catchers with eight targets, but he wasn't in tune with QB Trevor Lawrence and ended up with another disappointing performance. The young wideout has nine receptions on 16 targets for 52 yards plus four carries for 10 yards in three games since Jacksonville's Week 7 bye.

Nov 15, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Minor production in win

Shenault caught all four of his targets for 24 yards and had one carry for minus-four yards during Sunday's 9-6 win over the Bills.

Analysis: Shenault tied for the team lead in receptions, but his involvement was once again limited to the short passing game. The 2020 second-round pick has 32 catches for 343 yards with five rushes for 24 yards and zero total touches through eight games this year, making him a desperation fantasy option barring a significant turnaround.

Nov 8, 2021 5:34 PM EST

Minimal role in blowout loss

Shenault caught two of four targets for 13 yards and had one carry for eight yards during Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The 2020 second-round pick played 52 of 76 offensive snaps -- four fewer than Jamal Agnew -- and was targeted only four times on day when QB Trevor Lawrence attempted 54 passes. Shenault's involvement in the offense continues to be inconsistent, and the fact he saw minimal action coming out of the bye week is a worrying sign. Shenault has failed to take advantage of the absence of DJ Chark (ankle), while Agnew, who had only 105 receiving yards in 46 career games entering this season, has 17 catches or 157 yards and a touchdown over the past three games.

Nov 1, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Sees more involvement

Shenault recorded three receptions on seven targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over Miami.

Analysis: After being curiously absent from the Jaguars' offensive gameplan in Week 5, Shenault led the team with seven targets against the Dolphins. That didn't lead to much production, as he averaged only 3.7 yards per target with his longest receptions going for 10 yards. Despite the inefficiency, Shenault has now seen at least seven targets in four of six games on the campaign.

Oct 17, 2021 1:27 PM EST

Quiet in Week 5

Shenault caught one of three targets for 58 yards against Tennessee on Sunday.

Analysis: In a game where the Jaguars trailed most of the time and where quarterback Trevor Lawrence attempted 33 passes, Shenault somehow only drew three targets. It's a puzzling outcome for Shenault after catching six receptions for 99 yards on seven targets in Week 4, and especially given the absence of DJ Chark (ankle). The Jaguars coaching staff likely understands Shenault's three targets as a policy failure in need of correction before Week 6, when the Jaguars take on the Dolphins.

Oct 10, 2021 2:04 PM EST

Set for larger role

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Thursday that Shenault will take on a bigger role in the passing game with DJ Chark (ankle) slated to miss the rest of the season, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Shenault delivered his best game of the year after Chark went down with the injury Week 4, catching six passes for a career-high 99 yards in the loss to the Bengals. The 23-year-old primarily operated in the short passing game for the first three games of the season, but he should be more involved downfield with Chark now sidelined. Shenault had a disappointing start to 2021 after entering the campaign as a sleeper candidate, but he now has a prime opportunity to turn things around.

Oct 7, 2021 4:05 PM EST

Stands out in close loss

Shenault brought in six of seven targets for 99 yards in the Jaguars' 24-21 loss to the Bengals on Thursday night. He also rushed once for 11 yards.

Analysis: The versatile receiver comfortably led the Jaguars in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the night, with DJ Chark's first-half exit with a fractured ankle playing a part in Shenault's expanded role. The 22-year-old's targets had been on the decline since he'd logged nine in Week 1 against the Texans, so Thursday's resurgence, which included a season-high tally in receiving yards, was certainly a welcome sight. With Chark now out indefinitely, Shenault could continue enjoying a heavy workload for the foreseeable future.

Sep 30, 2021 9:29 PM EST

Totals 48 yards in loss

Shenault secured all four of his targets for 48 yards during Sunday's 31-19 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: Shenault ranked second on the team in targets through the first two games of the season, but he finished fifth in targets versus the Cardinals. The 22-year-old had a season-high 20-yard reception but continues work mostly underneath in Jacksonville's passing game. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence continues to struggle with turnovers, and Shenault's not exactly a viable fantasy option at this point as Marvin Jones and DJ Chark remain the more productive wideouts.

Sep 26, 2021 3:20 PM EST

Practices fully

Shenault (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Shenault was injured during this past Sunday's loss to the Broncos, but it looks like he escaped any notable damage to his shoulder and a full practice Wednesday puts the wideout on track to play this weekend against the Cardinals. After catching just two of his seven targets for minus-3 yards versus Denver, in Week 3 Shenault will look to revert to the form he displayed in Jacksonville's season opener, which led to a 7/50/0 stat line on 10 targets.

Sep 22, 2021 2:02 PM EST

May not miss time

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Shenault (shoulder) "should" be available Week 3 versus the Cardinals, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: Shenault managed to avoid a serious shoulder injury after being forced out of Sunday's loss to the Broncos, and John Reid of The Florida Times-Union reports that he's expected to practice this week. While it would certainly be good news if Shenault can return to game action without any absences, it may be difficult to rely on him for fantasy purposes versus Arizona. Before being forced out versus Denver, the second-year wideout only had two catches for negative three yards despite having drawn seven targets.

Sep 20, 2021 10:48 AM EST

Injury not long-term

Shenault (shoulder) underwent an MRI on Monday and is not dealing with a severe injury, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Shenault had a quiet day during Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Broncos even before exiting with a shoulder injury, as he ended the game with just two catches for minus three yards despite drawing seven targets. It's encouraging to see that the the second-year pro has avoided a serious injury, though the Jaguars still haven't offered an official update on his status for Week 3 against the Cardinals.

Sep 20, 2021 9:59 AM EST

Set for Monday MRI

Shenault injured his shoulder in Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Broncos and has an MRI scheduled for Monday to determine the extent of the injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Shenault's shoulder injury may have played a role in his quiet production, though the entire Jacksonville passing game struggled as the Denver defense overwhelmed rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The extent of Shenault's injury will likely be clarified once his MRI results come in.

Sep 19, 2021 5:30 PM EST

Delivers dud in Week 2

Shenault caught two of seven targets for negative-three yards during Sunday's 23-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Shenault's seven targets ranked second on the team -- only Marvin Jones had more with 11 -- though he was unable to do anything with those looks. The 22-year-old is averaging only 5.2 yards per catch and 2.8 yards per target through the first two games of the season. Shenault was a popular sleeper pick following a strong offseason and training camp, but he hasn't produced much yet for the Jags or fantasy managers.

Sep 19, 2021 2:22 PM EST

Gets into end zone Sunday

Shenault caught all three of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: With DJ Chark (finger) and Marvin Jones (shoulder) sitting out the preseason finale, Shenault got plenty of work with Trevor Lawrence and hauled in three straight passes from the rookie QB on the final drive for the first-team offense, culminating in a four-yard TD. That chemistry bodes well for the second-year receiver, but Lawrence spread the ball around during his three series and completed 11 (of 12) passes in total while finding six different receiving options, with five of the completions going to tight ends or running backs. Shenault may end up with more competition for those underneath looks than expected during the regular season.

Aug 29, 2021 3:13 PM EST

Five catches in exhibition

Shenault caught five of seven targets for 36 yards during Monday's preseason game against the Saints.

Analysis: Shenault played 24 offensive snaps during the first half and saw all his action with rookie Trevor Lawrence leading the offense. The 22-year-old wideout led the Jaguars in both receptions and targets as he was frequently targeted underneath. He could very well be the safety valve for Lawrence this season, especially given Jacksonville's lack of receiving talent at tight end.

Aug 24, 2021 9:32 AM EST

Shines in offseason work

Shenault played well during OTAs and minicamp and was arguably Jacksonville's best offensive player, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: The 22-year-old had an up-and-down rookie campaign with the Jaguars' revolving door at quarterback, but he, and the rest of the offense, will receive some stability in 2021 with Trevor Lawrence (hamstring) helming the offense. Shenault flashed his potential Week 17 with six catches for 68 yards and two scores, and he's apparently carried over that performance into his offseason work. The 2020 second-round pick should enter training camp with a clear grip on the No. 3 job at wideout behind DJ Chark and Marvin Jones.

Jun 25, 2021 12:27 PM EST

Excellent finish to rookie season

Shenault secured six of nine targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns in the Jaguars' 28-14 loss to the Colts on Sunday. He also netted minus-2 yards on his one rush.

Analysis: With DJ Chark (shin) out for the finale, Shenault took advantage of the expanded opportunity to finish off his rookie season in strong fashion. The 22-year-old was on the receiving end of both of Mike Glennon's scoring throws on the day, and his solid effort Sunday put his final line at 58-600-5 across 14 games. The versatile second-round pick also added 91 rushing yards on 18 carries, and considering he dealt with sub-par quarterback play for most of the campaign, his overall performance is very encouraging. Jacksonville now projects to select Clemson's Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick next April, a dynamic talent that could team with Shenault under a new head coach to help the latter take a significant step forward in Year 2.

Jan 3, 2021 6:20 PM EST

Paces team in receptions

Shenault secured five of seven targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 41-17 loss to the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: The rookie was the team leader in catches on the afternoon and recorded his second touchdown of the last four games with an impressive 34-yard scoring grab late in the fourth quarter. While the points came in garbage time, they certainly helped to round out Shenault's fantasy line nicely and also served as the longest play of the day through the air for either squad. Shenault now has at least five receptions in three straight games, but he hasn't topped 50 yards since Week 5. He'll look to put an end to that dubious streak in the Week 17 against the Colts.

Dec 27, 2020 2:58 PM EST

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