Laviska Shenault Jr.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #10
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #10
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Shenault recorded five receptions on seven targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 26-11 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Shenault finished second on the team in targets, receptions and yards, and he was out-produced on the team by only Marvin Jones. As could be expected, Shenault worked primarily in the short areas of the field and relied heavily on yardage after the catch for his production. The end result was Shenault's best performance since Week 4. Despite the season ending on a positive note, there's no denying that his season was a big disappointment for Shenault, as he failed to find the end zone and had minimal improvement over his rookie campaign from a statistical standpoint.

Jan 9, 2022 8:11 PM EST

Minimally involved in return

Shenault caught two of three targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 50-10 loss to New England.

Analysis: Shenault returned from the reserve/COVID-19 list after a one-game absence and finished fourth on the team in targets, trailing Marvin Jones, Laquon Treadwell and Tavon Austin. The 2020 second-round pick will enter the final game of the season with 58 catches for 557 yards and zero touchdowns in 14 games.

Jan 2, 2022 3:48 PM EST

Poised to face New England

Shenault isn't listed on the Jaguars' injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Shenault was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, but previously he'd been tending to shoulder and foot injuries. Evidently, he's moved past the issues and is in line to return to action after missing the Jaguars' Week 16 loss to the Jets. In 14 games to date, Shenault is averaging four catches (on 6.4 targets) for 38.9 receiving yards, numbers that give him a degree of utility in PPR formats.

Dec 31, 2021 4:27 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

Shenault (shoulder/foot) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Shenault missed Week 16 after landing on the COVID-19 list last week, but he's back on the active roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. The 23-year-old was nursing foot and shoulder injuries before going on the virus list, and his participation level at Friday's practice should provide an idea of his outlook for this weekend.

Dec 31, 2021 6:46 AM EST

Still on COVID list

Shenault remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Until Shenault -- who was dealing with shoulder and foot issues prior to landing on the list -- clears the NFL's COVID protocols, Tavon Austin is a candidate to see added snaps alongside Marvin Jones and Laquon Treadwell. To add wideout depth ahead of Week 16 action, the Jaguars elevated Josh Hammond from their practice squad.

Dec 26, 2021 5:59 AM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Shenault (shoulder) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Shenault has been limited at practice this week due to shoulder and foot injuries, and he's now sidelined due to the health and safety protocols. It's unclear whether or not the 23-year-old tested positive for the virus, but he'll have a difficult time clearing the health and safety protocols in time for Sunday's matchup with the Jets regardless. If he's unavailable Tavon Austin should see increased run as Jacksonville's No. 3 wideout this weekend.

Dec 24, 2021 8:13 AM EST

Returns to limited practice

Shenault (shoulder/foot) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, John Reid of the Florida Times Union reports.

Analysis: Shenault's limited participation Thursday is an encouraging sign after he sat out practice Wednesday. The pair of injuries will likely land him on Friday's injury report, but it's looking like Shenault will most likely be able to play Sunday against the Jets. Jacksonville's second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft is still searching for his first touchdown of the season.

Dec 23, 2021 2:06 PM EST

Nursing shoulder, foot issues

Shenault didn't practice Wednesday due to shoulder and foot injuries.

Analysis: Shenault presumably picked up the injuries during Sunday's loss to the Texans while totaling four catches for 39 yards and one carry for 10 yards. The 23-year-old may need to practice in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a chance of suiting up this weekend versus the Jets.

Dec 22, 2021 2:33 PM EST

Seven targets in loss

Shenault caught four of seven targets for 39 yards and had one carry for 10 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to Houston.

Analysis: Shenault finished second on the team in targets but was unable to produce anything significant with those looks. The 23-year-old is the safety valve for rookie QB Trevor Lawrence, but the young wideout has minimal fantasy upside given he's reached 50 yards from scrimmage only once in the past eight games and has yet to score a touchdown this season.

Dec 19, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Subpar production continues

Shenault caught four of seven targets for 34 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Shenault tied for the team lead in targets but once again failed to provide significant production. The 2020 second-round pick has averaged 3.7 receptions and 28.4 receiving yards in seven games since Jacksonville's Week 7 bye, and he's still looking for his first touchdown of the season.

Dec 13, 2021 10:53 AM EST

Secures three receptions

Shenault caught three of five targets for 30 yards and carried three times for one yard during Sunday's 37-7 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Shenault finished third among Jacksonville's wideouts with a season-low 31 offensive snaps, though he did tie for second on the team in targets. The 2020 second-round pick has seen at least five targets in each of the past four games but has only 16 receptions for 128 yards during that span. Shenault has yet to score a touchdown through 12 games this season, and his 6.2 yards per target as part of a scuffling offense means his fantasy appeal is limited.

Dec 6, 2021 11:47 AM EST

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

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