Marshall and Rashard Higgins are both in the mix to claim the Panthers' No. 3 wide receiver job, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, DJ Moore and Robbie Anderson continue to top the team's wideout depth chart. Marshall -- a 2021 second-rounder -- is coming off a rookie season in which he caught 17 passes (on 30 targets) for 138 yards in 13 games. Presumably past a foot issue that landed him on IR late last season -- he'll have to compete for slotting with Higgins (24/275/1 in 15 games with the Browns) , but if either Moore or Anderson miss time at any point this season, whoever slots in as the team's WR3 could yield a degree of fantasy utility, regardless of who the team's starting QB is at that time.
May 6, 2022 10:50 AM EST
Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he believes Marshall (foot) is dealing with a short-term injury, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Marshall was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury for the regular-season finale, but he's expected to be ready to participate in OTAs this spring. Once the 21-year-old returns to full health, he'll work on carving out a larger role after he caught just 17 of 30 targets for 138 yards during his rookie season.
Jan 10, 2022 10:40 AM EST
Marshall was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a foot injury, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's a disappointing end to a quiet rookie season, one in which the second-round pick caught only 17 passes for 138 yards and eventually lost the No. 3 receiver job to Brandon Zylstra. In his defense, Marshall is on the young side for a rookie, turning 21 a month after the 2021 NFL Draft, and he spent his debut campaign in one of the worst passing offenses in the league. Still, it's far from promising, especially with the Panthers facing an uncertain future at the QB position.
Jan 5, 2022 10:47 AM EST
The Panthers are expected to place Marshall (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Carolina placing Marshall on IR would officially rule him out for Week 18, though the nature of his injury remains undisclosed. In any case, Marshall's tremendously disappointing rookie season is on the cusp of coming to a close. Through 13 appearances, the 2021 second-round pick has secured only 17 of 30 targets for 138 yards. He has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.
Jan 5, 2022 8:14 AM EST
Marshall caught both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Marshall turned in his first multi-reception game since Week 5, playing over 70 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps despite teammate Brandon Zylstra returning. Although his production still wasn't anything special, the fact Marshall played 44 snaps compared to Zylstra's three suggests he's in line to finish the campaign as the Panthers' third wideout, aiding his admittedly low fantasy relevancy ahead of Week 18's matchup versus the Buccaneers.
Jan 3, 2022 2:04 PM EST
Marshall caught his only target for six yards in Sunday's 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Marshall made his first reception since Week 6 as teammate Brandon Zylstra was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's kickoff. While finally breaking his catch slump is a welcomed development for Marshall, he still was only targeted once on 41 offensive snaps. Such underwhelming involvement further emphasizes Marshall's restricted upside, but whether Zylstra returns in Week 17 versus the Saints or not, the Panthers may want to continue giving their rookie second-rounder chances to see the field to close the season.
Dec 27, 2021 4:52 PM EST
Marshall didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 31-14 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Marshall played just eight offensive snaps while Brandon Zylstra featured for 54 plays, clearly evidencing the current pecking order of Carolina's third and fourth wideouts. Having dropped down the depth chart in an underwhelming offense, the rookie Marshall's fantasy value is severely restricted heading into the final three weeks of the campaign.
Dec 20, 2021 9:02 AM EST
Marshall was not targeted in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Marshall returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch in Carolina's last game. Although he played almost half of the team's offensive snaps, Marshall didn't get any looks his way in the passing game and veteran Brandon Zylstra again outperformed him, finishing with four catches for 45 yards while playing a few more snaps. Without a catch since Week 6, Marshall has run into a substantial rookie wall that has seen Zylstra surpass him in the pecking order.
Dec 13, 2021 7:16 AM EST
Marshall will play Sunday against the Falcons, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Marshall was a healthy scratch in Week 12 against the Dolphins. The rookie second-round selection has struggled this season, not recording a catch since Week 6 against the Vikings. He'll try to get going Sunday against the Falcons.
Dec 12, 2021 9:02 AM EST
Marshall (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Miami, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Marshall previously sat out Weeks 7 and 8 due to a concussion, but this time around his absence can be attributed to a healthy scratch. The rookie second-rounder actually has recorded a catch since Week 6, failing to gather in any of his four targets in three appearances in the meantime. Behind top wide receivers DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, the Panthers will have Brandon Zylstra, Alex Erickson, Shi Smith and Matt Cole available at wide receiver for Sunday's game.
Nov 28, 2021 8:46 AM EST
Marshall didn't haul in his only target in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Marshall, despite making three appearances, hasn't caught a single pass since suffering a concussion in Week 6. On Sunday, backup Brandon Zylstra played 10 more offensive snaps than him. The rookie will strive to get out of his slump in Week 12 versus the Dolphins.
Nov 22, 2021 9:15 AM EST
Marshall didn't catch either of his two targets but hauled in a two-point conversion in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Marshall caught at least three passes in each of his first three games, but he's seen his production flat line since then. The rookie hasn't hauled in a pass in two games since returning from a concussion, but Marshall at least helped with his successful conversion Sunday.
Nov 15, 2021 6:18 AM EST
Marshall didn't catch his only target in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Marshall returned after missing the prior two games due to a concussion, but the wideout failed to make an impact amid continued struggles from quarterback Sam Darnold. On the bright side, Marshall trailed only starters DJ Moore and Robby Anderson in snaps among Carolina's receivers, immediately reclaiming his third wideout role.
Nov 8, 2021 6:08 AM EST
Marshall cleared the concussion protocol Thursday, making him available to return Sunday versus the Patriots, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Marshall missed the last two games after taking a massive hit from Vikings safety Xavier Woods in Week 6. Prior to the early exit, Marshall actually was increasing his share of the offensive snaps through the first five games of his career, going from 52 percent in the season opener to 76 percent by Week 5. Marshall only produced a 13-107-0 line on 20 targets during that five-game stretch, but the playing time was an encouraging sign that regular production was possible. He'll slot in behind DJ Moore and Robby Anderson moving forward.
Nov 4, 2021 11:54 AM EST
Marshall (concussion) practiced in full Wednesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Analysis: Marshall remains in the protocol for head injuries, but considering his activity level to begin Week 9 prep he's closing in on gaining clearance from an independent neurologist to return to action. He's been sidelined the past two games due to a concussion, but his absence hasn't had a trickle-down effect on Shi Smith or Alex Erickson, who have combined for one catch and three targets during that stretch.
Nov 3, 2021 12:06 PM EST
Marshall (concussion) won't play Sunday against the Falcons, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Marshall hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion in Week 6, so it's not surprise that the rookie wide receiver will remain sidelined for a second consecutive game. Shi Smith and Alex Erickson will continue to vie for snaps in three-receiver sets alongside DJ Moore and Robby Anderson, though their roles aren't expected to be fruitful with Sam Darnold struggling to connect with any receivers besides Moore on a consistent basis. Marshall doesn't appear to have cleared the NFL's concussion protocol yet and will need to do so in order to make his return in Week 9 against the Patriots.
Oct 29, 2021 10:23 AM EST
Marshall (concussion) was still inactive for Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The wide receiver is still yet to practice since suffering the concussion in Week 6 against the Vikings. He still has to clear concussion protocol before he can return to game action and appears unlikely to suit up Sunday against the Falcons. If Marshall remains out in Week 8, Keith Kirkwood and Shi Smith will garner more snaps once again.
Oct 28, 2021 3:57 PM EST
Marshall (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The rookie entered concussion protocol Week 6 and missed a Week 7 loss to the Giants. With No. 4 receiver Brandon Zylstra (hamstring) on injured reserve, Keith Kirkwood and Shi Smith both got playing time in Marshall's absence, combining for seven targets and 49 snaps. It could be the same deal again this Sunday at Atlanta if Marshall can't clear protocol by the end of the week.
Oct 27, 2021 12:01 PM EST
Marshall (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After he was diagnosed with a concussion coming out of the Panthers' Week 6 loss to the Vikings, Marshall was unable to practice in any capacity Wednesday through Friday. As a result, the Panthers' decision to rule Marshall out for the Week 7 matchup comes as little surprise. With Marshall sidelined for the first time this season and Alex Erickson (concussion) listed as questionable but uncertain to play Sunday, rookie Shi Smith could have a regular spot in three-wide sets alongside DJ Moore and Robby Anderson.
Oct 22, 2021 10:04 AM EST
Marshall (concussion) didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: With no practice activity since he was diagnosed with a concussion following Sunday's loss to the Vikings, Marshall doesn't appear to have taken a notable step forward in the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries. Unless he returns to the field in some capacity for Friday's practice, Marshall looks on track to sit out this weekend's game against the Giants.
Oct 21, 2021 1:14 PM EST
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