Wide receiver Laviska Shenault will be catching passes from Gardner Minshew in 2020 after getting picked 42nd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Shenault will join D.J. Chark to form a nice duo for the rebuilding Jaguars.
In 2018, Shenault broke out with 112.3 receiving yards per game, as he finished with 86 receptions for 1,011 yards and six touchdowns, adding five more touchdowns on just 17 rushing attempts. In 2019 we saw a reduction in his production with 56 receptions for 764 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 23 times for 161 yards and two more touchdowns in 11 games.
Shenault is a wide receiver, but in a 6’1”, 227 pound frame, he becomes a running back with the ball in his hands. That can give him trouble in the injury department at times, but you know you are getting full effort each time he touches the ball and his effort has plenty of big play ability attached. He still needs work as a route runner, but he is a big play waiting to happen either with a direct snap or deep bomb. He’ll likely need manufactured touches but he is a matchup nightmare for defenses and should be able to contribute from Day 1.
Fantasy football impact
Shenault is a determined player who has the ability to bring value throughout his career. If he can stay healthy, I don’t doubt he is a player who we will draft with high expectations at some point. But, his running back mindset with the ball is likely to continue to give him problems with injuries that could keep him from truly breaking out.