Laviska Shenault Jr. is a third-year NFL player to watch according to CBS Sports

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During his three seasons with the Colorado Buffaloes, Laviska Shenault Jr. was an absolute train of a wide receiver. He was undoubtedly one of the most dangerous playmakers in the Pac-12 and it was clear that he’d soon make a similar impact for an NFL team.

It’s hard to believe that Shenault is now entering his third season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texas native has certainly been one of the Jags’ best weapons, but it has been difficult for Shenault to put up the numbers he’s capable of considering his team’s inconsistent QB play. Fortunately, it’s only a matter of time before Trevor Lawrence develops into a star and the Jaguars’ offense explodes.

CBS Sports writer Chris Trapasso seems to agree there is a bright future ahead in Jacksonville. He included Shenault in a recent list of third-year players that he believes will break out in 2022.

Here’s what Trapasso wrote on the former Buffs star (h/t CBS Sports):

Shenault has gone about his business in his first two NFL seasons without much attention or fanfare. He had 600 yards as a rookie and 619 yards in Year 2. Solid, but barely noticed.

In watching all of Trevor Lawrence’s drop backs last season, Shenault’s tremendous cutting skills and tackle-breaking ability were apparent every game. He forced 20 missed tackles in 2021, the second-most among all receivers in the NFL, behind only receiving triple crown winner Cooper Kupp. And Kupp forced 24 missed tackles on 145 receptions. Shenault’s 20 forced missed tackles came on 63 passes. Absurd.