Schuyler Callihan June 28, 2023 7:01 AM EDT (All Panthers FN)
Year three could be a big one for the former second-round pick.
With so many young players on the Carolina Panthers’ roster, there are a bevy of options when it comes to a potential breakout star.
The one name that continues to circulate in that conversation is third-year wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. The former second-round draft choice was recently named Carolina’s breakout player for 2023 by USA TODAY.
“Picking one of defensive tackle Derrick Brown or cornerback Jaycee Horn almost seems like cheating. Both were top-10 draft picks and both are, despite their respective growing pains, certifiably good. So, we’ll go with a deeper cut in Marshall Jr.,” Anthony Rizzuti writes. “The former second-rounder has yet to find a consistent footing in the NFL, having amassed just 628 yards and one touchdown over his two seasons. But given Carolina’s well-documented quarterback (and coaching) woes since he entered the league, the opportunity for him to break out hasn’t exactly been there for the taking. Now, with head coach Frank Reich and the Panthers needing a No. 1 wideout to step up for their No. 1 overall selection Bryce Young, Marshall Jr. has a shot to show what he’s got in 2023.”
We’ll know more about where Marshall stands in his development with this coaching staff next month when the team heads to Spartanburg for training camp, but he did impress head coach Frank Reich during the spring and believes he can be a big piece of the offense this fall.
“I think it’s just a matter of him getting more play time and making those plays consistently. I think we saw that last year with the reps he got, the catches that he had, the big plays that he had. He shows that capacity to kind of be a big-play guy.”