Panthers' Terrace Marshall 'about ready to takeoff' in third season
What it means:
Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said that the team is "excited" about third-year receiver Terrace Marshall, who is "about ready to takeoff." Fitterer's comments came during the NFL combine, roughly a week prior to the team's blockbuster trade that sent multiple first-round picks and D.J. Moore to the Bears in return for the first overall pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. Moore had been the Panthers' leading receiver in each season since he entered the league as a first-round pick in 2018, meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for Marshall, a second-round pick in 2020, to establish himself as the team's new go-to option in the receiving game. Marshall struggled to find the field in his debut campaign and started his sophomore season off slowly, but he did manage to finish the 2022 season with 28 catches for 490 yards (which ranked second on the team behind Moore) and his first career touchdown. He improved his yards per target from a concerning 4.6 rate as a rookie, all the way up to a strong 10.4 mark in his second year. The Panthers will still be in the market for additional help at the receiver position in free agency and in the NFL Draft, but Marshall's fantasy outlook has improved with the departure of Moore.