Marshall made some tough catches at Thursday's practice, earning praise from Panthers head coach Matt Rhule afterward, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. "Like any rookie, [Marshall]'s going to have some good days, some bad days," Rhule said. "I thought today looked like a good day."
The rookie second-round pick is off to a good start through two days of training camp, perhaps building his case for the No. 3 spot at wide receiver. The Panthers did sign David Moore away from Seattle this offseason, and it shouldn't come as any surprise if the veteran gets more work with the first-team offense this summer.
The Panthers selected Marshall in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, 59th overall.
This marks the Panthers' first selection on the offensive side of the ball in eight picks dating back to 2020. Marshall was not expected to fall this far given his talent and production, but injury concerns may have led to his slide into the late second round. He suffered a foot injury in 2019 but returned later that season and also suffered a fractured leg as a senior in high school. When healthy, Marshall was a stud for LSU -- at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he caught 94 of 136 targets for 1,402 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Tigers. He has the frame to play outside, but he has experience running in the slot as well and is now reunited with his old offensive coordinator, Joe Brady. There's a strong chance Marshall challenges David Moore for the No.3 role in the offense right away.