4 Panthers players the Vikings should target after Matt Rhule’s firing

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Terrace Marshall Jr. – WR

This one seems a little strange when one considers how much firepower the Minnesota Vikings have within their wide receiver room. But former second-round pick Terrace Marshall Jr. offers something a little different despite his career not getting off to the most encouraging start.

The Carolina Panthers ignored key needs elsewhere to select Marshall at No. 59 overall in 2020. He’s stood out considerably for two consecutive training camps, but this hasn’t translated into a competitive environment and left the wideout completely out of favor with Matt Rhule.

Now Rhule isn’t part of the equation, Marshall could see more time on the field. But the Panthers might also look to move the player while he still possesses some trade value.

Marshall’s size and physicality could be an asset across the middle and in the red zone. An offensive-minded coach such as Kevin O’Connell has endless possibilities when it comes to how the receiver is deployed.

It’s also worth remembering that Marshall is an old college teammate of Justin Jefferson. The pair contributed to LSU’s historic national championship-winning campaign in 2019, which would ease his transition to a different environment in this scenario.

Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn are all playing well. Adding Marshall would be a luxury, but the potential short and long-term benefits are evident.