JACKSONVILLE – This is the sound of youth. And confidence.
It's the sound of optimism – and to listen to Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. these days is to listen a young player with good vibes and high aspirations.
"Physically, I feel so much better," Shenault said. "Overall, I feel a lot better than last year. Physically and mentally, I feel great. I feel like I'm back to myself. The lights are back on. I haven't felt this in a while."
And what type of player is Shenault when the lights are on?
"Electric," he said. "Aggressive. Hungry. … I just want to win."
Shenault, a second-round selection by the Jaguars in the 2020 NFL Draft, joined senior writer John Oehser recently for this week's O-Zone Podcast. He discussed multiple topics, including the overall vibe around the Jaguars in what is an offseason of change under Head Coach Urban Meyer.
"Every day I see him, he's going to communicate with me," Shenault said of Meyer. "Every day, he's going to bring the energy. He just brings that mindset that makes you want to work. It makes you want to fight for each other and out all you've got in it."
Shenault said Meyer during their first meeting told him if that he liked the way he played, and that if Shenault did "the little things" he could "be something very special."
Shenault, who scored seven touchdowns rushing and 10 receiving at the University of Colorado, said he anticipates using that versatility in the Jaguars' offense. Meyer recently talked positively of Shenault's potential as an H-Back – i.e., hybrid player – in the offense.
"That's how I eat the best – when I'm around everywhere and they have me doing things other people don't do," he said. "That's how I eat. I like to get the ball in my hands quick."
Shenault caught 58 passes for 800 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season, and said he felt he showed flashes of his potential at times. But he also missed two games with a hamstring injury after having been hampered during his final collegiate season with a core muscle injury.
He said he feels better now than he has since entering his sophomore season at Colorado, when he scored 11 total touchdowns and played well enough that many projected him as a potential Top 10 selection. Considering how he feels now, he said: "The sky's the limit."
He then corrected himself.
"I'm trying to go past the sky," he said, laughing.
To hear the entire O-Zone Podcast with Shenault, please click HERE.