1. Brandon Marshall, WR
- AGE: 32, 6’4”, 229 lbs.
- 2015: 16 G, 173 TGT, 109 REC, 1502 YDS, 14 TD
Did you actually think the New York Jets best weapon could be anybody other than Brandon Marshall?
Not a chance.
Forget stats. Forget touchdowns. What this guy does for an offense is completely change the game.
When B-Marsh is in the equation and on the field, defenses are put on high alert. He must be awarded with extra attention. This means the defensive gameplan gets completely tossed on its head.
The Jets most memorable TD from a season ago didn’t even go to Marshall, yet he had the biggest impact on the play.
Just look at the top of the screen (left side of the formation). Bill Belichick feels forced to put his extra safety on Marshall’s side. This leaves Eric Decker one-on-one and Ryan Fitzpatrick delivers a strike on the flat fade for the game winning overtime touchdown.
If Marshall is doubled, Decker flourishes. If the defense is stupid enough to leave him single covered, Fitzpatrick finds him.
It’s that simple when a true game changer is involved with an offense.