New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall playfully rips the New York Giants receiving corps for stealing the negative spotlight.Brandon Marshall knows a thing or two about being on a sinking ship, and now he is glad he has company.
Following the New York Giants early exit at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, Brandon Marshall had some playful words for the Giants’ wide receivers during Tuesday’s episode of Inside the NFL on Showtime through Conner Hughes of NJ.com:
“I want to say thank you. Thank you to the New York Giants wide receivers for taking all of the attention off of myself and my fellow Jets.”I have a place in Miami. Whenever you guys are ready to come down, you can have it anytime. Thank you guys. Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr.: You guys are awesome. Thank you.”
— Justin Witmondt (@JustinWitmondt) January 2, 2017
Members of the Giants receiving corps made headlines before the Wild Card Weekend matchup with the Packers for partying on a boat in Miami on their day off. If nothing else, the off-day adventures of Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis in Miami provided a distraction with all the coverage it received in the media.
Then they made headlines for their poor play on-the-field.
The Giants receivers that made the trip to Miami (Lewis didn’t play) accounted for 11 catches for 121 yards, no touchdowns, and multiple drops. The most productive receiver for the Giants on Sunday afternoon was Tavarres King who led all Giants’ receivers with 73 yards and a touchdown. Coincidence or not, it’s worth noting that King did not make the trip down to Miami.
Brandon Marshall seemed to get a little more serious with his rips as the episode wore on:
“I don’t mean to pile on, but the problem in the first half was the Giants’ receivers. “When you’re in these big moments, you cannot drop those balls. You have to come down with it. They didn’t do it. They let their team down. When you go out of your way to draw attention, whether it’s on-the-field or off-the-field, you have to back it up. We know that as competitors, and when you go out there, and you don’t perform up to par, it’s in the back of your head. I can only imagine what [Beckham] was thinking when he dropped the first ball.”
Although members of the Giants organization maintain the trip to Miami had nothing to do with the outcome of the game, Brandon Marshall makes an excellent point.
If you are going to make headlines, you need to back it up, and if you don’t, be ready to go down with the sinking ship.