One of the biggest free agent signings of the NFL offseason was the New York Giants signing six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
In his 11 seasons in the NFL, Marshall has amassed 941 receptions for 12,061 yards and 82 touchdowns.
With 59 more receptions, he’ll become the 15th player in the 98-year history of the NFL to have 1,000 receptions. Surprisingly Marshall will be the only player to have 1,000 receptions to have never played in a playoff game.
It seems unfathomable that some could play in the league that long and be that productive and never play in a playoff game. Obviously, Marshall doesn’t want to be known as the greatest player to never play in a playoff game, but he knows time is not on his side.
Being that he’s 33 years old and coming off a season where he had the second fewest receptions of his career (59) some felt Marshall’s days as a top tier receiver are over.
But Marshall is out to prove his critics wrong. Not only does he want to show that he’s still a top-level receiver, but that his drop-off in production last season was due to the New York Jets instability at the quarterback position and in the locker room.
Stability under center is one of the reasons he decided to sign a two-year deal with the Giants. He’ll get to play with a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Eli Manning, and a chance to play for a contender with an excellent chance to make it to the playoffs.
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No matter how great a player may play in the regular season, their legacy is based on what they do in the playoffs. Marshall has a chance to change his legacy if he can help the Giants make it back to the playoffs and win their fifth Super Bowl.
With the addition of Marshall to go along with holdovers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, the Giants now have the best receiver trio in the NFL. It’s a big reason why the Giants are one of the favorites to win the NFC.
He has been eager to learn the offense and has even studied with Manning via FaceTime to learn the offense.
Great players make the guys around them better!! I love working with Eli.. . Even on FaceTime!!!… https://t.co/AnaU24VrUT
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) July 6, 2017
We’ve seen in the past how much Manning likes to throw to a tall receiver in the red zone (Plaxico Burress), and with the way Marshall and Manning have clicked thus far, don’t be surprised if Marshall has double digit touchdowns at season’s end.
The Giants are the fifth and final team that Marshall will play for as he intends to retire following the 2018 season.
He won’t put up the numbers with the Giants that he put up when he was a Chicago Bear when he averaged 93 receptions a season since he’s the second receiving option behind OBJ.
But what he does have is the chance to be an integral part of a championship team which is something he’s always wanted.