The New York Jets traded for a former All Pro in wide receiver Brandon Marshall last season and he broke several franchise records in 2015. He’s still underappreciated in the grand scheme of things.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been in the NFL since 2006, spanning four different organizations. In that time, Marshall has amassed 800+ receptions, 11,000+ career receiving yards and has found the end-zone 75+ times.
In 2015 with the New York Jets, Marshall had career highs in yards and touchdowns and broke several franchise records with theorganization. With those statistical achievements he was honored with the 25th spot in the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2015 list.
Now you might be asking yourselves, how can 109 receptions for over 1,500+ yards and 14 scores get underappreciated? Well, on the surface his impact isn’t necessarily underappreciated, but it’s all the small things he does.
What is underappreciated is the fact that Marshall does so much more than what is on the final box score. Marshall is one of the best blocking receivers in the game and he averts the defense’s gaze to open up opportunities for others.
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Another big thing that Marshall doesn’t always get the credit for is what he did for the rest of the Jets’ offense.
In particular, his side-kick Eric Decker. It wasn’t too long ago when Decker tried to be a No. 1 receiver with the Jets and failed miserably.
In 2014, Decker finished with pedestrian numbers with 74 receptions for 962 yards and five touchdowns.
On the surface you may say, hey Decker didn’t do half bad when looking at the season totals.
But as a fan you watch every game and Decker’s numbers certainly got inflated on the last game of the 2014 season. Decker had 10 catches for over 200+ yards and a touchdown, so if you take away that game alone, his numbers would come down considerably.
Decker’s last game accounted for 22% of his season totals, so literally he got one fifth of his production for the entire season from one game. As soon as Marshall entered the equation, Decker went from being a lame No. 1 receiver, into one of the best No. 2 receivers in the game.
Marshall still has another two years left on his current deal before he’d become an unrestricted free agent. So the next time Marshall has a dropped pass or perhaps says something inappropriate, just remember, life as a Jets fan before Marshall.