Wide receiver Jalin Marshall of the New York Jets is eligible to return in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. It remains to be seen if he’ll play but make no mistake about it, he will do his best to ensure he has a roster spot on the Jets or elsewhere.
Jalin Marshall and the New York Jets have two important questions that decide whether their agreement between the two is mutual and favorable or unshared and potentially harmful to the future.
We all make poor decisions and often poor excuses to justify those decisions. Marshall’s decision to do or not to do brings us to a point in the season. Two wins and two losses later, where his usefulness will be scrutinized until it’s proven otherwise.
Is Marshall worth the hassle?
The season began and roster spots were filled. Marshall’s suspension caused a chain of events that now bring into question his relevance. Prior to the league’s decision, he was considered the number two or three receiver behind Robby Anderson. The previous season he was fourth behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.
Even further, he has stood out for the wrong reasons. The catch a pass then drop a pass approach on offense and grease fingers on punt returns is plenty reason Todd Bowles and John Morton would close the door and give the next guy a chance.
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Can Marshall contribute?
Marshall loves his job and wants to master his craft while a member of the Jets. But obviously, love is not enough as he was easily replaced and nearly forgotten. Poor decision making is kryptonite for any team. Perhaps time, suspension and introspection are the impetus to Marshalls’ maturation.
After all, a more enlightened, focused and mature Marshall may be an ingredient for a deeper and more multi-dimensional Jets offense and special teams. Early expectations for Marshall aren’t good at this point in time since he’s buried on the depth chart and there is no guarantee the Jets will even activate him today to play against the Browns.
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Frankly, Marshall should now be in fight or flight mode for the remaining season. That’s the only way he’s going to prove his relevance and above all else, earn his spot again with the Jets.