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North Jersey Two Step: Brandon Marshall Signs With The Other New York Team

Brandon Marshall has signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants.  Following the release of Victor Cruz last month, the New York Giants have signed an even older wide receiver to replace him, acquiring former Bronco, Dolphin, Bear, and Jet Brandon Marshall. After the greatest season in the modern era by any wide receiver at least 31-years old, Marshall had a miserable campaign in 2016, finishing as the WR49 despite being 18th league-wide in targets. Brandon Marshall and Elite Seasons Age 31-Plus
PlayerYearAgeTargetsCatchesReceiving YdsTouchdownsPPR FPS
Brandon Marshall201531173109150214343.2
Muhsin Muhammad20043116093140516329.5
Rod Smith200131172113134311313.3
Jordy Nelson20163115297125714306.7
Terrell Owens20073414181135515306.5
Marvin Harrison20063414895136612303.6
Joe Horn20043215394139911299.9
Jimmy Smith20013217611213738297.3
Andre Johnson20123116211215984295.8
Cris Carter19993413790124113292.1
Brandon Marshall Career
YearAgeTeamGamesTargetsCatchesYardsTDPPRPPGFinish
200622DEN153720309262.94.19WR89
200723DEN1617010213257276.517.28WR9
200824DEN1518110412656266.517.77WR5
200925DEN1515410111201027318.20WR7
201026MIA141468610143205.414.67WR20
201127MIA161418112146238.414.90WR11
201228CHI16192118150811334.820.93WR2
201329CHI16164100129512301.518.84WR6
201430CHI13106617218181.113.93WR34
201531NYJ16173109150214343.221.45WR3
201632NYJ15128597883155.810.39WR49
Will he bounce back to be a monster producer, or will this be another Andre Johnson to the Colts situation?1 And how will this affect his new teammates?
  1. Hat tip if you immediately realized Johnson was also in between his age 32 and 33 seasons like Marshall, and also left a team where his quarterback was Fitzpatrick, the year prior.  (back)

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  1. PaulC says:

    Giants fan here. The Plaxico comparison might be a little lazy, but Eli did love throwing to him, and given Marshall's historical record of being a target hog, I think he will outproduce Shepard by a meaningful amount. The offense Plaxico was in was a little different (better run game, more vertical passing), and he was the number one guy with just an aging Amani Toomer next to him, whereas Marshall is clearly behind Beckham, so the comparison isn't great. But knowing Eli's tendencies, I would be confident that Marshall if healthy at least becomes his go-to guy in the end zone, and seeing how Marshall in the past has won his QB's trust and had impressive market shares everywhere he's gone, I think he's a better bet than Shepard for 2017. Beyond that, Shepard's youth might make him the better pick in dynasty, but I think it's highly unlikely Marshall will bust from a performance standpoint. Given his age and body type, injuries are the big risk, but if the price isn't bad, I think he's a great pick next year.

  2. JLaps says:

    Giants fan here too, and I completely agree. Having watched a decent amount of the Jets last year I think Marshall's poor numbers were more the result of poor QB play than anything. He did have some drops, and there's a non-zero chance he is starting to fall off the age cliff and this turns out poorly, but if he's got anything left in the tank I would expect him to usurp Shepard as the WR2 in that offense, especially if the Giants don't upgrade at TE.

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