Brandon Marshall is one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous personalities in the NFL. He has already forged a career in television working as an analyst for the cable network Showtime’s weekly series “Inside the NFL” since 2014. His brand will grow much larger with a Super Bowl victory on his resume.
Many prognosticators believe the 33-year-old wide receiver will achieve that goal this season as he begins to integrate himself into the culture of the Giants as his team’s training camp gets underway at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
Entering his 12th season, Marshall is very familiar with the surroundings of his new team. After spending the previous two seasons with the Jets, who share MetLife Stadium with the Giants, the six-time Pro Bowl selection was signed by Big Blue in March to a two-year contract.
“I have lot to prove. I have a chip on my shoulder,” Marshall said upon inking his deal. “When you get to the plus side of 30, a lot of people say that you’re done. I’ve always been that type of player to use things like that as fuel. I’m approaching this year like it’s my rookie year. I want to try to outwork everyone and do my best to be the best receiver I can be.”
Marshall has a persuasive reason to be motivated. After having arguably the best season of his stellar career in 2015, in which he had 109 receptions for 1,502 yards, both the second highest career totals for the Pittsburgh native, in addition to 14 touchdowns, his numbers dropped dramatically last season to only 59 catches for 788 yards and three TDs because of the overall poor play of the Jets’ offense and glaring struggles of their quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
He hopes to have a comeback year with the Giants during which his success will not simply be quantified by personal statistics.
“I think [the Giants team is] the perfect situation for me,” Marshall said back in March. “There’s a stability in ownership. Since I’ve been in New York, all I’ve heard is amazing things about how well-run this organization is. Now I can understand why everybody holds the Giants organization so high.”
They are being held very high in the NFL prediction business early in the long process of becoming a playoff and Super Bowl contender. It’s only July, but optimism is running high for Marshall and the Giants as they both get a fresh start.