AFTER a season to forget in 2016, Brandon Marshall has a new home. The wide receiver signed a new one-year deal with the Seahawks today, giving him a real chance to join the 1,000 catch club. His injury interpreted stint in the Giants didn’t leave a lot of people rushing to secure the services of the 34-year old. Seattle decided the 6x Pro Bowler was worth the punt, but just what does he bring to the table.
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LET’S be realistic here, Marshall isn’t going to go out and rake in 1,500 yards. His signing adds some important height to a Seahawks team that just lost Jimmy Graham to the Packers. The other two receiving threats in Tyler Lockett and Doug Baldwin are sub six-footers, so Marshall (6′ 4″) gives Wilson another deep ball threat. That might not seem like an important factor, but the Seahawks QB needs touchdown catchers.
A season ago Seattle was second in the entire NFL for passing TD’s and the aforementioned Jimmy Graham led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns. Wilson can find the other guys around the field for scores with Baldwin (8) and Richardson (6) end zone regulars. However, Brandon Marshall adds another layer of talent to the mix. He has recorded eight seasons of 1,000 receiving yards and has topped 1,500 twice. Marshall never got the chance to shine at New York, but there’s no reason why he can’t be a middle of the road receiver who has some big games and big moments.
OF course, this is all assuming that he doesn’t succumb to an injury again. With 172 career games to his name and his mid 30’s not getting any younger, history isn’t on Marshall’s side. Still, we could see him perform adequately in a smaller role for a longer period of time in Seattle, mentoring the younger pass catchers.
I understand the reason that Russell Wilson needed a guy like Marshall in his offense. A pass-happy game plan and inadequate running backs leaves Seattle with no other options. I believe that Marshall can still produce at a solid level and it wouldn’t surprise me that he had some 100-yard games if he can stay healthy. That’s a big ‘if’ and the Super Bowl window could be starting to close after they had their five-year playoff streak snap last season. If Marshall can put forward his best Jimmy Graham impression though, then not all hope is lost.
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