From East To West

At one time, Brandon Marshall was considered to be a top-five wide receiver and he had it all. The power, the route running, the speed, the ability to play inside and outside and he could have a big game when you needed him too. He’s made his way around the league. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos, then traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Before the 2012 season, he was reunited with Jay Cutler in Chicago with the Bears. After a few seasons in Chicago, he signed with the New York Jets as a free agent and also played with the Giants. After a season of playing in New York, the Giants released him. Yesterday on Instagram, he posted a picture of him in a Seahawks jersey and that’s where he’ll be playing in 2018.

I’m a big fan of this move because for years, I’ve been saying that the Seattle Seahawks needed a bigger threat on the outside and that wasn’t a jab at Doug Baldwin or any of the other receivers, but having a guy that can be that mismatch nightmare all over the field is always a positive and that’s exactly what Brandon Marshall is. He may not be the elite guy he once was, but I feel he still has enough in the tank to put up some nice numbers. I’ve always enjoyed watching him play. Although he stands at 6’4, he has the ability to play smaller and when he catches the ball, he moves quickly as if he were a possession receiver and he has the ability to make people miss in the open field. He’s a physical wide receiver so jamming him at the line of scrimmage really doesn’t affect him because he can handle the physicality thrown his way. He doesn’t like to go down and he plays with a power back’s mentality meaning he doesn’t mind lowering that shoulder to run over a defender. He’s a true big threat receiver. He goes up for the ball and takes it away from the defender, he’s not afraid to go over the middle to make a big catch for yards and to move the chains and he does things on the field that just makes you say wow.

The receiving tandem of Marshall and Baldwin could be a fun one to watch and I think Doug can benefit from having Brandon around because of all the attention he’ll command from defenses. If the Seahawks can find their running game, the offensive line plays better and the passing game continues to produce at a high level, this could be one of the best offenses in the league