The New York Giants signed free agent wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the offseason. They got a seasoned professional who puts in the necessary work to be successful.
Marshall is entering his 12th NFL season with his fifth team. He has worked throughout the spring to learn the Giants’ offense and build chemistry with quarterback Eli Manning.
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Marshall is still putting in the necessary work even though the players are on their summer break before training camp.
“He sent me a text yesterday and said, ‘Hey, can we get on FaceTime and keep going over some of the signals? I don’t want to forget everything I’ve learned over the past two months’,” Manning said in an interview with NJ Advanced Media.
“That’s what it’s all about—having a guy who has a passion and a desire to get better, to keep learning the game of football, to keep having something to prove and we’re both in that same boat going into Year 12, Year 14. Always want to get better and make improvements and build a championship team, so that’s what we’re working on.”
Marshall has 941 receptions for 12,061 yards and 82 touchdowns in his NFL career. He’s not resting on his laurels though.
“I think I dropped every other ball the first two weeks, I was like, ‘These guys probably think they made a bad investment right now,’” Marshall said. “I’m still trying to figure out the timing of the hitch route. I think our last practice Eli just threw it at my feet and said, ‘I’m just going to throw it so you get the timing. I’m just going to do my job and you’ve got to do yours.’”
There’s going to a learning curve at first but Marshall’s willingness to get it right will serve the Giants well. Marshall admits that having a quarterback like Manning forces him to step his game up in terms of preparation.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why we have a great opportunity because everyone knows where they’re supposed to be and knows where the ball is going to be and when it’s coming,” Marshall said.
“That’s something I never had to deal with my entire career. I’ve never had a quarterback be so precise in his preparation and also just ball placement and getting the ball out quick. That’s been the biggest adjustment for me.”