NY threw the ball 45 percent of the time last season while protecting a lead, significantly less than when the game was tied (58 percent) or the Giants were trailing (70 percent). That Marshall went straight from his contract signing to the weight room already had people in the building talking Wednesday, held up as evidence of how serious he is about improving himself and his new team. Marshall lives in New York City and has made no secret of his love for the place.
The undrafted rookie receiver was a pleasant surprise for the Jets in training camp past year, making the team.
The Giants signing of Marshall comes within two weeks of his release from the Jets.
Less than a week after his release from the Jets, he found a new National Football League home and might still be able to continue as an analyst on Showtime's Inside the NFL. The Giants' offense was a top-5 squad when the defense struggled. The team's belief that these two receivers share one major trait - a desire to win - is what is behind this decision.
Of course, Marshall's concerns come off the field. Perhaps the wisdom he's gained from past missteps becomes valuable teaching points for Beckham, who only must show he's grown up off the field before likely becoming the richest skill player in National Football League history as soon as next offseason. And Marshall knows that he should benefit from playing alongside Beckham.
That move pre-dated a run by the Bills to four straight Super Bowls.
Where this can really help the Giants is inside the red zone, where the Giants have not been good at creating points over the past few seasons.
Having a big-time target in Marshall lining up with Beckham, Jr. gives quarterback Eli Manning some serious firepower to work with, and the Giants will undoubtedly be better off for it. He's a big addition to their offense.
"Marshall, who turns 33 on March 23, now is on his fifth team in 12 seasons". That doesn't normally happen with players who possess his talent and skill. He has been known to drift when things start to go poorly. Not only that, Marshall, for the first time as a starter, won't draw all the defensive attention because Odell Beckham Jr. will be on the other side of the field. What keeps Marshall going is that his skill set ages quite well.