Is anything left in the tank for new Seahawks WR Brandon Marshall?
May 30, 2018, 12:06 PM | Updated: 4:10 pm
Brandon Marshall has been a Pro Bowler six times and a first-team All-Pro over his 12-year NFL career, but the newest member of the Seahawks’ wide receivers room is a long way away from his prime.
Marshall played five games in 2017 with the New York Giants, catching only 18 of his 33 targets for 154 yards and no touchdowns. And in 2016, he caught 59 of 108 targets for the New York Jets. So what can the Seahawks expect out of the 6-foot-5 wideout?
“I don’t know, and I would hesitate to say much of anything,” Jets radio announcer Bob Wischusen answered Wednesday on Brock and Salk.
Wischusen, who coincidentally is Brock Huard’s announcing partner on ESPN college football broadcasts, has seen plenty of Marshall in recent years, and he didn’t sound optimistic about Marshall’s chances to be anything more than an occasional target in the red zone for Seattle.
“I think he can be a big target in the red zone – you know, no Jimmy Graham (for the Seahawks in 2018), so I guess that does makes sense to want to try and add that body to your team,” Wischusen said. “(But) the last time he did anything in the NFL was two years ago. He could not have been more invisible last year for the Giants. … Last year after (Odell) Beckham got hurt, you would have thought that Brandon would have been like the absolute, no-doubt-about-it No. 1 guy, and he was just invisible. I don’t know what he has left in the tank.”
Perhaps playing in Seattle, where there’s still a fever for football in the fan base and some expectations of success, could help Marshall tap back into the former version of himself on the field, though.
“If he gets a little jolt of energy from being in a football crazy town with a really good quarterback … at this point in his career hopefully that energizes him a little bit,” Wischusen said. “But there’s been zero production the last two years that would lead you to believe that you’re getting a really productive player.”
You can find the full segment with Wischusen in this podcast of Brock and Salk, starting just before the 25-minute mark.