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Week 1 vs. BUF
Receiving: 8 / 53 / 0 on 13 targets
Marshall was getting open at will early on short routes and tacking on yards with his patented tough and creative running after the catch, but almost of all of his catches were close to the line of scrimmage. Marshall did get way behind the defense on what should have been a 54-yard TD, but he dropped a severely underthrown ball. He was by far Henne's most targeted receiver early, so he should live up to his WR1 billing in PPR leagues.
Week 2 vs. MIN
Receiving: 4 / 71 / 0 on 8 targets
On the Dolphins first offensive play, Marshall went deep, had a step on his man, and caught the perfect throw in stride for a 46 yard gain. Marshall and Henne appear to have improved their chemistry somewhat, though they're not all the way there yet. Because the Dolphins had the lead all day, the passing game overall was pretty quiet. But Marshall looked good, and has better days ahead.
Week 3 vs. NYJ
Rushing: 2 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 10 / 166 / 1 on 17 targets
For a great deal of the first half, the Jets secondary did a good job of taking Marshall out of the equation, or at least limiting his impact, with frequent double coverage.
The Dolphins did two things to free Marshall up and get him involved. First, they had him take a few snaps at running back. While he didn't do too much, it was a good way for the team to tell him 'yes, we know you're here and we'll get you the ball'. It's always critical to get your main weapons involved as early and often as possible.
Second, the team targeted other receivers and made the Jets pay until they had to remove the double coverage on occasion. Once the Jets adjusted, Marshall showed why Miami was willing to give up so much to the talented wide receiver. Henne found his pace and once he saw Marshall was getting a little open, threw to him very often.
Marshall really got going second half and his touchdown reception was the result of a fantastic effort to bull to the goal line after the catch. He also showed great presence and effort in preventing Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie from picking off a pass in the end zone, allowing the Phins to keep possession and kick a field goal.
Henne and Marshall are beginning to sync up and as this game showed, the two look like they will be a very productive pair.
Week 4 vs. NE
Receiving: 5 / 50 / 0 on 8 targets
The Dolphins star wide out was silent in the first half and was thrown to just once as Davone Bess stole all the first half highlights. His first catch didn't come until the 3rd quarter and his contribution came too little, too late to make a mark. When he did get involved in the passing attack, he looked agile, determined and strong. His lengthy stride and strong sharp cuts tonight, made him a standout on the field every time he touched the ball and the Dolphins simply can't afford to leave him out of the game plan early on as they did in this contest.
Week 6 vs. GB
Receiving: 10 / 127 / 0 on 17 targets
Marshall looked sharp right from the start, with three catches on the first drive alone, and 102 yards in the first half. He had an uncanny knack for getting to the ball, but even so, in double coverage he found the going tougher as the game wore on. Marshall nearly hauled in a deep ball in the back of the end zone, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to even have a chance at it, but couldn't stay in bounds, though he did make the catch.
Week 7 vs. PIT
Receiving: 5 / 57 / 0 on 9 targets
Marshall made some tough catches in traffic, and the offensive line was good enough to give him time to get downfield, so expect better weeks ahead. The defense keyed on him most of the time, and so Chad Henne was forced to spread the ball out more than usual. Henne still forced the ball to Marshall in some tight situations, and Marshall rewarded him with the catch. He nearly had a touchdown, too, but didn't push off his man quickly enough to get to the ball on a timing pattern in the end zone.
Week 8 vs. CIN
Receiving: 5 / 64 / 0 on 7 targets
Was given mostly short passes and routes to capitalize on. Marshall has been very workman like and doesn't seem to complain much even when he is not the complete focus of the offense. What Marshall does really well too is making those around him better. And that is the frustrating part of the Miami offense. Marshall had 1 catch for 20 yards on the 1st drive within the 1st couple plays and then they didn't call his number again until the 3rd quarter. Some of that is on Henne but Marshall is your playmaker, get him the ball. 5 of his targets came in the 3rd quarter on 2 separate drives. Certainly would have liked to see him be more involved in the offense early on.
Week 9 vs. BAL
Receiving: 5 / 30 / 0 on 8 targets
As you can see Marshall didn't catch any balls downfield although he did turn a 21 yd play out of one reception so that leaves about a 2 yd avg on his remaining 4 catches. Baltimore rolled double coverage over the top of him all day, primarily a deep double zone and Miami was never really able to exploit this with underneath routes. Again the coaching has to be called into question and you also have to give the Ravens some credit here.
Week 10 vs. TEN
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Receiving: 3 / 34 / 0 on 7 targets
Marshall had a big 16 yard catch on Thigpen's long drive. He ran an out pattern and Thigpen put the ball on the money for 16 yards. Other than that play, there wasn't much else for Marshall, as the Titans blanketed him with coverage. On this day Hartline and Fasano did the most damage and Marshall did a nice job of being the decoy. He did have a lob thrown to him in the endzone, but Cortland Finnegan made a tremendous play, and Marhsall was unable to pull it down. He also got into the mix out of the wildcat, and he came behind Ronnie Brown, took the handoff and fired an impressive ball way downfield. unfortunately he threw it into triple coverage and was lucky not to have it intercepted.
Week 11 vs. CHI
Receiving: 3 / 41 / 0 on 6 targets
Some of his highlights include a 15 yard personal foul penalty for taunting Jay Cutler along the sidelines after he made a simple catch. A few plays later on the same drive he dropped a ball and then stared around for a referee flag that never came. Then the final cherry on the sundae was him spinning around at midfield and blowing out his hamstring for the rest of the game then watching the game in street clothes from the sidelines for the whole 2nd half.
Week 14 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 2 / 16 / 1 on 6 targets
Marshall didn't have much success against the Jets, but his one big success was a game-winner. In the middle of the first quarter, the Jets lined up linebacker Bart Scott against Marshall, who slipped past him and found a seam between Scott and defensive back Eric Smith. Henne hit him with a quick pass and Marshall easily went in for the touchdown. Since the Jets never found the end zone, it was the difference in the game.
Week 15 vs. BUF
Receiving: 11 / 106 / 1 on 12 targets
Looks all the way back from his pulled hammy a few weeks ago. Doesn't seem to be asked to run many long patterns but was very efficient underneath throughout the game. Marshall can gain separation in limited space which is very difficult for a lot of wide receivers in the NFL. He was a bright spot on overall dismal day for most Miami players. This was the 2nd game in a row Marshall scored a touchdown but only his 3rd overall for the season.
Week 16 vs. DET
Receiving: 10 / 102 / 0 on 16 targets
Brandon Marshall was every big the fantasy stud that you would expect of him in this game. Unfortunately he failed to get into the end zone again. Marshall made some great catches, running precise side-line and come-back routes and reaching behind himself several times when Henne had underthrown him. His longest reception was just 14 yards at the start of the second quarter, where he ran a come-back route and faked Nathan Vasher into thinking he was going deep. Marshall was wide open and caught the ball after about 10 yards, and was able to break up field for another four. Four plays later, he caught another come-back route just short of the first down market, but stretched the ball out to give the Dolphins the first down. Even without the trip to the end zone, Marshall proved that he is worth every penny that the Dolphins are paying for him.
Week 17 vs. NE
Receiving: 5 / 97 / 0 on 12 targets
e threw his QB under the bus on Sunday and revealed they were not on the same page very often this season. I look at the coaching staff as the scapegoat honestly. He came close to breaking the Miami single season reception record but fell short of O.J. McDuffie's team record of 90 balls. Marshall likely would have broken that record had he not missed a couple games with a sore hamstring. Marshall was decent on Sunday but with the chaos and the 38-7 drubbing it's hard to give him too much credit in the loss.