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WR Brandon Marshall - New York Giants

6-4, 230Born: 3-23-1984College: Central FloridaDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 19): Marshall is barely involved in the Giants pass offense, and when he is, he is dropping the ball on one of the few plays that worked for the team in the loss to the Lions. He's droppable heading into a matchup with the Eagles.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The football world is buzzing over left tackle Ereck Flowers and the Giants' offensive line, but for all the wrong reasons. Fresh off a poor rookie season, Flowers has been comically bad in pass protection throughout training camp and into 2017. He's given up four of the Giants' eight sacks, including two that severely damaged second-quarter drives last week and another that forced a fumble. The abject failures of Flowers and the line as a whole have amplified Eli Manning's struggles, forcing him into mistakes and a low-impact "attack" that's produced an anemic 5.56 adjusted yards per attempt. Third-down back Shane Vereen (13 targets), slot man Sterling Shepard (12), and tight end Evan Engram (12) have been the engine for this passing game with Odell Beckham Jr. hobbled, and an engine like that is rarely the sign of a healthy unit generating any dynamism. Brandon Marshall's contested-ball prowesses has gone for naught, and Beckham's downfield dominance could struggle to manifest in such a neutered offense. Obviously, his return is deeply impactful and will only improve the Giants' passing outlook. But it's fair to wonder just how much impact there can be if Manning can't deliver the ball to him. Eli Manning has been ineffective thus far, targeted mercilessly by opposing pass rushes, and there's plenty of reason to expect the Eagles to join the party. Their pass rush is stout, led by early All-Pro candidate Brandon Graham (3 quarterback hits, 2.5 sacks) and stud interior rushers Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan (4 and 3.5 combined). There's enough uncertainty, though, to wonder whether Manning can break out of his shell this week against a banged-up Eagles secondary. Top cornerback Ronald Darby remains out with a dislocated ankle, and the starter on the other side, Jaylen Watkins, was lost in Week 2 to a hamstring strain. Strong safety Rodney McLeod joined Watkins with the same injury later in the game, and both are now very questionable for Week 3. Odell Beckham Jr.'s return should be huge for a receiving corps almost devoid of downfield or playmaking ability. With Darby out, the Eagles lack a shutdown presence in the secondary, and an undermanned unit sets the stage for a potential Beckham eruption.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DAL 48 0 0 0 4 1 10 0 0 1
2 vs DET 48 0 0 0 5 1 17 0 0 1.7
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

The Brandon Marshall experiment in New York has not gotten off to the best start. After a subpar outing in Dallas last week, the veteran receiver will have done little to hush the critics with another error-strewn display. Marshall's most flagrant error came on a deep target down the right sideline. Against Cover-2, Marshall found the hole in the zone between cornerback and safety, and Eli Manning threaded the needle perfectly for the ball to land in the receiver's hands. Unfortunately the pass hit off said hands and fell harmlessly incomplete, drawing the crowd's ire. Manning would go back to Marshall on a straightforward pass off play action, but it too came off the receiver's hands and hit the turf. Marshall was unlucky not to get into the end zone at one point, getting open on a quick hitch pattern and reeling in the pass, only to dive just short of the goal line. The offensive issues permeate throughout the unit, but Marshall's mistakes exacerbated things.

2017 Week 1 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Brandon Marshall's debut as a Giant was a complete dud as the veteran reciver didn't register a catch until the final drive. Manning rarely threw his direction throughout the game as the Giants offensive line was woeful blocking for their Quarterback. Marshall was targeted on a few throws but he could just not connect with Manning. His accuracy was scattershot due to the pressure he was facing and missed Marshall on several throws. Marshall was clearly open on a few plays over the middle but the pass was usually thrown behind him. These plays were relatively short however and would not have contributed much on their own, even if caught. He finally got a catch at the end of the game but this was in garbage time as the Cowboys played off coverage to give up the quick pass.

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Latest News

Giants | NYG could face compromised secondary (Wed Sep 20, 02:27 PM) - New York Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard could face a shorthanded Philadelphia Eagles defensive backfield in Week 3, as S Rodney McLeod (hamstring) and CB Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) are nursing hamstring injuries. The Eagles also lost CB Ronald Darby for four-to-six weeks with an ankle injury in Week 1.

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Giants | Brandon Marshall nearly invisible again (Tue Sep 19, 12:17 AM) - New York Gants WR Brandon Marshall posted just one grab for 17 yards in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Giants | Brandon Marshall quiet in team debut (Mon Sep 11, 01:08 AM) - New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall managed just one reception for 10 yards in Week 1 at Dallas and he was targeted four times.

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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5vs Los Angeles Chargers
6@ Denver Broncos
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Los Angeles Rams
10@ San Francisco 49ers
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12@ Washington Redskins
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs Philadelphia Eagles
16@ Arizona Cardinals
17vs Washington Redskins