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WR Brandon Marshall - Chicago Bears

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Marshall didn't look like his normal impactful self and there are no injuries to blame now. While the most likely next chapter is that he has a hot second half, he and the Bears pass offense do carry more risk going forward.

Week 9: bye week

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at CAR 0 0 0 5 3 44 0 0
6 at ATL 0 0 0 9 6 113 0 0
7 vs MIA 0 0 0 10 6 48 0 0
8 at NE 0 0 0 10 3 35 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 113 / 0 rec)

After a very quiet couple of weeks, Marshall finally had his breakout game of the season in the Bears' win over the Falcons. Marshall went over 100 yards in the first half of play, marking the first time this season he's gone over the century mark. Leading up to Sunday's game, coach Marc Trestman had told reporters that he wanted to get Marshall more involved. And that's exactly what the head coach did against Atlanta. Trestman and Jay Cutler wasted very little time getting Marshall in the swing of things. Marshall had a 47-yard catch in the first half that led to a Cutler touchdown pass a few plays later. Marshall played with a burst that hadn't been seen since last season, as the receiver has been playing on an injured ankle since the Week 1 loss to Buffalo. Marshall claims now to be healthy, which is a great sign for Cutler and the Bears' offense.

2014 Week 7 vs MIA (10 / 6 / 48 / 0 rec)

Mr. Marshall wasn't happy after the game, according to just about every media member that stood in the hallway outside the Bears locker room after Sunday's loss. ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reported that Marshall isn't happy with his role in the offense and wants more touches. Marshall had six catches for 48 yards on a team-high 10 targets against the Dolphins. Marshall struggled to create separation in coverage against Miami's cornerbacks and caught all of his passes in traffic. Here's a fun little fact: Marshall (31 catches) is fourth on the team in catches behind Forte (52 catches), Martellus Bennett (41 catches) and Alshon Jeffery (33 catches). Marshall's 56 targets is third on the team, behind Forte's 62 and Bennett's 58. Those numbers are not Brandon Marshall-like numbers. Here's why that's the case, though. Marshall only is catching 55 percent of his targets. Forte catches 84 percent of his targets; Bennett is at 71 percent; Jeffery is at 62 percent.

2014 Week 8 vs NE (10 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Oh, Brandon. Where have you gone? Marshall was pretty quiet in the Bears' blowout loss at the hands of the Patriots. Cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner played a very physical game against Marshall, and the receiver didn't appear to have it in him to step up. Marshall caught just three passes for 35 yards on 10 targets. Bears general manager Phil Emery suggested Monday that Marshall might not be 100 percent due to an ankle injury he suffered early in the season. That's somewhat hard to believe, though, as Marshall has insisted he's healthy. Nonetheless, Marshall hasn't looked like the same receiver. He hasn't been able to create separation on his routes, and he's losing battles for the ball; battles he usually wins, too. Last week, after the Bears' loss to Miami, Marshall reportedly was crying out to Jay Cutler to throw him the football more. Marshall wanted to be a bigger part of the offense. Well, Marshall's 10 targets Sunday led the team, yet he caught just 30 percent of the balls Cutler fired his way. A one-game catch-rate of 30 percent for a so-called No. 1 receiver is unacceptable. His regular season catch-rate isn't much better, either. Marshall has hauled in just 51.5 percent of his passes this season, which ranks fourth on the Bears. There's reason to be concerned with Marshall's production. Here's to hoping Marshall uses the bye to recharge his batteries, maybe get some power and lift back into those legs.


Latest News

Bears | Brandon Marshall unhappy with QB (Sun Oct 19, 06:09 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall called out QB Jay Cutler in a heated locker room discussion after the team's Week 7 loss against the Miami Dolphins, a source said Sunday, Oct. 19. The source said there 'are some very selfish individuals in the locker room.' But it's not out of the ordinary for Marshall to strongly voice his opinion to Cutler, as the two are close friends off the field. Marshall also reportedly yelled at PK Robbie Gould.

Our View: This is probably something would stand out less if Marshall and Cutler didn't have pre-existing narratives that are continued with this story. It shouldn't affect your view of them heading into a "get well" game against the weak Patriots defense.
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Articles from around the web

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  Thomas J. Harrigan - May 20
Alshon Jeffery and the bond between Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall
  C.D. Carter - May 21
Marshall And Alshon: The Best WR Tandem In The NFL
  Matt Southall - May 23
Post-Draft Dynasty Ranks - WR
  Mike Clay - May 23
Early Draftmaster Strategy & Observations from MFL10s
  Scott Pagel - June 6
Julio Jones Says He's the Best Receiver in the NFL. Does He Have a Case?
  Leo Howell - June 19
NFC Team-By-Team OTA Notes
  Adam Levitan - June 20
Alshon Jeffery Is Good, but Is He Fantasy Football Elite?
  Brandon Gdula - June 20
AFC Team-By-Team OTA Notes
  Adam Levitan - June 22
If Health Is on His Side, Jay Cutler Is Going to Be a Top 5 Fantasy Football Quarterback
  J.J. Zachariason - June 23


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