The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every NFL team. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with the 2016 last-place teams in the eight divisions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. Now we are onto the clubs that finished third. And that means the New York Giants are in the spotlight.
He has certainly bounced around the league in 11 seasons. Now after stints with the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New York Jets, prolific wideout Brandon Marshall joins the Big Blue for his 12th professional campaign. The NFL’s 18th-ranked pass-catcher with 941 career receptions, Marshall will now team with Giants’ wideouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard to give veteran quarterback Eli Manning a variety of targets.
Of course, there are questions when it comes to the 33-year-old media-savvy wideout. It’s interesting to note that he’s never played more than four years with any of his previous four employers. And were the team’s problems at quarterback the sole reason Marshall fell off dramatically in 2016?
All told, the veteran receiver totaled 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns in 15 contests this past season. The previous year, Marshall amassed 109 receptions, good for 1,502 yards and 14 scores.
But what can’t be questioned are the problems that he, Beckham and Shepard could cause for opposing defenses when all three are on the field at the same time. And if the New York Giants find a reliable ground attack, this could be one of the most balanced and dangerous offensive attacks in the league this fall.