Miami Dolphins: Marshall Law Established
Entering Saturday's game against the Jaguars, there were still many questions left unanswered. After a mediocre performance offensively in the first preseason game, Dolfans were unsure what to make of their team.
The biggest question mark amongst the fans and media was Brandon Marshall. In the first game against the Buccaneers, Marshall had no catches and dropped two passes.
Following the game, reporters surrounded Marshall. Flustered with questions about the two drops, he walked away from reporters.
Frustration began to sink in during practice as well, when Marshall again dropped a pass. He immediately grabbed the football and punted it out of the training facility.
Marshall had once demonstrated the same dissatisfaction while in Denver, however, in this case, it was directed at his performance and not the organization.
His behavior worried some in the local media - questioning his maturity level.
The most absurd thing coming out of the media and Dolfans after the first preseason game was this superstition behind the number Marshall wears.
Davone Bess is currently number 15; the same number Marshall wore in Denver. He pleaded with Bess, upon arrival, to relinquish it but Bess refused.
Marshall instead settled on number 19, which used to belong to Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn was synonymous with drops and there were those who believed the number was cursed.
Some fans even petitioned for Marshall to change his number in hopes that would solve the problem.
The whole notion that a number could curse a player seemed preposterous, but we have seen crazier things in sports. However, most curses had managed to stay in baseball and never reached the gridiron.
Well Dolfans, time to let out a collective sigh of relief - there is no curse!
In the second preseason game, not only did Marshall demonstrate why we traded for him but the offense, behind quarterback Chad Henne, looked very impressive.
Henne finished the night 11-14 throwing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall added a drop, bringing his total in the preseason to three, but also hauled in four catches for 65 yards.
Included in one of those catches was a 35-yard jump ball thrown by Chad Pennington. It was on this catch we saw glimpses of his playmaker abilities and what we should come to expect as the season wears on.
Marshall also demonstrated his all around game setting key blocks - one of them allowing Ronnie Brown to score on a screen pass.
Finally, the Dolphins have the number one receiver they've lacked over the years, and this "beast" is hungry and ready to feed on opposing defenses.
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