Previously viewed as a trendy pick to receive a pink slip during training camp, Brandon Marshall continues to turn back the clock and impress for the Seattle Seahawks.
Coming off of multiple offseason surgeries, the 34-year old Marshall has gradually earned more reps since returning to practice on August 2, seemingly reeling in touchdown receptions from quarterback Russell Wilson on a daily basis. Even if he's lost a step athletically, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound receiver remains a difficult coverage assignment and the Seahawks franchise quarterback loves his presence as a new security blanket in the passing game.
"It's one of those things, you can throw it anywhere and he's going to catch it. You know it's a good thing." Wilson said with a laugh. "He makes the quarterback look good, that's for sure."
With Doug Baldwin still sidelined due to a knee injury, Marshall has taken advantage of extended time working on developing a rapport with Wilson and enjoyed another "exceptional" practice to close out Seattle's training camp on Thursday. As he has done for much of his illustrious career, Marshall has schooled the Seahawks' young cornerbacks by using his size and catch radius, including hauling in a back shoulder touchdown reception against Dontae Johnson.
While Wilson guessed incorrectly when he told reporters that he thought Marshall had the most receptions among active receivers, he wasn't far off base, as only Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals has caught more passes during his NFL career. In 12 seasons, he's caught 959 total receptions, surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark eight times, and accumulated 100 or more catches six times.
As Wilson has preached in the past, the "separation is in the preparation," and he's thrilled to have another experienced, battle-tested receiver at his disposal, especially a Hall of Fame caliber player like Marshall.
"He's played a lot of football and he knows how to get prepared and he knows how to play at the highest level."
When the franchise took a chance on Marshall back in late May, few thought he had anything left to give after his worst season as a pro. Now, even with Baldwin set to return soon, his emerging connection with Wilson could vault him into the starting lineup and add a new dimension to the Seahawks aerial attack.