Whenever Brandon Marshall feels he has a bad or even so-so game, he takes it upon himself to make all the necessary corrections to turn things around.
That is certainly the case this week as he prepares for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night,” Marshall said in his press conference Thursday. “I was anxious, and I was looking forward to practice. Just getting out there and being able to polish up some things.”
Last week, the Chiefs double covered the 6-foot-4 receiver, and he admits he wasn’t fully prepared for it. And with as much as Jay Cutler has looked his way, it’s no surprise that defenses will be keying on him. But now is the time to get back on track and make sure two defenders can’t derail him.
“They threw two at me a little bit last weekend. I didn’t prepare myself as I should of,” Marshall said. “This week I am excited to have another weekend, another opportunity. Going back to my college days, whenever I have a so-so game or a bad game, I am hard on myself. My expectations are a little bit different than everybody else’s. I always go back to the drawing board which is practice and go back to the field and work harder. I busted my butt yesterday, and I am going to bust my butt today and Friday.”
Though he caught seven passes for 77 yards and the Broncos’ lone touchdown in their loss at Kansas City, a good game by most standards, Marshall did one thing that took away from all the rest — he fumbled.
It was a play where he was lined up in the backfield with Cutler. Marshall took the handoff and ran around left end only to be met immediately by a Chiefs defender. Marshall got hit and fumbled the ball, and Kansas City recovered it.
“I feel like if I didn’t fumble, it would have been a totally different game,” Marshall said. “Unfortunately, that was the way that they won Sunday. We have to do our best to eliminate those mistakes and those turnovers. Personally, I took it pretty rough. It just shows me that I have to work harder on ball security. If I want to continue to be a wide receiver in the NFL, I have to have ball security.”
After that, it’s safe to say that Marshall will aim to keep both hands on the ball as often as possible.
Anybody at Arrowhead Stadium or watching Sunday’s game on TV saw the hit. Spencer Larsen charged down the field on a kickoff, gliding past would-be blockers, en route to the ball carrier. Who knows if Dantrell Savage saw the hit coming, but he certainly felt it.
Larsen laid out Savage, upending and stopping him cold at the 19-yard line. Amazingly, Savage popped right up and jogged off the field without a problem. But since then, Larsen has been receiving more than a little bit of attention.
“It inspires me cause he’s on my team,” Nate Jackson said before Thursday’s practice. “He’s striking fear into those guys, and you need that. He’s got a lot of juice right now, and he’s capitalizing on it. We all are.”
The rookie out of Arizona may be listed at fullback on the team’s roster, but right now he’s hitting like the linebacker he was in college. His five special teams tackles are good for the team lead.
“I mean I knew coming in that he is a good player, but he is just out there making plays,” Louis Green said. “That is a mind set. I am pretty sure when the other team looks at the film they see him coming down and making those big hits that will leave me open to give me a big hit. It is all about looking at film. I try to study everyone, and after studying him he makes his read and when he sees it, he goes and hits it.”
“No hesitation at all.”
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com