New Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall already has set a high bar for himself, as the fifth player in NFL history to produce three consecutive seasons of at least 100 receptions. But before hosting a free youth football clinic Saturday, Marshall said the upcoming season is "probably [going to be] the best year I've ever had.''
Marshall, 26, said he will begin training camp "ready to go full speed'' after offseason hip surgery.
One reason he's so optimistic is quarterback Chad Henne, whom Marshall has raved about during interviews in the past week. "I've worked out with a lot of guys, not just played, and his arm is up there with the best," Marshall said. And he's "very smart.''
While it's hard to argue that Chad Henne is an upgrade over Kyle Orton, WRs on new teams rarely step right in where they left off the previous season (Moss to the Pats being the exception). Marshall comes to a Dolphins team that has been a run-first offense, and will also match up twice against the Jets league best pass defense. Without another receiving threat on the Dolphins, the Jets will surely put shut-down corner Derrelle Revis on Brandon Marshall for just about every snap of both games. It is encouraging to hear Marshall saying all the right things. Hopefully now that he has gotten the contract he desired Marshall will be able to focus on football.