Brandon Marshall Exactly What QB-Depleted New York Jets Offense Needs

August 22, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If you saw a play on Friday night where New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was getting ready to throw, there was a good chance he was getting ready to dump it off over the middle.
Dropback after dropback resulted in checkdown after checkdown in the first half of the Jets' 30-22 home victory over the Atlanta Falcons. 
Even with New York running mostly three- or four-receiver sets, Fitzpatrick threw to his running backs more often than not. In the first half, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell each caught three passes; Ivory took his for 20 yards and Powell gained nine.
There was, however, one receiver who provided Fitzpatrick an out.
That receiver was Brandon Marshall.
In just north of 30 minutes of football against the Falcons, Marshall led all Jets receivers by catching four of five passes for 62 yards—five of six passes for 64 yards if you count a two-point conversion in the second quarter. The only noncompletion of the bunch was a late...

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