Seattle Seahawks: What to Expect from Brandon Marshall in 2018

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Just a few short years ago, Brandon Marshall was considered to be one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL. He had a massive first season with the New York Jets in 2015, but things began going downhill for him from there. Last season with the New York Giants, Marshall struggled with injuries and was allowed to walk in free agency.

After a bit of a wait in free agency, Marshall ended up signing with the Seattle Seahawks. It was a move that excited Seattle fans and now they can’t wait to see how he performs for star quarterback Russell Wilson.

At 34 years old, Marshall might be on his last chance in the NFL. He is an aging receiver that has a recent history of injury issues. If he is able to have a successful season in 2018, Marshall could end up having another contract or two coming his way in the future.

Last season with the Giants, Marshall was only able to play in five games. He caught 18 passes for 154 yards and was unable to catch a touchdown. Those numbers led to him waiting around to sign with the Seahawks on a team-friendly contract.

All of that being said, what should the Seahawks and their fans expect from Marshall this season?

Marshall will have to earn his playing time in Seattle this season. Doug Baldwin is the clear No. 1 target for the Seahawks, while they also have a couple other talented options in Jaron Brown and Tyler Lockett. More than likely, however, Marshall will end up earning a spot in the top-three receivers.

Wilson has had a lot of success, but the kind of target that Marshall can give him if he’s health is something he hasn’t had in the past. Standing in at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Marshall would give Wilson a big target to utilize across the field.

Seattle will have a nice balance of wide receiving talent. Baldwin is capable of making plays in the short game, as well as downfield, while Lockett is a deep threat with blazing speed. Marshall is more of a possession wide receiver at this stage of his career.

Jimmy Graham leaving town was a bit of a blow for the Seahawks’ offense. That being said, Marshall gives them the kind of size that they can utilize in a role similar to what Graham had. He may not be a tight end, but he will cause mismatches against quite a few opposing defenses.

It will be interesting to see how much Marshall has left in the tank. Seattle may not be expecting huge numbers from him, but Marshall has a chip on his shoulder and is ready to prove that he is still a capable starter.

Predicting Marshall’s season is not an easy task, but it would be reasonable to expect around 50 receptions for 750 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers could go up or down depending on health and how Pete Carroll and company run their offense.

Expect to see Marshall come out this season looking to prove a point. After an extremely disappointing 2017 campaign with the Giants, Marshall will be out to keep his NFL career alive.

Seattle may not end up getting a 1,000-yard season from Marshall, but he is more than capable of being a difference maker that can help the Seahawks contend in the NFC West.