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Marshall Signs With Giants; Can He Help Manning Rebound?
Right up until his release by the Jets last week, Brandon Marshall had played for four NFL teams in his 11 seasons as a pro.

And he's still looking to make his first post-season appearance.

Which might explain why his fifth team is the New York Giants. Marshall agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $12 million with the other New York squad.

Marshall, who turns 33 on March 23, was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the Denver Broncos; since then he’s had brief stops in Miami, Chicago and with the Jets.

This time, Marshall won’t have to relocate very far.

Plus, as New York Newsday's Kimberly A. Martin pointed out, the Giants boast everything the Jets don’t have: A two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, a top-five defense and one of the most talented No. 1 receivers in the game in Odell Beckham.

In fact, Marshall’s arrival gives the Giants an impressive receiving corps for the 2017 season.'s Conor Orr contends "the Giants now unquestionably pose the greatest three-headed pass catching threat in the division, pairing the six-time Pro Bowler with the dynamic Beckham and promising Sterling Shepard."

There's certainly not doubt that Marshall is an upgrade over the recently-released Victor Cruz as an outside receiver opposite Beckham. He'll allow Shepard to continue developing in the slot for a team that came up short -- offensively speaking -- last season.

The obvious hope is Marshall's above-average strength aids struggling Eli Manning, who has a massive target that can control defensive backs within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage especially well.

Remember, speaking at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, head coach Ben McAdoo basically pointed the finger at his quarterback when asked why his offense plummeted from a top-10 unit to near the bottom of the league last season.

According to's Ralph Vacchiano, "It was stunning how the second-year Giants coach seemingly blamed the Giants' franchise quarterback for much of the team's offensive struggles. ..."

McAdoo cited turnovers as their biggest issue -- and Manning was at least partially responsible for those -- and even cited Manning for causing some of the protection issues that most observes blamed on the offensive line. "We all know that turning the ball over 27 times isn't acceptable," McAdoo said. "We need to handle the ball better, so we need to catch it better than we caught it, and we need to handle it in the pocket better."

McAdoo conceded some of those issues were on the receiving ends of Manning's passes -- too many passes that could've been caught or bounced off a receiver's hands. Some of them were also due to a breakdown in pressure, which caused Manning to lose his handle on the football or simply rush his throw.

As for that protection?

McAdoo said it was "an easy blame" to pin that all on his offensive line, but. ... "I think Eli needs to do a better job of playing with fast feet, and I think he needs to sit on that back foot in the pocket," the coach added.

The coach may have been quick to blame his quarterback, but he was also careful not to blame himself -- or at least not his offensive scheme, which was largely the same one that resulted in two top-10 offenses when he ... It'll be interesting to see how that goes over.

Meanwhile, the addition of Marshall won't hurt.

The veteran has eight 1,000-yard seasons and his 25 receiving touchdowns since 2014 are among the most in football. The only other time the Giants had two 1,000-yard receivers on the same team -- Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz back in 2011 -- they won the Super Bowl.

According to NFL research, Marshall has been the most productive receiver in football over the last decade in terms of both catches (921) and receiving yards (11,752).

So yes. He'll help. He'll also be a guy to keep on your fantasy radar since Beckham's presence as the Giants' clear-cut No. 1 will drive Marshall's price down to some degree.