BRANDON MARSHALL #15 Wide Receiver
DOB March 23, 1984
6'4", 230 lbs.
7th season / Central Florida
Bio - Marshall, a three-time Pro Bowler, enters his first season with the Bears having amassed 494 receptions for 6,247 yards (12.6 ypc) with 24 touchdowns. The 2012 Pro Bowl MVP holds the NFL single-game record with 21 receptions in 2009 and is one of three players in the league to have more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of the last five years. With the Dolphins in 2011, Marshall led the team with 81 receptions for 1,214 receiving yards and six touchdowns; the 81 receptions tied him for tenth in the NFL and third in the AFC. Over his career, Marshall has had three seasons with 100-plus receptions, which ranks him tied for fourth in NFL history. He also set an NFL record for catches over a five game period from 12/9/07 to 9/14/08 with 55. Marshall has had 19 games of 100 or more receiving yards and at least one reception in his last 83 games in a row. His career-high of receptions in a season came in 2008 with 104 (ranking him second in Broncos history).
Lou's Call – Bears radio play-by-play voice Jeff Joniak told me the day the Bears made the trade for Marshall, "he'll catch 120 balls!" Don't laugh like I did. If he's healthy, it could happen. Marshall's has had the second most catches of any receiver in the NFL over the last five seasons behind only the Pats Wes Welker. His last season in Miami, he finished with 81 catches for over 1200 yards with mediocre QB play. In three years with Jay Cutler at Denver, Cutler threw Marshall 143 more balls than he threw his favorite target, Johnny Knox in three years with the Bears. In other words, Cutler will get him the ball but Marshall has to hold on to it.
Tom's Take – Brandon is a top five receiver in the NFL and certainly qualifies as a so called "number 1". Only Wes Welker has caught more passes since 2007. With his comfort with Jay Cutler, he will most certainly become the first Bears receiver to reach 1,000 yards since Marty Booker in 2000.
Dionne's View – It's been a decade since the Bears have had a 1000 yard receiver. That streak ends in 2012. Marshall has a minimum of 1000 yds in each of the last five seasons, two in Miami. He's more experienced and mature than the 1300+ yard receiver he was in mile-high altitude the last time Cutler was his QB. Difference-maker, career year all ahead for Marshall in 2012.