After starring together with the Denver Broncos at the beginning of their careers, the rekindling of the two has been nothing short of spectacular in Chicago as the two have combined for 218 receptions, 2,803 yards and 23 touchdowns over the last two seasons.
However, not many of the 218 receptions the last two years were of the one-handed variety, which Marshall pulled off in the club’s preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday evening in the team’s 34-28 win.
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Not only is Marshall destined to end up in Canton one day in the Pro Football Hall of Fame because of catches like the one above, but he has really developed into a leader since the trade to Chicago. He is without question the team’s leader on the field and in the locker room, something that would have been unthinkable as recently as three years ago.
The trade has not only helped Cutler blossom in recent years on and off the field, but Marshall has also taken Alshon Jeffery under his wing and transformed the second round pick into a player who struggled with injury and inconsistency as a rookie to a Pro Bowl performer in his second season.
Jeffery’s maturation coupled with Marshall’s consistent domination is why many consider the duo to be the best pair of receivers in the NFL.