It's that time of the year again. Mile High Report begins our annual 90 players in 90 days roster breakdown. Last year went fairly well, but now through August, we'll break down every player on the Denver Broncos roster.
Name: Brandon Marshall
Height: 6'1" Weight: 250
Age: 26 Experience: 5
Coming off the practice squad, inside linebacker Brandon Marshall emerged to become a premier starter anchoring the middle of the best defense in the NFL. The Denver Broncos gave Marshall a very nice reward this offseason with a four-year $32 million contract extension.
The Broncos scored big when they signed Marshall to their practice squad after he was cut and re-signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars three times in his rookie season. A year later, his veteran teammates we telling coaches that this guy needed more reps with the first team defense.
The rest is history.
At 26 years old, Marshall is entering his prime as an NFL athlete, which is probably why the Broncos wanted to get him that contract extension. Marshall seems to be everywhere on the field making plays, whether its covering running backs and tight ends or forcing a fumble on Jamaal Charles that gets returned for the winning touchdown.
Is there a bad for Marshall? I guess he dealt with a foot injury last year that slowed him down. Not enough to cause him to play noticeably bad, but I guess he could have had even a better season had he been 100%.
He’s 100% now, so look out opposing offenses.
When Marshall was told by a Jaguars coach they he wasn’t good enough for the NFL, he almost decided to quite playing football entirely. Instead, he took control of his play and the Broncos recognized and capitalized on the obvious talent there.
"I was really hurting because I knew what type of player I was and they didn't see it or they didn't like how I played," Marshall said, recalling a drive he took on I-95 South to think about quitting. "As I'm taking this drive, I'm just thinking and feeling bad for myself and feeling sorry for myself. But then I turned around and I said, ‘You know what? I'm just going to keep working.' That's what I told myself. I'm going to keep working."
Brandon Marshall is your starting inside linebacker, whether the Broncos play their base 3-4 defense or a version of the nickel. He will be the guy in the middle playing a majority of snaps for the defense.
Expect him to be big part of another extraordinary run by the defensive unit as a whole in 2016. The road to back-to-back championships is a difficult one, but because of guys like Marshall the Broncos should be in the thick of it come next January.