• Not Jerking Around

    Today, two NFL players brought their own versions of honesty about starting anew this season. Each took a different approach to their comments.

    Much has been written about Brandon Marshall over the years and he has had his share problems stemming from Borderline Personality Disorder. His several run-ins with coaches, players and the public have at least partially been a product of his mental illness. Within the last year, he has embraced his problems and has started taking medication to help himself. He also has spoken at conferences and granted open conversations all media members who have asked. Of course, he also had another incident the night before his trade to the Bears, but charges were dropped.

    It certainly seems that Marshall is traveling down a new road this year mentally while he is going back to where his success began by being paired with his former quarterback, Vanderbilt product and former Bronco teammate Jay Cutler. Hoping to help the wide receiver adjust to his surroundings, fellow publicly-perceived jerk Cutler has been by Marshall's side.

    The story for the defending champion New York Giants is a bit different. After losing a tight end to the Patriots due to some Belichick-ian shady or savvy business (opinion depends on your zip code), Martellus Bennett is expected to be a fixture in the Eli Manning-led passing game. Bennett, who had a career-high 33 catches in 2010 while playing behind Jason Witten, is hoping to eclipse the 38 catches Jake Ballard had to pace Giant tight ends last season.

    While Marshall wants the world to believe he really isn't as much as a jerk as we seem to think he is, Bennett insists that his success this season will be because he hates everyone who doesn't play with him. Whether the two pass catchers are real jerks or not, they both can be key parts to their teams as they make runs to the playoffs and beyond this season.

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    1. Patrick Sullivan's Avatar
      Try it now, wax.

      @Andy - this showed up in the Activity thread before I published for Rich.
    1. Polishguy00's Avatar
      Accidentally published under UN. Article written by Rich Gapinski.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Sullivan View Post
      Try it now, wax.
      Good, thanks.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Those two should get along good. They seemed to be just fine in DEN but I can't help but notice the possible explosion that could happen with Tice/Cutler/BMarsh. They all are in a place in their career where they have a ceiling to bust through from their previous high marks; they should all get along like kin. But the explosion is more fun; LOL!
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      Back in 2008, the Broncos were one of my favorite teams to watch and the Cutler-Marshall tandem was the main reason. I thought Denver had a really good young core and were poised to run the division very soon until mini-hoodie Josh McDaniels came in and ran Cutler, along with everything else that was good about that team, out of town in only a year and a half.
      I'm really excited to see what Cutler and Marshall can do in Chicago being reunited with Jeremy Bates.