NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 6:49 PM
Wideout Brandon Marshall wore a black hat in the winning locker room Sunday afternoon, and pointed toward teammate Calvin Pryor, a hard-hitting safety, as he readied to depart.
“He’s the tone-setter,” Marshall said. “That’s the tone-setter right there.”
The same could be said for Marshall.
INSTANT ANALYSIS: JETS 38, DOLPHINS 20
The former Dolphin lit up his old team for 131 yards and two touchdowns as the Jets streaked past their AFC East rivals for a 38-20 win to improve to 6-5 on the season as they ready for the Giants. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick feted his top target, noting the confidence he puts in Marshall every time he throws the ball his way.
They connected on multiple plays when Miami gave Marshall single coverage. Fitzpatrick found his man for the gains.
“He’s a dominant receiver in this league and he has been for 10 years,” Fitzpatrick said. “When I throw the ball to him, I know he is going to come down with it.”
Marshall noted that Houston showed man coverage to him the week before, but the offense failed to take advantage of the opportunities. Against the Dolphins, he hauled in one ball for a 17-yard gain on the game’s opening score. He also caught a 47-yard pass. Dolphins coach Dan Campbell maintained that his defense mixed in enough double coverage on Marshall, but then the staff attempted to go one-on-one with the Jets star in order to energize the team. The Jets did not allow Miami to prosper from that approach.
“They capitalized on it,” Campbell said. “They did a nice job with it and made plays.”
At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Marshall is a hard one to take down. He will pose a threat for a Giants secondary that has regularly given up big plays this season. Marshall knows that for the Jets to emerge down the stretch and claim a playoff berth, they will need to find him as well as distribute the ball to open receivers.
“We’ve just got to be able to adjust to what their defense is doing,” he said.