NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 1, 2016, 11:54 AM
Brandon Marshall has been a driving force behind a Jets offense that has soared this season.
Brandon Marshall used his offseason trade as motivation for a resurgent 2015 campaign in New York, and the wide receiver’s teammates have now offered him some recognition.
The Jets announced their organizational awards Friday, and Marshall took home the team MVP (named the Curtis Martin Award) as voted on by his teammates.
Through 16 games, Marshall has caught 101 passes for 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s fifth in the league in receiving yards and tied for second in touchdowns. And in a win over the Patriots on Sunday, Marshall broke Al Toon’s Jets single-season receptions record.
Gang Green acquired Marshall from the Bears in March in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Marshall said this week he felt slighted by the move.
Brandon Marshall, acquired in an offseason trade with the Bears, is named the Jets’ MVP.
“It does make you feel some type of way, I’m like, ‘Man, I’m only worth a fifth-round pick?’” Marshall said. “It makes you work even harder to prove your worth.”
The Jets gave out five other awards Friday. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick received the Ed Block Award (most courageous player, as voted on by teammates) and the Kyle Clifton Award (good guy, as voted on by the Jets staff).
Inside linebacker David Harris claimed the Dennis Byrd Award (most inspirational player, as voted by teammates). Offensive lineman Willie Colon won the Marty Lyons Award (player who gives from the heart through charity and community involvement). And first-year quarterback Bryce Petty earned the Bill Hampton Award (rookie who acts most like a pro in the locker room).