Geno Smith: Brandon Marshall is ‘a quarterback’s best friend’

Geno Smith is looking to have a big season and believes the addition of Brandon Marshall will help him achieve his goal.
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By David Kenyon

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith finally has a couple pass-catching weapons, and he’s particularly pleased with his new veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

According to Eric Allen of the team’s official website, Smith said of Marshall:

“He’s a quarterback’s best friend… For one, he’s a veteran guy. He understands the game on and off the field. He’s a beast of a player. You can’t say enough good things about him.”

The Jets acquired Marshall from the Chicago Bears in March, only giving up a fifth-round pick for the five-time Pro Bowler.

Marshall sustained a scary season-ending injury last season when he absorbed a brutal hit that resulted in two broken ribs and a collapsed lung. The 6-foot-4 target ended the 2014 campaign with 61 receptions and 721 yards, Marshall’s lowest totals since his rookie campaign in 2006.

However, his presence is undoubtedly a positive for Smith and the Jets, who will benefit from a veteran leader and another solid receiver alongside Eric Decker.

Smith’s finished a tumultuous 2014 season with 2,525 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, so the third-year quarterback is certainly looking forward to having this new best friend in Marshall.

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