If the Jacksonville Jaguars cut you, your NFL future could be in jeopardy. If the Jacksonville Jaguars cut you twice, you might as well take the hint and move on.
Only linebacker Brandon Marshall didn’t.
Instead, he was signed by the Broncos last September – four days after getting cut – and was promoted to the 53-man roster after Von Miller was placed on injured reserve.
Well, Marshall now leads the Broncos with 47 tackles, including 35 of the solo variety, which is also a team-high.
Needless to say, it’s been quite a whirlwind for the 2012 fifth-round pick out of Nevada.
“At the time (I was drafted) that’s where I wanted to be,” Marshall said on The MoJo Show, referring to Jacksonville. “That’s the team that drafted me, and I was thinking that they wanted me to be a part of their team, but I guess I was wrong. Everything happens for a reason, but I’m just glad that I went through everything because it made me stronger in the end. But there were definitely times that I’ve questioned my ability as it relates to the NFL. But after I got over that hump, my confidence came right back, Denver gave me a shot and I’ve been doing pretty well.”
Indeed, Marshall is a big reason why Denver (5-1), which has the third-best rush defense in the NFL, has won three straight. The Broncos destroyed San Francisco, 42-17, this past Sunday, and now they’re got to prepare for a Thursday night home game with AFC West rival San Diego (5-2).
The Chargers rank sixth in the league in passing (270.7) and ninth in scoring (26.3 points per game).
“You got to tackle these guys in space,” Marshall said. “They have great athletes. Antonio Gates, he’s been doing a great job in the red zone. I think we just got to get after Philip Rivers. He’s a very active quarterback. He’s been doing really well this year. We got to get our pass rush going and we got to cover. So I think that’s the thing that we really have to hone in on. Those guys have a good defense over there as well. I think we’ll do just fine, but it’s definitely going to be a tough test. It’s going to test us physically, but I think we’ll be ready mentally.”
In many ways, it’s got to be hard playing for Denver this year. After all, everyone on the outside has a Super Bowl-or-bust mentality regarding the Broncos, which means the regular season can get lost in the shuffle a bit. Marshall, however, said the Broncos aren’t approaching it like that.
“Honestly, we’re not even thinking about that,” he said. “Our goal is to get better one game at a time and worry about one day at a time. That’s all we can do. It’ll benefit us in the long run. When the playoffs come, I think we’ll be ready and we’ll do what we need to do.”