Thursday, August 2, 2007

Marshall questions

If Brandon Marshall comes back to practice soon and plays like the Denver Broncos think he can, he’s probably the frontrunner to start at the receiver spot opposite Javon Walker. But as Marshall sits out of training camp nursing a quadriceps injury, that window of opportunity might be getting smaller.

By calling out Marshall this week, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan put him on notice. He wants to see something, and soon. Marshall’s biggest edge now might be that there are questions marks associated with all the other candidates. Domenik Hixon has never played an NFL game. Brandon Stokley is better suited as a third receiver – he has never been a full-time starter – and even though he has looked good in camp he is still recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon. And deep backups like Brian Clark, David Kircus and Quincy Morgan aren’t appealing as starters.

Marshall said he should be back soon, and he thinks he will win a starting job.

“I’m not worried,” Marshall said. “I know what I can do when I get back out there and if I’m healthy enough, I’m not going to worry about it.”

Whether Shanahan agrees will be seen when Marshall returns to practice.

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