WR Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 17 yards while being targeted five times during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.
With the Giants trailing 17-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped a pass down the sideline that would've gone for about 30 yards, and would have set the Giants up around midfield.
"That was the moment," Marshall said. "That was the biggest play of the game. I let my team down, I got an opportunity to make a big play and change the momentum and I lost it."
Two plays later, the Giants punted, with Lions punt returner Jamal Agnew returning it 88 yards for a touchdown as Detroit took a 24-10 lead.
Marshall added that the ball he dropped was a perfect pass.
"I beat the guy really bad at the line of scrimmage, knew the ball was coming, saw the ball, at the last second lost it in the light and then I picked it back up and just dropped it. Just dropped it. Let the team down. That can't happen. When you get an opportunity in a big game like this, in that situation when you're down and you got an opportunity to go down and score and tie up the game, that can't happen."
With Odell Beckham Jr. inactive, Marshall was a non-factor in the Giants' 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1.
With Beckham back on Monday night against the Lions, Marshall was again a non-factor -- something he won't attibute to pressing.
"I don't think I'm pressing," Marshall said. "I actually think I'm doing a good job. It's a new role for me, so I'm in the game and I'm trying to make plays where ever I can. Whether it's in the run game or the pass game. I got an opportunity tonight, I got a few opportunities tonight and I let my team down."
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Beckham was back on the field, and I -- along with many others -- was excited to see if that made a difference for Marshall. Clearly, it wasn't a factor in the slightest.
Marshall, who was a ghost in the season opener, saw limited targets once again. But there was a difference in this game compared to the last: These targets actually mattered.
Let's not focus on the drop down the sideline because that is blantantly obvious. He's a veteran and knows he was wrong in that. But there were others that stuck out.
The first target he saw was on third-and-six with Manning rolling to his right trying to pick up a first down. He hit Marshall toward the sideline, and though the ball may have been slightly off, Marshall didn't make the biggest effort to stay in bounds. He could have tried to toe tap, but he just let his momentum carry him. It appeared to be a lack of effort.
Then, there was the one-on-one matchup with Lions CB Darius Slay Jr. in the end zone that Manning picked out and bet on Marshall to haul it in for a fourth quarter score. Manning threw it beautifully for Marshall to go up and grab. However, Marshall didn't do such a thing as he was looking for it to drop in his arms with Slay draped all over him.
Marshall is 6-foot-5 compared to the 6-foot Slay. He needs to plant and jump for that ball like he has so many times before. Instead, there was another instance of lack of effort.
He may not be getting targeted as much as he wants, but Marshall needs to realize Manning is going to spread the ball around the field as he has throughout his career. If he wants to be the factor he came to the Giants to be this season, he needs to do better with the chances he gets.