EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brandon Marshall made a spectacular, one-handed catch in practice on Tuesday with a defensive back pulling at his other arm. He's made a bunch of outstanding plays in training this summer, actually.
It's just that everything he does is overshadowed by the other receiver on his team.
"Obviously they're overlooked because we have 13 on the other side," Marshall said about teammate Odell Beckham. "He makes SportsCenter Top 5 every day, so you won't see what Sterling Shepard and Evan (Engram) are doing and myself."
That wasn't jealousy, either. … Well, maybe a little. But it was mostly a 33-year-old receiver dealing with his new reality. After a career of, more often than not being the best receiver on his team, Marshall is now the other receiver on the Giants. Beckham is the star. Everyone else is an object in his orbit.
But in search of the first playoff berth of his 12-year career and on a legitimate Super Bowl contender, Marshall has made it clear that playing second fiddle to a superstar like Beckham is just fine with him.
"It's a team sport, so there are going to be times where Odell is going to be crushing it and there's going to be guys on the other side that are just doing their job and may not get a lot of reps or action in the passing game," Marshall said. "There are also going to be moments where they're doubling him, tripling him, and the field is going to be wide open for us.
"We say there's only one ball, but it's enough for everyone. I know Odell said that it's all about that banner, and it really is. Obviously, guys want to do some things as an individual, but at the end of the day, when you're winning, you realize that eventually it will swing back your way and you'll be happy. We'll be fine. And when our egos get out of check, we'll just reel each other back in."
Marshall pointed out that he's played with other prolific receivers throughout his career, including two years ago with the Jets when Eric Decker had an impressive 80 catches for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Marshall had 109 catches for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. So maybe he's right, that there are ways for Eli Manning to keep multiple receivers happy.
The attention, though, will almost always be focused on Beckham, who is both one of the best receivers and one of the biggest stars in the game. But Marshall seems OK with that, too. After all, if Beckham is getting all the attention and the other receivers want the spotlight on them instead, they just have to do something great themselves.
"It's fun because when you have a special talent like that on the other side, it brings the competition level up," Marshall said. "We even challenge each other in our room. When you have one of the best players ever, he makes everybody on the team great.
"But he's not going to keep it easy. I'm going to push him every chance I get. I want my little moment, too. So I try to make me a little Odell one-hand catch (like he did on Tuesday), but it will probably make the Top 20, not the Top 5."