Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes that if the NFL were a game of chess, he would be the pawn "because I'm getting smacked right now."
The veteran wideout has hauled in just two of nine targets for 27 yards through the team's first two games, marking one of the worst starts to his career. He's also dropped some key passes. Still, he's optimistic that he will be able to bounce back.
"So far I haven't been able to help the way I wanted to and meet expectations, but we'll figure it out and get it going," he said.
Marshall, in his 12th NFL season and on his fifth team, has caught 82 career touchdowns but only three since coming off a 14-touchdown campaign with the Jets in 2015. He understands that he needs to start playing well.
"Nobody cares about your past, it's what have you done for me lately, right?" he said. "Every year you have to prove yourself, that's what makes this game so special. It doesn't matter if you're All Pro or make the Pro Bowl or win the Super Bowl, you have to come back out the next year and do it all over again and do it better. So far, I haven't been able to do that."
Marshall signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Giants in the off-season following his release from the Jets.