A year after lobbying the Jets to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall may be "retired" from offering his quarterback suggestions, but that doesn't mean he won't offer his thoughts on the Jets quarterbacks.
And when it comes to the two young ones on the current roster, the veteran receiver apparently likes what he's seen.
Marshall, speaking again on WFAN from the Super Bowl Media Center in Houston, Marshall had nothing but praise for second-year pro Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg. He stopped short of endorsing either as the Jets' starter in 2017, but he made it clear he believes the potential in both is there.
On Hackenberg, the second-round pick who didn't play a snap and was ripped by an anonymous Jets assistant after the season, Marshall said "I love the kid. Big arm. So smart. I mean, from Day 1 (he was saying) 'Brandon, hey when are you watching film? I want to go sit in that room with you and watch film.'
"That's what I love about quarterbacks. That's what I love, like the guys who have that Tom Brady, that Peyton Manning leadership quality, the guys that are gym rats - that's Hackenberg. The kid has a chance. … If he continues to work, he'll be all right."
And as for Petty, Marshall said there was dramatic improvement even as he struggled during his late-season starts.
"Where he was then and where he's at today, you can't even compare it," Marshall said. "I mean, this guy's the first one in. He went from probably 20 percent body fat to like 8 percent. He's chiseled. So his body's changed. He's been around Fitz for a year now, and where Fitz stands out is his mind. So Bryce got it.
"Now Bryce needs more reps, and Bryce needs to go out there and continue to get better."
As for whether Petty could be the Jets' starter next season, Marshall said "This kid, he has an innate ability to learn the quarterback position."