Posted Fri Oct 21st by Jon Heath
During the first four seasons of his career, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall earned two Pro Bowl invitations while playing for the Denver Broncos.
While in Denver (2006-2009), Marshall matched up against Broncos ten-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey in practice nearly every day. “Probably a thousand times,” chuckled Bailey when asked how many times he lined up against Marshall in practice.
“The frustrating part is, I think I taught him a little bit. He’s a great player, he’s grown up a lot and matured,” said Bailey on Friday afternoon.
On Sunday afternoon in South Florida, Bailey and Marshall will face off for the first time in a real game.
“I know what type of player he is and how much passion he plays with,” said Bailey. “When you know a guy loves the game, you want to go against that guy.”
Bailey has matched up well against big-name receivers in seasons past, holding Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe to a combined one catch for six yards in two games last season (12/5, 12/12). Marshall on the other hand hasn’t fared particularly well against top tier cornerbacks in recent weeks, having his high and low moments last Monday when matched up against New York’s Darrell Revis.
Sunday’s game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on CBS in ten States across the country. Bailey and Marshall will be a match up to keep an eye on, as each player’s familiarity with each other will probably play a role in their performances.
Marshall is listed as “probable” to play Sunday on the Dolphins’ injury report. I for one hope he does play, I’d love to see if Bailey can shut him down.