Thursday, September 15, 2011
Brandon Marshall: Andre Johnson No. 1 WR
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- Both are big, physical wide receivers. Both have great hands and are among the best at their position.
But Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins has no doubt in his mind that Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans is the NFL's No. 1 receiver.
"Absolutely, he's the best in the league right now," Marshall said of Johnson, who will face the Dolphins Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. "We play the same position. So I'm chasing him. His career has been amazing. I know he would like to be in the playoffs, and I think we have similar paths as far as missing the playoffs. But, as far as individually, he's a guy that I admire."
Marshall is one of the league's most productive receivers, as well. He's had four straight 1,000-yard seasons and caught at least 100 receptions in three of those years. Marshall also is off to a fast start. He caught seven passes for 139 yards in a Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots.
Johnson and Marshall are becoming the new prototypes at receiver. Both are tall, can jump and have the size of tight ends. Marshall is 6-foot-4 and weighs 230 pounds. Johnson is 6-foot-3 and weighs 226 pounds.
"I think Brandon is a great player," Johnson said on a conference call with Miami media. "I've been watching Brandon play since he's been in the league. I like big receivers. I like to watch the big receivers, because I'm a big receiver."
Both will look to put on a show this Sunday.