May 23, 2012; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears receiver Devin Hester (23) reaches for a pass as he is defended by cornerback Jonathan Wilhite during organized team activities at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
When the Bears spun two third round picks into Brandon Marshall, they got a guy who performed as a number one receiver in Denver and performed in Miami with Chad Henne as his quarterback. Did they also pick up a guy that can bring along the other receivers on the team?
"I guess it's in me in a way," said Marshall, who was acquired in a March 13 deal with the Dolphins. "It took seven years to harness it and put it in a positive direction, and I'm excited about it.
"This is the first year that I actually felt pressure as far as, ‘I've got to work because there are some young guys and I'm getting older,' but also I'm recognizing how important it is to bring those guys along. This is a first for me, but I'm embracing the opportunity."
Devin Hester called himself Marshall's "little shadow."
"He brings a little more excitement to the receiver corps from a veteran guy that plays his tail off his whole career in the NFL and became a true No. 1 wide receiver-a 1,000-yard season every year," said Hester.
"With the mentality that he has it helps us out a lot to see what it takes to be a true No. 1 receiver. I just try to be his little shadow right now. Whatever he's doing I'm trying to do because I want to get to his level."
Except for the height, lofty receiver resume, and ability to consistently get separation, pretty much. Sarcasm aside, it's good to see the receivers that have been on the team the last few years actually understanding what a truly upper-tier receiver is capable of.