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Brandon Marshall: “We Have No Choice But To Do Better”

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WR shrugs off lack of touches in season opener

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If you were expecting fire and brimstone from New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall after he caught just one meaningless pass in the waning seconds of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, he wasn’t offering that on Thursday.

“I was involved in the offense last week I just didn’t get the opportunity to get touches,” Marshall said. “You can impact the game in several ways, doesn’t always have to be with the ball in your hands as a receiver.”

He was, however, targeted only four times. For a guy used to being the primary weapon in a passing attack, which he won’t be when Odell Beckham Jr. is back in the lineup, being basically an afterthought can’t be easy. Marshall, though, wasn’t overreacting.

“It’s Week 1. Ask me that question Week 10, Week 12. Ask coach that question,” Marshall said. “But, it‘s Week 1. We’re alright.”

Marshall has often talked about developing chemistry with quarterback Eli Manning. He said Wednesday his relationship with the Giants’ quarterback is fine.

“We are not in marital counseling, so that’s good,” he said with a smile. “Our relationship is great. It’s not rocky. Usually they say the first 2-3 years of marriage is tough, but so far so good. We are still in that honeymoon phase, so that’s good.”

The Giants, of course, scored only three points in a Beckham-less effort Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

“We have no choice but to do better. That’s the goal. If you don’t it’s going to be a long season, but it’s early on in the season, first week, didn’t perform the way that we wanted to so this is a bounce back game, Monday Night Football. Hopefully we do the right things so we be where we need to be,” Marshall said.

“Every game whether you win or lose you correct your mistakes and you get back up and try to be better.”