Brandon Marshall Sets Hard-to-Break Receiving Milestone

November 22, 2015: New York Jets Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall (15) before the Jets at Texans game at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/ICON Sportswire)
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On Sunday, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall was the hero in the battle of New York: after Marshall caught a game-tying touchdown with under a minute left, the Jets prevailed over the Giants in overtime, 23-20. Marshall finished the game with 12 catches for 131 yards, which ties his season high that he set last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Having entered the day with 931 receiving yards on the season, Marshall’s game against the Giants pushed him over 1,000 yards for the season, the eighth time in his ten career seasons that he has accomplished the feat. Today, Marshall also set a new — and somewhat dubious — record: he is the first player to ever tally 1,000 receiving yards with four different teams. It’s a dubious record because, while Marshall is quickly becoming one of the more accomplished receivers in NFL history, his lack of staying power with any one team indicates the often difficult off-field issues that he also provides.

There are only 68 players in league history who have managed at least four 1,000-yard seasons. Of those 68, only four other players managed 1,000-yard seasons with three teams: Tony Martin, Irving Fryar, Terrell Owens (who played for five teams total), and Randy Moss. This is Marshall’s first season with the Jets, and he broke 1,000 yards three times with the Denver Broncos (2007-09), twice with the Dolphins (2010-11), and twice with the Chicago Bears (2012-13).

Only fourteen other players have had at least eight seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards in league history. The only other active player to do so is the Baltimore Ravens’ Steve Smith, whose 2015 season has already ended with an Achilles injury.

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