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07:50 AM ET 08.18 | Brandon Marshall is battling the dropsies in Miami. Marshall is in a little slump of sorts lately. He didn't have a particularly good scrimmage two weeks ago, when he had at least one dropped pass. He didn't have a good preseason debut Saturday because he dropped two passes. He dropped another pass in the end zone during practice Monday, leading him to pick up the football in frustration and punt it over the fence that surrounds the practice facility. ... Said Tony Sparano: "I have every trust and confidence in the world that Brandon is going to make those plays."

The Miami Herald

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August 18, 2010  07:54 AM ET

It's not the heat. It's the humidity.

August 18, 2010  08:04 AM ET

Every team needs a backup punter.

August 18, 2010  08:08 AM ET

At this point, this isn't much of a problem. He's proven in the past he's an elite receiver and I doubt he'll carry this on for much further.

August 18, 2010  08:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

At this point, this isn't much of a problem. He's proven in the past he's an elite receiver and I doubt he'll carry this on for much further.

I would tend to agree with you. If Henne is as advertised then Marshall will be fine.

August 18, 2010  08:14 AM ET

Every team needs guys who can function under pressure, and deal with the split-second timing necessary to be a success.

Sign the photographer who actually got a shot of a ball in Marshall's hands.

August 18, 2010  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Every team needs guys who can function under pressure, and deal with the split-second timing necessary to be a success.Sign the photographer who actually got a shot of a ball in Marshall's hands.

Good one.

August 18, 2010  08:28 AM ET

South Beach + young player with big $$ + distractions = poor performance.

August 18, 2010  08:32 AM ET

GoT!

August 18, 2010  08:33 AM ET

Actually, Brandon Marshall was taking the day off. The dark face shield hides the fact that his place was taken on the field by international man of mystery...Zoltan Mesko!

August 18, 2010  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Actually, Brandon Marshall was taking the day off. The dark face shield hides the fact that his place was taken on the field by international man of mystery...Zoltan Mesko!

or maybe LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were at camp trying to coax him into joining them this NBA season...

August 18, 2010  08:41 AM ET

Isn't that why they practice before the season starts? To get back into game shape?
If the owners have their way, there would be one more pre season game and the season would start a week from this Thursday. That would not be good football.

August 18, 2010  09:11 AM ET

I guess with Cutler and Orton he wasn't used to having balls thrown right at him.

August 18, 2010  09:11 AM ET

preseason and practice don't count in the win column. he'll be fine and is adjusting to the surroundings

August 18, 2010  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Isn't that why they practice before the season starts? To get back into game shape?If the owners have their way, there would be one more pre season game and the season would start a week from this Thursday. That would not be good football.

Theres not an owner anywhere who wants to start the season as early as you just said. You sound like some agent with that BS

August 18, 2010  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Theres not an owner anywhere who wants to start the season as early as you just said. You sound like some agent with that BS

I do believe that Fifty has correctly articulated the position of the owners. They want an "enhanced season" of 18 games, to be offset by a reduced pre-season of only 2 games. Now, maybe they want to start the pre-season a couple of weeks later, pushing the playoffs into mid-February, but the overall concept is exactly what we could be seeing next year.

August 18, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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Theres not an owner anywhere who wants to start the season as early as you just said. You sound like some agent with that BS

Hello Houston, you have a problem.
The owners want to play two preseason games and 18 regular season games. Do tell, where do those two extra games go? Superbowl in March?
Do the math and get back to me. And do not forget the bye week.
Next Thursday, Aug. 25th would be the premiere game to open the season, followed by Sunday the 29th of August the rest of the league.
Back up your BS with a something tangible. Try it sometime.

August 18, 2010  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I do believe that Fifty has correctly articulated the position of the owners. They want an "enhanced season" of 18 games, to be offset by a reduced pre-season of only 2 games. Now, maybe they want to start the pre-season a couple of weeks later, pushing the playoffs into mid-February, but the overall concept is exactly what we could be seeing next year.

Exactly! I will wait for him to explain how a year will now become 14 days longer.

August 18, 2010  10:22 AM ET
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Exactly! I will wait for him to explain how a year will now become 14 days longer.

Oh, that was part of the new Health Care law. With the new 54-week year, it will take longer to reach retirement age, so the government saves on Medicare costs.

August 18, 2010  10:30 AM ET

Said Tony Sparano: "I have every trust and confidence in the world that Brandon is going to make those plays. "

Translation: "I expect Brandon to start making those plays. Sooner rather than later."

 
August 18, 2010  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

Oh, that was part of the new Health Care law. With the new 54-week year, it will take longer to reach retirement age, so the government saves on Medicare costs.

Oh! Now I get it. Thanks.

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