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Yee-Yee With Brandon Marshall

We don't always cover everything we receive from the Jets, but highlighting the lighter side is important.

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Brandon Marshall is a true #1 receiver in the NFL. Having 7 years with at least 1,000 yards receiving is a testament to that. The Jets haven't had a true #1 wide receiver since Keyshawn Johnson, you can make the argument that Braylon Edwards was close, but Brandon to me is the closest we've had since Johnson.

There was an exchange with the press yesterday that I just found really enlightening and really entertaining.

On if he had any verbal communication with Ryan Fitzpatrick during his touchdown play against the Colts...

Yee-yee. Yee-yee. YEE-YEE! (laughter) OchoCinco is like famous for that. It's crunch time, we've been stalling, we need to make a play, I don't care what coverage it is, just throw it up. So, it's fun in those moments, it's good, but at the same time you have to understand when to do it because he has things that he has to go through and there's 10 other guys on the field. Sometimes as receivers we don't understand the full picture and I've noticed when you're a receiver who really wants the ball the quarterbacks can feel that and understand that and sometimes you can get them out of rhythm, so understanding when to do that stuff is important because you want to stay within the flow of the offense.

On Fitzpatrick knowing that he wanted the ball by the look in his eye and if that's a conscious thing he does...

That look (is) in my eye every single play, but in that moment it was a look in my eye and a, ‘Yee-yee, come to me, come to me!'

On what yee-yee would look like in print...

Yee-yee, I know it would start with a ‘y', ‘e', ‘e'. Yee-yee, yeah we'll go with that, get some shirts made yee-yee (joking).

I want a receiver to say, throw it up because I'm coming down with it. That's confident.

However one of the key things to come out of this exchange is the maturity that Marshall is showing. He's been in the league a long time and as he explains, he knows that receivers don't always see the big picture. You may want the ball to come your way, but if the quarterback is in rythmn with his #2 and #3 receivers, you let them get on with it.

The role of a #1 receiver is so varied, sometimes you're the bell-cow and you have to carry the load. Sometimes you're the decoy who attracts double coverage to leave others open. However when the game is on the line, the ball comes to you and if you come down with it, you've done your job.