Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be playing in South Florida’s Hard Rock Stadium for the first time since the team traded him in 2012. Last season’s “home” game for the Dolphins in the “home-and-home” series between the AFC East rivals was in London, so Marshall has not been back to Miami since the team shipped him to the Chicago Bears.
"I just didn't understand how they were all over the radio, asking for me to come down there, begging for me to come down there, and once I got there, they killed me," he said.
Marshall is looking to improve on what has been a down season for him thus far. with 34 receptions for 540 yards, and two touchdowns. That puts him on pace for 68 receptions, 1,080 yards, and four touchdowns, which would be his worst season other than his last year with the Bears in 2014, when he only played in 13 games. Marshall was selected to the Pro Bowl last year and led the league in receiving touchdowns with 14, as well as setting a Jets franchise record with 109 receptions.
Standing between him and improving his stats for the season could be cornerback Byron Maxwell, a player Marshall faced last year and for whom he apparently does not have fond feelings.
"I owe him one,” Marshall said of getting to play against Maxwell again. Marshall caught 10 passes for 109 yards against Maxwell and the Philadelphia Eagles last year. The Dolphins traded for Maxwell in the offseason, looking to change to a more physical, press coverage type of defense.
"They traded for him to stop me, so I'm excited for this matchup," Marshall said during his Wednesday media availability. "I don't know him, but I don't like him. I'm being honest with you. I never had a conversation with this guy. I think he's probably a really nice guy. He seems like a really nice guy. He doesn't say much on the field, but he holds every single play. I don't like it."
Maxwell was called for holding twice in the game last year.
The Dolphins will host the Jets Sunday with a 1pm ET kickoff.