During the first edition of the 2016 Miami Dolphin-New York Jets rivalry series, Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught five passes for 46 yards when covered by Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell. Before the game, Marshall had told the media that Maxwell, against whom he played in 2015 when Maxwell was with the Philadelphia Eagles, holds “on every single play.” In that early November meeting, Maxwell was penalized twice for pass interference.
"I think the refs did an amazing job the last time we played them," Marshall told the media earlier this week. "I think they threw three, four, five flags, so Saturday night I'll be assisting the refs.” Marshall then pulled a penalty flag out of his locker and held it up for the media to see.
"I'll be carrying my own flag just in case he decides to conduct himself the same way. So I will help the refs out, but I thought they did a tremendous job the last time we played them."
"I guess he probably won't be voting for me for the Pro Bowl,” Maxwell said when told of Marshall’s comments.
Maxwell has quietly - and there will definitely be fans who react to this statement because they do no believe it - become a really good cornerback for the Dolphins. He has not allowed more than 45 yards of receiving over the last 10 games for Miami, and he is consistently being ranked in the top ten cornerbacks in the league by Pro Football Focus.
This Saturday, Maxwell is expected to follow Marshall wherever he goes on the field. The two players spent most of the previous meeting trash talking and shoving each other during and after each play. The same will likely happen again this week as the current Dolphins player looks to again limit the effectiveness of the former Dolphins player.
Kickoff is Saturday night at 8:25pm ET.