Marshall’s limited contributions against Michigan State also included a kickoff return that nearly made the highlight reel for a bevy of reasons. Once again, his athleticism, field-vision, and speed were on display. It’s this type of ability that the Eagles desperately need from their kickoff return man.
If you thought I was drunk when I referred to the possibility of Marshall being the next Brian Westbrook, you certainly wouldn’t be far from the truth. While I might be suffering from the same mind-set as an inebriated fan, I truly believe that Marshall’s upside rivals Westbrook’s role in the Andy Reid-led Eagles offense. The fact that the missed tackles were coming at such a high volume merely indicates that he represents the dynamic playmaker the Eagles have been longing for spanning over a decade.
Perhaps the missed tackles, elusiveness, catching ability, nor breakaway speed impress without seeing them all translated on the professional field. That’s an acceptable standard to keep. However, Marshall has the distinct possibility of not only skipping the practice squad his rookie season, but threatening for a roster spot. If I were Darren Sproles or Kenjon Barner, I’d keep my head on a swivel this upcoming preseason. The fear won’t be from an oncoming defender, but rather a scatback from the University of Oregon that offers the same, if not more, upside than either player in the 2016 season.