Having already been to 7 Pro Bowls, one would think that Chicago Bears’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall has already broken out as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
One person that does not think that is…well…Marshall himself.
While speaking at his press conference on Thursday to announce his contract extension with the Bears, Marshall admitted that he told quarterback Jay Cutler that 2014 will be his breakout year.
Marshall anticipates putting together a breakout year in 2014 and joked that upon revealing that to Jay Cutler, the quarterback quipped, “Dude, you had seven of them.”
Not only has Marshall already broken out, but Marshall is on pace to be one of the best wide receivers to have ever played the game by the time he concludes his career.
Marshall stated previously in the week that he intends to surpass Cris Carter‘s receiving totals, and at his current pace, Marshall should be able to accomplish that goal within the next 6 seasons.
Much has been made over the idea of how much Marshall has changed since his trade to the Bears in 2012. Though, it is refreshing that Marshall is still motivated to prove that he is the best at his craft.
Marshall may be onto something in the sense of wanting to break out. Despite his consistent production of 100 receptions per season, Marshall is commonly overlooked when it comes to talking about the best wide receiver in the NFL–a distinction that typically goes to Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions.
With his comments on Thursday, Marshall may be planning on establishing himself as the best wide receiver in the NFL in 2014.
With a healthy Jay Cutler throwing passes and this being the second season under head coach Marc Trestman, Marshall could very well “break out” once again in 2014.