The player who probably shined the most this weekend (at least from an offensive perspective) is wide receiver Jalin Marshall. The former New York Jet and Ohio State Buckeye had himself a day, despite having limited practice time with his quarterback (approximately a one-month training camp).
Marshall finished with 51 receiving yards and one touchdown. It could have been more, including another receiving touchdown is he could have stayed in bounds during a catch in the first half in which he tight-roped down the sidelines.
Nevertheless, his lone touchdown reception was impressive as he went up in traffic, took some contact and maintained possession in the end zone for what was the first touchdown in the history of the AAF.
Later in the game, Marshall threw for a touchdown on a play that was eerily similar to the Philly Special. In 2016 with the New York Jets, Marshall appeared in 10 games and caught 14 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. However, he did seem to have trouble holding onto the football, fumbling four times and losing two of them.
He certainly didn’t have any issues holding onto the football on Saturday night and came away from the opening weekend as the most impressive offensive performer in the league. Though it is only one game, he is definitely one fans should monitor the rest of the season.