Giants release WR Brandon Marshall
The New York Giants on Thursday released Brandon Marshall after just one season, with general manager Dave Gettleman saying the veteran wide receiver failed a physical.
The five-time Pro Bowl receiver, who was signed by the Giants last offseason to a two-year, $11 million deal, never seemed to get comfortable and was struggling before suffering an ankle injury in Week 5 that required season-ending surgery.
He finished with 18 catches for 154 yards and didn’t score a touchdown in five games for the Giants, who also lost star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for the season in Week 5.
Diamondbacks: After a day off on Monday, the Diamondbacks will host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series starting Tuesday. Patrick Corbin (2-0, 2.45 ERA) starts for Arizona.
Dodgers: The Dodgers travel south to San Diego to open a three-game series with the Padres. Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0, 2.79) will pitch for the Dodgers in Monday’s opener.
We’re bringing in a guy from a team that has a lot of wins under his belt, quarterback Matthew Stafford said. Obviously, he’s a first-time head coach, but he’s thought about this, I’m sure, for a long time and thought about how he wants things to go. We’re excited to have him. He’s bringing great energy, great passion for the game. It’s on us to match that and exceed it, and as leaders on this team, filter that message down and make sure everybody is pulling in the same direction.
Middle linebacker Jarrad Davis, entering his second season, echoed Stafford’s sentiments. Davis emphasized how easy Patricia was making the transition to a new staff.
It’s pure excitement, to be honest, Davis said. Just the energy that he gives off every day in the building, walking around, he’s a straight-forward kind of guy, but he’s loose. It helps you as a player be who you are and stick to your roots and just come out and just give your best every day.
He doesn’t have a wall or anything that you have to break through, Davis said. A lot of coaches really don’t, but sometimes when you get into that new environment and you’re around a new coach, it’s always that what-if stage. It’s nothing like that with Coach Patricia at all. It’s smooth sailing and extremely comfortable to be around him.