Brandon Marshall (linebacker)
Brandon Markeith Marshall (born September 10, 1989) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, out of the University of Nevada, Reno.
Marshall with the Denver Broncos in 2014
|Born:||September 10, 1989|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Player stats at PFR|
High school careerEdit
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Marshall attended its Cimarron-Memorial High School, where he played football and was also a member of the track & field team. In football, he was named a first team All-Sunset Conference as a linebacker and tight end. Marshall was named second team all-state as a linebacker, and was also a two-time all-league on offensive and defense. For his career, on defense, he recorded 68 tackles, 13 sacks, 57 quarterback hurries, four fumble recoveries and one interception. On offense, Marshall recorded 10 touchdowns, while recording 691 yards as a running back and 95 receiving yards as a tight end.
Marshall attended the University of Nevada, where he majored in criminal justice. He redshirted as a freshman in 2007, and played in every game in 2008, starting six. For the season, he recorded 33 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss, two sacks, one interception, and two pass break-ups. In 2009, he started every game at outside linebacker, ranked third on the team with 61 tackles and fourth with 9.5 tackles-for-loss. Marshall also recorded one sack one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and four pass break-ups. For the season he was named second team All-WAC by Phil Steele and was named fourth team. In 2010, Marshall started all 13 games and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. For the season, he finished sixth on the team with 63 tackles. He also recorded eight tackles-for-loss, one sack and two interceptions.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 3⁄8 in
|33 3⁄4 in
|10 3⁄8 in
|4.81 s||1.71 s||2.82 s||4.09 s||7.05 s||30 1⁄2 in
|9 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine.|
Throughout training camp, Marshall competed to be a backup linebacker against Kyle Bosworth and Russell Allen. Head coach Mike Mularkey named Marshall the backup left outside linebacker, behind Daryl Smith, to begin the regular season.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Jacksonville Jaguars' season-opener at the Minnesota Vikings and made one solo tackle in their 26-23 loss. Marshall made his first career tackle on a 28-yard kick return by wide receiver Percy Harvin in the first quarter. On October 27, 2012, the Jacksonville Jaguars released Marshall, but re-signed him three days later. On November 1, 2012, Marshall was released by the Jaguars, but was re-signed to the team's practice squad on November 5, 2012. On December 18, 2012, Marshall was promoted to the active roster. He finished his rookie season in 2012 with two combined tackles (one solo) in five games and zero starts.
On January 10, 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Mike Mularkey after they finished with a 2-14 record in 2012. Throughout training camp, he competed to be a starting outside linebacker against Geno Hayes, J. T. Thomas, Kyle Knox, and LaRoy Reynolds. On August 30, 2013, the Jacksonville Jaguars released Marshall as part of their roster cuts.
On September 2, 2013, the Denver Broncos signed Marshall to their practice squad. On December 24, 2013, Marshall was promoted to the 53-man active roster after the Broncos placed Von Miller on injured reserve. Upon joining the active roster, head coach John Fox named Marshall the backup strongside linebacker behind Nate Irving. On December 29, 2013, Marshall made his Denver Broncos debut and made two solo tackles during a 34–14 victory at the Oakland Raiders in Week 17. He finished the regular season with two solo tackles in one game.
The Denver Broncos finished first in the AFC West with a 13–3 record, clinching a playoff berth and a first round bye. On January 12, 2014, Marshall appeared in his first career playoff game as the Broncos' defeated the San Diego Chargers 24–17 in the AFC Divisional Round. The Broncos reached the Super Bowl after defeating the New England Patriots 26–16 in the AFC Championship Game. On February 2, 2014, Marshall appeared in Super Bowl XLVIII and recorded one solo tackle as the Broncos lost 43–8 to the Seattle Seahawks.
Throughout training camp, Marshall competed to be a starting outside linebacker against Steven Johnson, Lamin Barrow, Corey Nelson and Shaquil Barrett. Head coach John Fox named Marshall the starting weakside linebacker to start the regular season after Danny Trevathan sustained a fractured tibia during their first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.
He made his first career start in the Denver Broncos' season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded nine combined tackles (seven solo) and a pass deflection in their 31–24 win. The following week, Marshall recorded eight combined tackles, deflected a pass, forced a fumble, and made his first career sack during a 24–17 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Marshall sacked quarterback Alex Smith for a five-yard loss in the fourth quarter and forced a fumble by running back Knile Davis. On November 16, 2014, he collected a season-high 15 combined tackles (13 solo) in the Broncos' 22–7 loss at the St. Louis Rams. In Week 14, Marshall recorded nine solo tackles, a season-high three pass deflections, and made his first career interception in the Broncos' 24–17 win against the Buffalo Bills. Marshall intercepted a pass attempt by quarterback Kyle Orton, that was intended for tight end Scott Chandler, in the third quarter. Marshall sustained a lisfranc fracture to his foot during a Week 15 victory at the San Diego Chargers and was inactive for the last two games of the regular season (Weeks 16–17). He finished the 2014 season with a career-high 113 combined tackles (91 solo), nine combined tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception in 14 games and 13 starts. His 113 combined tackles led the team.
The Denver Broncos finished first in the AFC West with a 12–4 record and earned a first round bye. On January 11, 2015, Marshall started in his first career playoff game and made six combined tackles in their 24–13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Round.
On January 12, 2015, head coach John Fox and the Denver Broncos agreed to mutually part ways. On January 28, 2015, the Denver Broncos hired Wade Phillips as their new defensive coordinator after Jack Del Rio accepted the head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders. Marshall was moved to inside linebacker after the base defense was changed from a 4-3 defense to a base 3-4 defense. Marshall entered training camp slated as a starting inside linebacker. Head coach Gary Kubiak officially named Marshall and Danny Trevathan the starting inside linebackers to start the regular season, alongside outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller.
He started in the Denver Broncos' season-opener against the Baltimore Ravens and recorded seven combined tackles, deflected a pass, and sacked quarterback Joe Flacco in their 19–13 victory. In Week 3, he collected a season-high 12 combined tackles (11 solo) during a 24–12 victory at the Detroit Lions. On December 20, 2015, Marshall recorded seven combined tackles, a pass deflection, and an interception during a 34–27 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 15. Marshall intercepted a pass by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that was intended for running back DeAngelo Williams, in the fourth quarter with the Broncos losing 34–27 with two minutes remaining. Unfortunately, the Broncos' offense were unable to capatilize and lost after going four and out. Marshall started all 16 games and made 102 combined tackles (77 solo), four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, and an interception. He also finished second on the team in tackles.
The Denver Broncos finished first in the AFC West with a 12–4 record and clinched a first round bye and home-field advantage. They reached the Super Bowl after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 in the AFC Divisional Round and the New England Patriots 20–18 in the AFC Championship Game. On February 7, 2016, Marshall started in Super Bowl 50 and made five combined tackles as the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10.
On September 8, 2016, Marshall became the third NFL player to join in protest of American police brutality and racism by kneeling during the national anthem before the season opener against the Carolina Panthers. As a result, on September 10, Air Academy Federal Credit Union dropped an advertising endorsement deal with Marshall. On September 14, 2016, in a Super Bowl 50 rematch in the 2016 regular season opener, Marshall was fined $24,309 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton.
In 2017, Marshall started all 16 games, recording a team-leading 106 combined tackles, a career-high three sacks, four passes defensed and a forced fumble.
In 2018, Marshall played in 11 games with seven starts, recording 42 combined tackles.
On February 15, 2019, the Broncos declined the option on Marshall's contract, making him a free agent at the start of the new league year.
On March 28, 2019, Marshall signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders. He was released during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019. On October 29, 2019, the Raiders re-signed Marshall, but was released six days later.
Marshall is the son of Barbara Marshall. He has an older sister, Sandra, and an older brother, Marcus.
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