Undrafted free agent rookie receiver Jalin Marshall is making some noise in the early stages of training camp, catching the eye of his receiver counterparts.
"I'm in love with Jalin, simple as that," said Brandon Marshall following the first day of camp. "The kid is special, he's just got it — his mentality, his approach to the game, he's smart and he has skills. He's a rookie and he has to work at it and get better, but we'll see."
Eric Decker also noted the Ohio State product's work ethic. Marshall has worked with different offensive groupings throughout camp and has even seen a few reps inside with the first unit.
"I love when a young guy comes in and is a sponge of the game," he said. "He wants to learn everything and figure out what his craft is. That's how you have success in this league because physically everyone's got it. It's mentally that separates you and keeps the longevity of your career."
Marshall, who totaled 13 touchdowns and 1,905 all-purpose yards in two seasons with the Buckeyes, has been getting a crack at punt return duties along with Jeremy Ross, Kyle Williams and a few others. This is familiar territory for Marshall as last season he ranked third in the Big Ten with a 13.5-yard punt return average.
"Anything I can do to help the team win I'm in love with, whether it be punt returning, kick returning, blocking or whatever," said Marshall. "So I keep honing my craft and get better each day and try to help this team win."
The 5'10" 200-pound Marshall is competing with two other rookie receivers and a handful of veterans for a roster spot, but his versatility could help his chance of making the team. New special teams coordinator Brant Boyer is looking to revitalize a unit that finished 14th in the league in punt return average (8.6) and one of Boyer's first orders of business is to find Jeremy Kerley's replacement.
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