When the Jets sent a fifth-round pick to the Chicago Bears in exchange for Brandon Marshall, the team hoped they were getting a big-play receiver that could help improve their offense.
After all, while Marshall was turning 31 and coming off an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, he did still have talent. He was a big body, and, physically, looked to be the perfect complement to fellow wideout Eric Decker.
With just one week remaining before the 2015 regular season comes to a close, it's safe to say Marshall has exceeded even the Jets wildest expectations.
On Friday, the team announced that Marshall was voted by his teammates as the Jets "Most Valuable Player."
Through 15 games, Marshall has already put together arguably the best receiving season in Jets history. His 101 catches are a franchise record, while his 1,376 yards and 13 touchdowns are the second most of any player in team history. With 59 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, Marshall will surpass Hall-of-Famer Don Maynard in those categories, too.
"He’s been everything as advertised," Jets coach Todd Bowles said of Marshall, who was voted to the Pro Bowl this year. "Brandon is the same as he was in Miami. He’s just more mature now and he’s older. He has a greater understanding and appreciation of the game"
While Marshall was voted "MVP," he wasn't the only Jet to be honored. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was given the "Ed Block Award" for being the Jets most courageous player, along with the "Kyle Clifton Award" for being the team's "good guy." Fitzpatrick was also given the Ezkenazi Media Good Guy Award, as voted on by the team's beat writers for being the most media-friendly player.
Linebacker David Harris was given the "Dennis Byrd Award" for being the team's most inspirational player. Offensive lineman Willie Colon was given the "Marty Lyons Award" which is given to a player who gives from the heart through charity and community involvement. Quarterback Bryce Petty was given the "Bill Hampton" award for being a rookie who most acts like a "pro" in the locker room.