Brandon Marshall is frustrated with his progress since hip surgery
Marshall's quotes on Tuesday, however, were a bit surprising and concerning. "I'm not where I want to be right now," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It's a little frustrating, but we'll see... Some people might think I need to be farther on than where I am, so it's a little frustrating not being where I want to be right now and maybe being pushed a little bit."
Head coach Marc Trestman has noticed Marshall's troublesome hip as well, saying that he's had good days and "days that haven't gone so well for him" with his hip.
You wouldn't have noticed Marshall's injury during his second preseason game, as he was the target of all five Jay Cutler passes, hauling in four of them for 38 yards and a touchdown. He was not as effective in the third preseason game, however, dropping his only two targets - of course, drops can't really be attributed to a hip injury.
While the 29-year-old's surgery was the third he's had on his hip, it was on a non-weight-bearing part of the bone, making it much less likely to act up with increased action. What Marshall seems to be bothered with as much as anything is his conditioning, which may have regressed during his time rehabbing. It's worth noting that Marshall checked in to Bears camp at 6.2% body fat, so he has kept himself in great shape.
While Marshall appears frustrated with himself and his injury, he hasn't shown much that should cause concern. After enjoying what was easily the best year of his career in 2012 (posted career-highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns), Marshall has a good shot at matching, or even - dare I say it - improving on those numbers in Trestman's new pass-happy offense. As the only consistently reliable receiving option for quarterback Jay Cutler, Marshall has a solid shot at being the second best fantasy receiver behind Calvin Johnson this year.