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Brandon Marshall thrills Jets, Geno Smith with his skills

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall advances upfield after

Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall advances upfield after a reception during the Green and White practice at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Geno Smith can't help but be excited. The arrival of Brandon Marshall has added some star power to the Jets' receiving corps, and Saturday's Green and White practice was a perfect example.

"I think tonight was a glimpse of it," Smith said, referring to Marshall's skill set. "His physical nature in the red zone. He's a guy that's hard to guard one-on-one, so he'll maybe draw some double-teams that can open up some things in the running game or open up some things for the other [receivers]."

"But we have to see. We have to keep working. The expectations are definitely high around here but it's a long process that we've got to go through."

The 6-4, 230-pound Marshall hauled in two touchdown passes at MetLife Stadium -- a 35-yarder against Antonio Cromartie and a 1-yarder against Darrelle Revis.

As for whether or not Marshall pushed off on Cromartie, he insisted he didn't. "Yeah, I would [admit it if I did," he said. "I'm a transparent person."

Despite a slow start for the offense, the unit rebounded in the latter stages of practice, and the Jets are eager to see what the future brings with Marshall on their side.

"Man, I think it's exciting for all of us," Smith said. "Not just for myself, but for this offense, for this team, the fans, the community. Everyone gets a chance to see what he brings to this offense."

Added Marshall: "Geno's doing a great job of developing that [rapport] with everybody on the offense. And we need that. As long as we can get better every single day, I think we'll have a chance."

Jet streams

Wide receiver Walt Powell had a 65-yard touchdown catch and running back Bilal Powell added a 39-yard run . . . Powell later suffered a groin injury and wide receiver T.J. Graham and tight end Steve Maneri suffered hamstring injuries. Running back Zac Stacy appeared to tweak an ankle after fumbling near the goal line . . . Defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) and wide receiver Shaq Evans (bruised ribs) did not practice. It was the fifth straight missed practice for Wilkerson . . . According to the Jets, more than 10,000 fans were in attendance.


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