Pay attention, fantasy owners. Brandon Marshall is making a very bold prediction for Jay Cutler in 2014.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin visited Chicago Bears training camp on Wednesday, saying that Marshall told him Jay Cutler was poised for a breakout season.
“I want to see what happens when they have a healthy Jay Cutler,” Irvin said, via ESPN.com. “I asked Brandon that very question; what do you think a healthy Jay Cutler for 16 games (can accomplish)? He said ‘MVP in the league.’ I said that’s high praise right there; you’re just going to take Peyton Manning off that shelf and just going to put Jay Cutler right up there like that? That’s the way he sees it.”
Irvin wouldn’t say whether or not he believed Marshall, but did say that the confidence in his quarterback was a good thing to have.
Marshall spoke about the “new” Cutler, as he thinks the sky is the limit for Chicago’s offense.
“I don’t think anybody would believe it,” Marshall said. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t believe it. This is a different person. I don’t know this guy. I don’t know this new Jay Cutler. Maybe his new name is like Joshua or something. This is a totally different guy. Just call him Joshua Cutler. That’s what the ‘J’ stands for.”
Cutler threw for 2,621 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last year in only 11 games. It was the Bears’ first year under Marc Trestman, whose offense makes you feel “good about your opportunities,” says Irvin.
Marshall had 1,295 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns last year, and has had seven consecutive years of more than 1,000 yards.
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