He may not have gotten the attention quarterback Ryan Perrilloux did, but defensive lineman Craig Marshall received a similar treatment last year. He was signed and released repeatedly courtesy of the New York Giants, filling holes on the practice squad when needed and anxiously awaiting a call when he wasn't.
He's no longer interested in riding that carrousel however, and has been working hard this offseason in preparation for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and a chance to earn himself a permanent spot on the 53-man roster.
“It was a little carousel … I didn’t finish the season with [the Giants]," Marshall said. "I was on like two weeks then you get cut, then they put you back on. It just depends what they need for the week.”
In between his workouts, Marshall has found himself prepping food at a Fort Walton Beach joint called The Shed in Destin. Such is the life of an NFL practice squad player.
"It is frustrating at times because I know what I can do and they obviously know there is something I can do because they’ve kept in contact with me through the year, even with me having a screw in my foot as well. It motivates you to see someone do something in practice, doing something that you can do as good, if not better than them," he added.
The 6'4'', 280 lbs. Marshall was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in late July of last year and re-signed shortly after Super Bowl XLVI. His deal was for one-year and $390,000.
He was a teammate of Jason Pierre-Paul while at USF.
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