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New York Giants’ Craig Marshall Working Hard, Hoping to Make Impact Next Season

April 5th, 2012 at 6:01 PM
By Dan Benton

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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5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Craig Marshall Working Hard, Hoping to Make Impact Next Season”

  1.  norm says:

    I see now that the concerns I expressed in the previous thread about the future of the D-line were misplaced.

    All I needed to see was that Marshall came out of the USF defensive football factory and I knew we would be fine at the position.

  2.  kujo says:

    This guy’s a good football player. I’ve seen the him play…could be a decent come-upper!

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Yeah, every practice squad player is gonna be a star. We just hid them so no one else would notice.

    In Marshall’s case he may amount to something, but given what JPP did you can be certain that every scouting group went and looked at him before last year’s draft and no one selected him. That can’t be good.

    •  kujo says:

      This is one of the least intelligent posts you’ve ever submitted.

      JPP was a 1st round pick that was roundly considered the 2nd best DE prospect in the 2010 draft. He would’ve been the #1 DE prospect if not for the perception that Derrick Morgan–where did HE go?!?!– was somehow more “NFL ready.” In any case, it’s not like JPP was some unknown quantity, unearthed by Reese on a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa. Scouts knew all about him and the school he went to. I heartily doubt anyone made a special trip to the University of South Florida last season looking to unearth a potential 1st round pick.

      Now, if you wanted to say that people will be looking at them because of the absolute steal we got in Jaiquan–who was passed on by every team in every round prior to when we picked him–then that’s fine. But Craig Marshall is a UDFA, like Victor Cruz. Why shouldn’t he succeed?

  4.  NYGinAUS says:

    Many people had Prince going to San fran at 7 last year yet he dropped to 19 I think which made him by far the BPA.

    This year we can assume Luck, Griffin, Claiborne, Kalil, Richardson and Blackmon go 1-6.
    After that anything is possible.
    My guess at how JR rates the next 24 are
    Floyd
    Coples
    Reiff
    Upshaw
    DeCastro
    Wright
    Barron
    Kirkpatrick
    Kuechly
    Hill
    Hightower
    Ingram
    Fleener
    Perry
    Cox
    Gilmore
    Chandler Jones
    Brockers
    Worthy
    Mercilus
    Martin
    Glenn
    Jenkins
    Adams

    We also can presume Tannehill and probably Weeden and Konz get taken before we pick.

    I don’t think Reese will pick a RB in the first either. When you look at the Rbs taken in the 1st round over the last 4 years
    Spiller, D. Brown, Mendenhall, Felix Jones, J Stewart, C Johnson, Moreno, McFadden, Wells, Best, Matthews and Ingram. Only 1 (Chris Johnson) has been a top 5 rushing yards back in the last 2 years.

    2011
    Maurice Jones-Drew
    Ray Rice
    Michael Turner
    LeSean McCoy
    Arian Foster
    2010
    Foster
    Charles
    Turner
    Johnson
    Drew

    So in summary – I hope we get Floyd! What do other think of my mock JR’s big board…

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