Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Corner Likely to Shadow Bigger Wr Key Matchup: Cb Ross Cockrell vs. Wr Brandon Marshall

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Big Corner Likely to Shadow Bigger Wr Key Matchup: Cb Ross Cockrell vs. Wr Brandon Marshall

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Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has never been a player who lacks confidence or braggadocio. He also appears to be consumed with the wide receiver he will see today on the other side of the field, Antonio Brown.

Before training camp, Marshall proposed a bet with the Steelers' All-Pro receiver to see who would have the most receiving yards in 2016. If Marshall won, Brown would have to give him his custom-painted Rolls-Royce. If Brown won, Marshall would give him a Porsche, never mind that the Porsche he was shown offering on Instagram wasn't even his. At the moment, Brown (369) leads Marshall (249) in receiving yards.

Now Marshall says if he scores a touchdown against the Steelers, he guarantees he will start twerking in the end zone as Brown did in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. Brown was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and fined $9,115 for the celebration.

Marshall hasn't had much chance to celebrate this season. He has only one touchdown catch among his 16 receptions in four games. And it might be up to Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell to make sure he doesn't get another.

Marshall had 1,502 receiving yards last season, which was 332 yards short of Brown's total of 1,834 that ranked as fourth most in NFL history. But he also had 14 touchdown catches, four more than Brown.

"Brandon Marshall is someone like A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson, transformative players who have been, at one point or another, a face of the franchise, a face of the league," Cockrell said. "It's very exciting to go up against those guys."

Because he is bigger than cornerback partner William Gay, Cockrell (6 feet, 191 pounds) was used to shadow Bengals receiver A.J. Green during the Steelers' 24-16 victory, holding him to two catches for 38 yards. That was Green's lowest total against the Steelers since he had just one catch for 8 yards in October 2012. …

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