Miami newcomer Marshall bonds with fans, teammates

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Brandon is very smooth,” Henne said. “He understands how to run the routes, and he understands how to use his body. You can tell that you’ve got a really good guy out there that can glide and is very smooth throughout his cuts.”

In the Dolphins‘ first two seasons under Sparano, they’ve been a run-oriented, ball-control team. Their wideouts totaled six touchdowns last season; Marshall had 10 in Denver.

Sparano has tweaked the playbook, eager to take advantage of his big offseason catch and improve on last season’s 7-9 record.

“When we got Brandon,” Sparano said, “I told the offensive coaches, ‘I want you to put together all the things that this guy does well.’ You go through the film, and all of a sudden you’re at 40 or 50 plays. You watch him on tape at Denver, you see some of the things he really does well. Some of these concepts weren’t completely in our offense, so we were able to take some of those things.”

On a team lacking star power, Marshall has quickly become the face of the franchise. Because his familiar No. 15 was taken, he switched to No. 19, and it’s already a popular jersey number with spectators at training camp.

When asked if he thought a lot of the fans were there to see him, he smiled.

“No, not at all,” he said. “Jake Long, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams … I wasn’t the only guy.”

But he is the Dolphins‘ new go-to guy _ for autographs and more.

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