The last time Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall faced Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor was in 2010 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. In that game, Taylor limited the 6’4″ wide receiver to just five catches for 57 yards and no touchdowns. On Thursday, Marshall said he took Taylor too lightly in that game and promises to be more prepared to face him again Sunday night.
“He’s one of the best in the business,” Marshall said, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. “It seems like he’s getting better as he ages. I remember a few years ago playing against him in Miami. I disrespected him a little bit. I didn’t do my film study and I got out there and he did some things that really put me in a tough spot.
“So I’ve been going back to my Denver days and my Miami days just watching him and seeing how he played me, watching a lot of film because I have a lot of respect for this guy and no longer will I overlook him.”
As a member of the Denver Broncos in 2008, Marshall caught 11 passes for 112 yards against the Steelers in a 28-10 loss and while not all of his catches came against Taylor, five of them did.
“You know what, he’s a technician,” Marshall said Thursday. “He’s smart. He’s always in the right spot.”
Taylor was in the right spot Monday night in the Steelers 20-10 loss to Cincinnati Bengals as he personally held wide receiver A.J. Green to just six catches on 12 targets for 41 yards. He will have his hands full again this week with Marshall, who already has 15 catches for 217 yards and two touchdowns in two games played.