Cutler: Marshall easy to work with these days
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is tackled by Carolina Panthers linebackers Thomas Davis (58) and Luke Kuechly (59) Sunday after a reception during the second half.
Brandon Marshall caught 206 passes for 2,590 yards in his last two seasons with Jay Cutler in Denver.
Cutler says his go-to guy is a different player now -- and a better one.
"He's married now," Cutler said. "He understands the game better. He's got his life in order. He's fun to be around."
The 28-year-old Marshall has shown a maturity on and off the field that wasn't evident during his Denver days.
"He's a different receiver," Cutler said. "I would say better. He understands the game a lot better; he takes care of his body. He's there every single day getting better.
"In Denver, you didn't know what you were going to get in practice or what you were going to get during the games. You knew he would usually show up for games, but getting him to the game was challenging. He's a lot easier to work with."
Now that Chris Williams is gone, Jay Cutler, Earl Bennett and D.J. Moore are the only Vanderbilt products who will have a homecoming this weekend in Nashville, Tenn.
Moore says there's no doubt he'd be the most popular.
"I'm the best one that's come out of Vandy," Moore said with a sly grin. "Just out of us here, I'm the only one who went to a bowl game, so they left it up to me."
Moore's last year as a Commodore was 2008, a year after Bennett left and three years after Cutler was gone.
That's long enough for the significance of returning to have dissipated.
"Most of the people that I went to college with are gone, and the coaches are gone," Moore said. "It was a nice city to go to college in or whatnot, but it's pretty much just another game."
Moore was an All-American and two-time all-SEC performer who played six positions at Vandy, yet there is no monument to his achievements on campus.
"No, I'm not Tim Tebow, so no statue," he said, laughing. "Eventually I hopefully will get a banner or something, but no statue. It doesn't have to be real big, just something."
By any other name:
In addition to ranking fourth in the NFL with 675 receiving yards and sixth with 50 catches, Brandon Marshall is trying to come up with a catchy nickname for quarterback Jay Cutler.
He even has solicited help from the media.
"A couple of weeks ago I was trying to figure out a name," Marshall said. "I texted him over a few like 'The Closer' and 'Ace.'
"I'm trying to figure out a nickname for him, so if you guys can help me out I'd appreciate it."
Only two names appeared on the injury report.
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hand) did not practice and will not play this week. Tight end Matt Spaeth (ankle) had limited participation.
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