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2012 Most Targeted Players: No. 5-1

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Will Marshall see the heavy dose of Cutler passes again? Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Will Marshall see the heavy dose of Cutler passes again? Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

192 targets

As I touched on in my “Top QB/WR Pairs” article, Brandon Marshall was a target magnet of epic proportions in 2012. If Jay Cutler dropped back to pass, there was a 44 percent chance that his pass was going to be aimed at his favorite wide receiver. Marshall, while being targeted on 192 of Cutler’s 434 passes, still managed to top 1,500 yards despite the fact that opposing defenses knew exactly who Cutler was throwing to. In 2013, Marshall will still be the focal point of Chicago’s passing game, but the targets will be spread a little more evenly among Jay Cutler’s weapons. New head coach Marc Trestman’s offense is reportedly set to feature Matt Forte more in the passing game, and Cutler will most likely grow to trust new tight end Martellus Bennett as well.  While 192 targets may not be in store for Marshall in 2013, he is still a very strong bet to top 160 and finish among the NFL’s most productive receivers again this season.