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Ex-NFL Star Brandon Marshall Defends Jets Wide Receiver Elijah Moore

Brandon Marshall

New York Jets wide receiver Elijah Moore has drawn some heat this week after he asked the team for a trade.

But a former Jets receiver says he is in Moore's corner.

Brandon Marshall, who played two of his 13 NFL seasons as a Jet, spoke about Moore's situation Friday with Kay Adams of FanDuel TV's "Up and Adams." 

Marshall said that, while he would have liked Moore to handle the situation internally without publicly asking for a trade, he supports the second-year receiver wanting more passes to come his way.

“I just spoke to Elijah Moore probably 30 minutes ago, and I told him I support him, I told him I’m in his corner," Marshall said. "And a lot of people don’t like that. I’m a big Jets fan and Jets fans are going to be mad at me, but I told him, as a wide receiver, you get paid to catch the ball."

Moore wasn't targeted during the Jets' win over the Green Bay Packers last week, and he caught just one pass the week prior.

Marshall took much more issue with Jets quarterback Zach Wilson than he did with Moore. Marshall said Wilson should have come out in defense of his receiver when speaking to the media on Thursday.

"He handled it totally wrong," Marshall said of Wilson. "He should have come out and said that this is my guy and I’m going to find ways to get him the ball. He came up with other excuses that were valid, but you don’t say that publicly. You go to your guy and say I’m going to find a way."

The Jets have announced that Moore will not play when they face the Denver Broncos this week. 

Many fans and talking heads have crushed Moore for demanding a trade in the midst of a three-game win streak, and Marshall acknowledged that Jets fans wouldn't like his take on the situation. But he's giving Moore a pass for being upset about his role and is optimistic the Jets can get things smoothed out.