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Brandon Marshall leaves the field after the Giants lost to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

When Brandon Marshall signed with the Giants in March, it was a move aimed at winning, not reeling in the dollars.

“They definitely didn’t offer me the most money — it was probably the least amount of money,’’ Marshall said at the time. “It was all about championships, to get straight to the point. They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization.’’

Fast forward to October, and Marshall is losing out on both counts.

Through four weeks it’s been a disappointing start to the season for both team and player, with the Giants still searching for a first win and Marshall still searching for a way to make an impact, never mind finding the end zone.

“I haven’t played the way I wanted to play,” Marshall said Tuesday. “I hold myself to a high standard, the guys around me hold me to a high standard. There’s high expectations on all of us. Looking at myself in the mirror, I want to pick up my play and I will do that. But I’m not going to waste too much time thinking about the past. If I do that, then the future’s going to be really ugly.”

After four games with his new team, Marshall has recorded just 16 receptions (on 30 targets) for 139 yards. One of his most memorable moments in a Giants uniform happened for all the wrong reasons: dropping a deep pass from Eli Manning late in the Week 2 loss to the Lions.

Marshall, 33, has been traded around in his career, from the Broncos to the Dolphins to the Bears and then to the Jets, without ever making the playoffs. When he finally had a chance to pick his own destination, with his career winding down, he chose the Giants.

The six-time Pro Bowler said he wanted a championship owner, which he saw in John Mara, a championship quarterback like two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, a great defense — the Giants had the league’s No. 2-ranked defense in 2016 and was bringing back most of its talent on that side of the ball — and a No. 1 receiver on the other side, a role that Odell Beckham Jr. clearly owned.

The match that appeared to be made in heaven has quickly come crashing down.

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Giants coach Ben McAdoo has called Brandon Marshall a “breath of fresh air” for the way he goes about his business. Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The laughs coming from the New York Giants‘ wide receivers room often can be heard from down the hallway at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. That’s the result of an overflow of personalities at the position.

There’s the energetic Odell Beckham Jr., known as the lead jokester, who has the strongest personality. He’s followed by Sterling Shepard, who is always smiling and singing. Tavarres King contributes with charisma and zingers, Roger Lewis will join in any conversation, and Dwayne Harris is the old sage who commands respect and dishes out the fines. They all do more than their share of dancing, on the field and during the locker room dance parties.

Brandon Marshall is the new guy in the mix, a rare combination of professionalism and personality without the flair or dancing. He should be used to changing teams by now: The Giants are his fifth in 12 professional seasons. That means getting acclimated to new surroundings and becoming comfortable with a different set of teammates while learning an unfamiliar scheme and system. It’s his biggest task this summer.

So far, Marshall is blending in quietly. He has been the older student soaking in all the jokes and noise. The six-time Pro Bowl receiver has taken a backseat in more ways than one. He sits next to his position coach, Adam Henry, in the back of the wide receivers room and, more often than not, allows the bigger personalities to carry the conversation.

“Brandon is real quiet. He’s learning, so he’s quiet,” Harris said. “He’s soaking in all this information because there is so much stuff.”

Harris, in his third season with the Giants and seventh in the NFL, is the ringleader of the group. He dishes out the fines with more regularity than any other member. Shepard said that Harris seems to pick on Marshall and Beckham a little more than the others, although Harris believes he’s harder on the rookies. And it’s hard to fight back. Harris has been known to be quick with the double-fine. This all takes some getting used to, no matter how long a player has been around.

Marshall, 33, has slowly become familiar with the Giants wide receivers’ ways in recent weeks. He’s started to open up to some degree, although he’s still nowhere near the dominant voice in the room.

“Brandon is just accepting that and he’s starting to get people on the fine board, too,” Shepard said. “He’s starting to get up to Dwayne’s level. You better not do anything wrong, Brandon or Dwayne will get you. He’s getting more comfortable.”

It has been showing on the field as well. Marshall had some of his most productive practices this week as the Giants prepare for the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night at MetLife Stadium. He noted on social media that increased confidence played a significant part.

What has impressed quarterback Eli Manning most is a player who is constantly trying to improve.

“Brandon’s been great. Every day trying to learn, always has questions for me and we’re trying to figure out what he can do better, how we can get on the same page,” Manning said. “So I think he’s been dialed in and been a great leader and just setting the example for how to be prepared for every practice.”

How Marshall fits in with the Giants has been a question since he signed as a free agent in March. This is the first time since early in his career that he’s not the clear No. 1 receiver. His targets and role are sure to decrease. Beckham remains the Giants’ star.

Marshall’s had his problems in the past (see: Sheldon Richardson and the Jets)and admitted in the spring that some of it was self-inflicted, especially early in his career. He claims to have grown and learned from the past, and since joining the Giants has consistently taken the high road in the one-sided feud with Richardson.

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Cleveland Browns receiver Ricardo Louis hauls in a pass during OTA, May 31, 2017, in Berea. John Kuntz, Kuntz)

BEREA, Ohio – It took Giants receiver Brandon Marshall 18 months to answer Browns receiver Ricardo Louis back on Instagram, but it was worth the wait.

The crafty ol’ veteran and six-time Pro Bowler agreed to take the Browns’ second-year wideout under his wing and train with him this summer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“It’s a funny story,” Louis said before minicamp practice Tuesday. “About a year and a half ago, sent him a message on Instagram. I was looking for advice because moving to receiver (from high school quarterback) was kind of tough. So I had to find somebody who could help me figure it out. So I hit him up, and actually last week he hit me back after a year and a half.

“He was like, ‘Sorry, I just saw it.’ And that just goes to show me what kind of guy he is. You can tell that he’s very genuine. He’s a very good guy, to me, just based on what he did with that, hitting me back after a year and to say, ‘I would love to get together with you.’ He’s going to have his assistant call me and set up everything. I think that by him doing that he really wants me to succeed.”

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ENGLEWOOD, CO – JUNE 14: Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) runs through drills during practice at mandatory mini camp on June 14, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Dove Valley. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

Carlos Henderson, Isaiah McKenzie also among those who sat out practice

The Broncos’ changes this offseason leaned heavily on the offensive side. The defense remained one of the NFL’s top units in 2016, but inside those meeting rooms they aren’t content with remaining status quo.

Denver’s defense again will be the face of the team. The defensive leaders already have bought into the urge by Vance Joseph and Joe Woods to not except pretty good as good enough.

“My message to the whole group this year was that we have to reset. I feel like after the first year we won the Super Bowl we were flying high,” said Woods, the Broncos’ defensive backs coach the past two years who now is the defensive coordinator. “Guys came back and they worked hard, but it wasn’t the same thing.”

Woods knows better than to fix what wasn’t broken, but a little more variety and complexity could help keep offenses off-guard. That means disguising more coverages, sending exotic blitzes and not being as predictable early in games.

“There’s no secret to what we do. We line up and say, we know what you’re going to do, you know what we’re going to do, let’s see who wins,” Woods said. “There wasn’t really a lot of variance or change in terms of the calls we ran. We had a lot of success doing it that way. If our 11 can beat your 11, we’re going to win. We just struggled early on. Moving forward, I’m going to make sure I have a little bit of variety and a little bit of change in terms of what we do — especially early in the game.”

Safe better than sorry. The sideline was more crowded than usual Wednesday with injured players sitting out practice.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall, battling a sore Achilles, was the biggest new name. He said the team was just playing it safe after he became sore Tuesday.

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CARLSTADT, N.J. — It was just a few years ago under Tom Coughlin that the New York Giants were considered to be in the dark ages while falling behind the competition technologically. That perception and reality has quickly changed.

Coughlin got the ball rolling in his final years by incorporating GPS and other new technologies, even if he might not have been able to apply them efficiently. Ben McAdoo has taken it to a different level since becoming the head coach last year. It’s to the point now that the Giants are now considered a more progressive team with their approach and techniques.

“Our league is a lot of times stuck in its ways, the tradition. They’re doing the same things from 40 or 50 years ago, running the same plays, the same terminology, same teaching message,” new Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall said Saturday during a Receiver Factory Sports Camp. “When you have younger coaches or coaches who are innovators like Coach Mac, they are more receptive to doing things like that.”

Marshall raved about the Giants’ use of new-age methods. He specifically noted the GPS and thought overall their approach was at a level beyond any he’d experienced with his previous four teams. And even though Marshall has had only a few months to digest some of it, he’s clearly embraced the progressive approach.

“I love it,” said Marshall, who worked on the sideline Friday at Giants OTAs with what he called a little soft tissue stuff that shouldn’t keep him out long.

McAdoo brought with him a new strength and conditioning program last year. He hired Aaron Wellman and the changes have been met with rave reviews.

Giants players have also talked about nutrition, diet and sleep being an emphasis this offseason. It’s a whole new world under McAdoo at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

It’s a different world outside, too. Marshall, several current and former teammates and the Receivers Factory staff were working with kids ages 7-18 on Saturday at Capelli Sports Center. They were giving instruction specific to wide receivers.

“For all the guys it’s teaching the fundamentals,” Marshall said.

Tips included catching the ball with your eyes, not your hands. And being a wide receiver involves “being an actor” and selling your every movement, according to Marshall, who was joined by first-round pick Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard. Jets receivers Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson were also there to help.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Two years ago, the New York Giants began using drone technology to help them analyze their practices. It was the first step of many to come as they began shifting towards more progressive analyzation techniques.

As technology and technological methods continue to advance, today’s coaching staffs have no choice but to get accustomed to using the tech equipment. From drones to tablets, the use of technology is at the forefront of everyday life in the NFL.

The Giants’ big offseason acquisition, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, recently praised the team and head coach Ben McAdoo for their implementation of these new technologies.

“Our league is a lot of times stuck in its ways, the tradition,” Marshall said via ESPN. “They’re doing the same things from 40 or 50 years ago, running the same plays, the same terminology, same teaching message. When you have younger coaches or coaches who are innovators like Coach Mac, they are more receptive to doing things like that. . . I love it.”

The fact that the Giants are the first team that Marshall has been on implementing these new methods shows how progressive the Giants have become. In particular, the GPS utility being used has excited Marshall in his short time with the team. The new-aged tactics have helped during training, on the sideline, in the film room and in the diet/nutrition category as well.

Some of today’s players are too young to remember a time without coach’s challenges and booth reviews, let alone the new training technology. Marshall certainly didn’t have access to these methods when he made his way through college and into the NFL.

“[My Father] used to take us to the hill, we used to run the hill, we used to pick up old tires, put tires together, run through tires and ropes. It was tough.” Marshall said.

Although technology is changing the game, Marshall reiterated that he’s still where he is today because of the work he put in prior to the advancements.

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Marshall changed his offseason regimen to focus on explosiveness, strength

Brandon Marshall held on to what may be a career-altering tip for eight months. He couldn’t use it immediately — the Broncos were two weeks from starting training camp at the time — so he shelved it.

And he never forgot it.

The tip was from Ray Lewis, one of the greatest middle linebackers in NFL history, who met Marshall last July and told him the best way to rejuvenate his body after a string of painful and trying injuries was to get in the sand. Come to Miami, Lewis told him. Come to Miami and work out with him on the beach during the offseason.

This past spring, Marshall, 27, finally used the tip, but he headed west instead, teaming with former Broncos defensive backs Omar Bolden and Duke Ihenacho for some grueling workouts in the Los Angeles sun.

It was one of the inside linebacker’s many stops en route to a full-body makeover already noticeable by all. Even by those at Dove Valley who weren’t around to see the “before” version.

“I wasn’t here last year, but I know from the first day I’ve met him here, he’s been really engaged in what we’re doing,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said. “Even in the weight room, those guys know it’s a different guy. His body looks different. He is engaged in football off the field and on. It’s fun to see.”

For Marshall, it’s fun to experience, too, after a season that weighed him. The backlash to his national anthem protests — which he does not regret at all, he said — weighed on him. The lingering pain from his surgically repaired foot injury and the ensuing pain from his hamstring injuries weighed on him. The stats that paled in comparison to his previous two seasons of 100-plus tackles weighed on him.

He didn’t quite know why or how, but mentally and physically Brandon Marshall wasn’t Brandon Marshall a season ago.

“I had a bad feeling,” he said. “I had a bad taste in my mouth all of last year. Even during the season, I was like, ‘I’m not making any plays. I’m not making plays.’ It just felt weird. I wanted to do something about that.”

And he did. He changed almost everything.

The body: “I plan to make all the plays.”

This was not your typical California vacation. The itinerary read something like this:

Mondays: Hill climbs. Backward, forward, side-to-side, nearly every way imaginable to inflict pain and improve endurance.

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EAST RUTHERFORD — Brandon Marshall knew it was coming.

The Giants wide receiver stepped up to the podium, said hello to the crowd or reporters, noted that he recognized some faces from the Jets‘ locker room and acknowledged he understood what had to happen next.

Sheldon Richardson questions, go ahead, open up,” Marshall said with a smile.

OK, then. How does he feel about the fact his old Jets teammate ripped him yet again earlier this week, declaring the team across town has “15 reasons” why its locker room is better now, among many other things?

“You know what, it’s the third or fourth time going down that path,” Marshall said, a nod to the length of his feud with Richardson. “It was a tough year for us. … We were trying to fight for a Super Bowl, get to a Super Bowl and win a Super Bowl. It didn’t happen for us. We had high hopes coming off that first year [10-6 finish in 2015] and it kind of blew up in our face. We all were disappointed.”

Marshall stuck to the high road again, just as he did earlier this week in an interview with Newsday, after Richardson trashed him during Jets OTAs, calling him a selfish “drama queen” who was a “locker room cancer” last season in Florham Park.

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Brandon Marshall stepped to the podium after New York Giants OTAs and knew what was coming.

Sheldon Richardson questions, go ahead, open up,” the Giants wide receiver said, well aware of what Richardson said about him the other day at New York Jets camp.

Richardson told reporters: “The locker room is a whole lot easier to get along with now,” Asked to elaborate, he smiled and said, “Man oh man, y’all are thirsty. Let’s just say I’ve got 15 reasons why it’s better.”

“Nah. I’m not a perfect guy, but I worked extremely hard to get in the position I am today,” he said. “The first couple years of my career was rough, and a lot of it I did myself. I hurt myself. And since that point, once I figured things out, I’ve worked extremely hard to be a better person and work extremely hard to be a better teammate, a better father, a better husband, and I’m proud of where I’m at today.

“I wake up every single day trying to make a positive impact in any room that I step into.”

Marshall, 33, is now the veteran in the Giants locker room. Coach Ben McAdoo called him a breath of fresh air on Thursday and admired his work ethic. It’s possible they could even be looking for him to provide a positive influence on the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. General manager Jerry Reese spoke after the season about Beckham needing to grow up and take a long, hard look in the mirror.

Marshall admitted he’s done that in the past. And the beef with Richardson — it’s nothing new.

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Sheldon Richardson may think Brandon Marshall is a “drama queen,” but Marshall is doing his part to end the drama.

The Giants wide receiver declined to return fire at Richardson, his former Jets teammate, telling Newsday’s Kimberley Martin that “it’s a fresh year for Sheldon, for myself, for the Jets, and now I’m a Giant and I’m so excited for this opportunity.”

Marshall’s comments to Newsday come after Richardson ripped Marshall in the locker room after the Jets’ first OTA session on Tuesday, then followed things up by blasting Marshall some more in a separate interview with Newsday. During that interview, Richardson said Marshall was a drama queen, and also called him “selfish” and a “locker room cancer.”

Marshall and Richardson did not get along during last year’s star-crossed Jets season and publicly butted heads.

“Last year was an extremely difficult season for all of us,” Marshall told the newspaper. “Players and coaches fought their tails off truing to get our season turned around and it didn’t happen for us. It was disappointing, but now it’s a fresh year for Sheldon, for myself, for the Jets, and now I’m a Giant and I’m so excited for this opportunity.

Marshall asked for his release after the season and it was granted. He later signed with the Giants. Richardson has been the topic of trade rumors, but he’s still with the Jets. He was asked about that speculation Monday, and whether he wants to stay with the Jets. He then took that opening to go after Marshall (as it turns out, he was just getting started).

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