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November 20, 2008
Marshall on Nnamdi

ALAMEDA - Wednesday's conference call with Mike Shanahan wasn't the only praise Nnamdi Asomugha received from Denver.

Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall was asked a lot about Asomugha.

Marshall didn't play in the season opener because of an NFL suspension for repeated arrests.

And if the Broncos want to involve Marshall, chances are they'll have to throw at Asomugha.

Asomugha might be the best cornerback in the NFL. The only other logical choice would be Marshall's teammate, Champ Bailey.

Funny thing is on a conference call last year, Bailey didn't even think that Asomugha was a starter because he'd watched film of a game that Asomugha missed because of injury.

Here's part of the Q&A with Marshall.

Q: Thoughts about matching up with Asomugha?
Marshall: He's definitely probably one of the best corners in the league. Well, he is, a top-three corners in the league. I'm excited, I'm excited. It's always good to play against somebody that will give you a run for your money.

Q: After going against Champ Bailey in practice, can you gauge who is better?
Marshall: For me, Champ is going to be better. I could be biased, but they're two good corners, man, they're two of the better corners in the league and they both do a good job of closing down one side of the field.

Q: Are Asomugha and Bailey similar?
Marshall: The biggest similarity they have is how smart they are. They're both students of the game and they do a good job of preparing themselves week in and week out. That's what I see as the biggest similarity.

Q: How often will you shift you to other side of the field for a favorable matchup since raiders don't move him around?
Marshall: We're going to stick to our game plan. If the ball's on the right hash and I'm on the short side of the field, and they put me right, I'll go right. If they put me left, I'll go left. We're just going to play ball. We've got a couple of good receivers that can get the job done and we're going to find the best matchup and take advantage of our opportunity.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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