Henne looks forward to having Marshall

Updated: April 16, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PLANTATION, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne says he sent a text message to Brandon Marshall when news broke of the team's big trade.

And Henne looks forward to having Marshall on the receiving end a lot more in the future.

"He definitely brings a lot to the table," Henne said Friday at a charity golf tournament attended by many Dolphins, including Marshall. "It's great that we got a veteran receiver, because he'll come into this offense, teach the young guys and really explore and exploit some of the talents on our offense."

Henne, who had 6-foot-3 Braylon Edwards as a target at Michigan, likes Marshall's physical approach to the receiving role at 6-4 and 230 pounds.

"It's his ball in the air when you throw it up there," Henne said. "His size definitely stands out, and just the way he goes up and gets the ball. When he gets yards after catch he's not looking to run out of bounds, he's more going after the corners, because he's 6-foot-4 and a lot of guys are scared of him out there in the open field."

Marshall, a Pro Bowl receiver the past two years, was acquired Wednesday by the Dolphins for second-round draft picks this year and next. He provides a go-guy target for Henne, who threw for 2,878 yards in his first year as a starter last season.

Marshall has already started participating in the Dolphins' offseason workouts. Henne said the newcomer should make the other wideouts better because he'll draw double coverage.

"Guys are going to get some more balls because the attention is going to Brandon," Henne said.

Receiver Greg Camarillo agreed.

"He'll be a focal point for a defense, and that really opens up everything for everybody else," Camarillo said. "He's shown that he's ready to work and come in here and be a good teammate. I had a chance to talk with him over breakfast, and he seems like a good guy."

In Denver, Marshall caught at least 100 passes each of the past three years but wore out his welcome. He clashed with the coach and had repeated brushes with the law.

Marshall said he was eager to get started with the Dolphins' offseason workouts.

"They're already a few weeks into their program," he said. "I'm behind. I just want to catch up as soon as possible. I also get a chance today to meet a few more guys and spend time with them and show them who I am."


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