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Marshall ranks high on list of indispensible players

How important is Brandon Marshall to the Bears?'s Adam Schein ranks the Pro Bowl receiver as the NFL's second most indispensable offensive player—excluding quarterbacks—behind Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

"Marshall is [Jay] Cutler's 'Linus blanket,'" Schein writes. "Marshall is on his best behavior-on and off the field-when he is with Cutler. Marshall makes Cutler better. They have a great rapport. Marshall is a true No. 1 wideout, a true beast. He demands the safety help and double teams, allowing everyone else to reap the benefits."

In his first year with the Bears in 2012, Marshall rewrote the team's record book, setting single-season receiving marks with 118 receptions and 1,508 yards and catching 11 touchdown passes, tied for the sixth most in Bears history and the most since Curtis Conway had 12 in 1995.

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