The Jets were missing plenty on offense in 2013, mostly at wide receiver. The lack of someone who could stretch the field or come up with a big catch on third down was painfully obvious last season when watching the Jets on offense. They went out and addressed this need during the offseason with the free agent signing of Eric Decker.
Decker is 6’3, 214 pounds and brings credibility to the wide receiver position for a team sorely in need of it. He excelled the past two seasons while having Peyton Manning as his quarterback in Denver. Decker hauled in 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, those numbers were big reasons why the Jets went after him.
The Jets were ranked respectively 30th and 31st the past two seasons in passing, Decker wasn’t just a high-profile signing for them — he was a logical one.
“Decker runs great routes. I mean the top of his routes are unbelievable,” Vick said. “He knows how to create space. You can just tell that working with Peyton Manning over the last couple of years has helped him blossom as a receiver. He’s certainly been rewarded for that.”
Decker isn’t Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald; however he doesn’t need to be in New York. The Jets remain strong on defense, improved on offense, and the addition of Decker as a legitimate number one receiver can only benefit the development of Geno Smith at quarterback.
It’s arguable that Decker’s numbers in 2013 were inflated because he was catching footballs from Manning; however that doesn’t take away from the intangibles Decker may have picked up during that time. Running a route the right way, being where he’s supposed to be when the quarterback throws his way. Decker brings those skills to the Jets wide receiver group plus one more important need – credibility.
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