Eric Decker’s Home Coming...Sort Of

Eric Decker was the Jets top acquisition in free agency this offseason. At times he has looked like he is worth all the money the Jets gave him, but at other times he hasn’t. This week Decker will be going up against his former team the, Denver Broncos.

Bothered by a nagging hamstring Decker has not been at 100 percent since week one. That combined with inconsistent quarterback play has caused Decker’s production to drop each week. Coming into this season the Jets were expecting big things from Decker and early on it looked as though he was delivering. Now the questions are starting to loom. Should he have left Denver? Should he have singed with the Jets?

Decker’s decision to come to New York wasn’t just about money. As he has said over and over it was a chance for him to get a fresh start with a new team and try to help develop Geno Smith. So far this season Decker has 14 receptions for 204 yards, and two touchdowns. Mediocre numbers to say the least, however you can’t deny the fact that Decker has a presence on this offense because when he is not playing this Jets offense cant move the ball.

Going up against the Broncos this week one would assume Decker is a little more hyped up about this game and has this one circled on his calendar. Decker took a little shot at the Broncos a few weeks ago when he did a radio spot with ESPN. Saying he doesn’t root for them and sometimes roots for them to loose.

Rex Ryan talked about Decker’s availability for Sunday saying he is questionable but expects Decker to play. “I think he wants to play period, it wouldn’t matter who we were playing” Ryan said after practice.

This game is most likely the Jets biggest challenge of the season. The Broncos who are the defending AFC champs and look like they could make another Super Bowl run are the best team in the AFC. If the Jets want to have any chance in this game they need their number one receiver in Decker and they need him to come up big.


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