Appearing on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio on Wednesday, free agent wide receiver Eric Decker suggested that the New England Patriots would be a good fit for him to continue his playing career. Decker previously had visits with the Raiders and Ravens this offseason.
“I think the Patriots would be a good fit,” said Decker. “I talked with New England last year during the Free Agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain.”
Decker was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and Josh McDaniels. In 14 games, Decker managed just six receptions during his rookie campaign. However, in 2012, Decker burst onto the scene with an 85-catch, 1,064-yard season to go along with a career-high 13 touchdowns. Coincidently, his emergence coincided with the arrival of Peyton Manning. The following year, his final in Denver, he set career highs in receptions (87) and yards (1,288) in a season that culminated in a Super Bowl loss. A three-year stint with the Jets followed his time in Denver before he spent last season with the Tennessee Titans.
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For the Patriots, it has certainly been an eventful offseason for the wide receiver group. From the trade of Brandin Cooks to the unresolved suspension of Julian Edelman, the group certainly will look different when 2018 finally gets underway. Could Decker be a part of that mix?
When the Patriots initially learned of the impending suspension to Edelman, no corresponding move was made. For instance, following the Cooks trade to the Rams, the Patriots added Jordan Matthews to the mix. It could be a matter of being happy with the depth. However, as we saw last year, you can never have enough depth.
Last year with the Titans, Decker hauled in 54 passes for 564 yards after an injury-shortened 2016 season. His final one with the Jets. Just two years removed from his last 1,000-yard season, he still has some left in the tank at the age of 31. He has shown to be a savvy route-runner with good hands throughout his career. As a bonus, he has a bit of size to him, standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 206 pounds. Something the Patriots coveted this offseason.
With the Patriots showing interest in Decker last year, don’t be surprised to see him in the mix during training camp. Especially if the Edelman suspension is upheld or Malcolm Mitchell continues to have setbacks.
Should the #Patriots add Decker to the mix?
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