Eric Decker

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  1. Phall

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    A monster game for Decker caps off an impressive season marred by injury and incompetent signal-callers. Ten catches on 11 targets, 221 yards, and a touchdown is an impressive bookend to (by my count) a solid 74 reception, 962 yard, 5 score season.

    These numbers must absolutely SHOCK former player and professional pundit Mark 'Stink' Schlereth, who told Jets fans to brace themselves for an "overpaid crybaby" at the beginning of the season:

    It's not surprising to expect Decker's numbers slip a bit after changing quarterbacks from the greatest of all time to the consensus worst starting quarterback in the league.

    To recap: big sports media, specifically ESPN, went over the top to denigrate the emerging white receiver, completely glossing over the nincompoop that has to get the ball to him. If Decker failed, it would have been because he sucks. If he played well this year, which most Jets fans would probably endorse as true, then the narrative is in place for Geno Smith to assume the credit. Unfortunately for ESPN, Smith got himself benched for incompetence and tomfoolery before doomed company man Rex Ryan threw him back in to audition as trade bait (perhaps a 4th round pick, if the Jets are lucky). There really isn't any explanation for Decker's tallies apart from getting separation from the league's 100% black cornerbacks.
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    Just this quote (among all the stats in the good article), flies in the face of the Caste System:

    "Decker isn’t overrated, and I’d argue that he’s actually underrated. Despite playing with quarterbacks who collectively completed just 57.6% of their passes with an unsightly 6.4 yards per attempt, the star wideout was still 14th in the league in catch rate at WR (he hauled in 64.9% of everything thrown at him) and 21st among wideouts with 8.4 yards per target."

    Glad to see Decker's talents get some mainstream affirmation!
     
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    Decker done for the year
     
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    Decker was criminally-underutilized this season but actually ended up being the Titans' second leading receiver with 54 catches for 563 yards and a TD. His game-winning TD catch in the Wildcard game was a thing of beauty and it was nice to see him have a moment of glory after a torturous season of playing with the 1st round bust, Mariotta.



    Decker is 30 and will (thankfully) be a free agent this off-season. He's married with two kids (his wife is currently pregnant with a 3rd), so I assume he'll try his best to keep playing.
     
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    Decker was a free agent this season after being cut by the Jets and the Titans were the only team interested in him. His career trajectory is becoming reminiscent of that of Brian Hartline, who had back to back thousand yard seasons then saw his usage dramatically drop to 474 yards and 523 yards the next two seasons, then was completely out of the league at age 29. Decker's a better receiver than was Hartline, but if no team shows interest in signing him to at least a two-year deal as a starter, he too may be prematurely discarded by the NFL.
     

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