Let’s go “Inside the Film Room” on our newest weapon, wide receiver Eric Decker. He has traded in his Denver orange, seen to the right, for the Jets’ green.
There has been a lot of talk about Decker, and how good he really is. Is he a product of playing with Peyton Manning? Is he the type of receiver that can make a team better as a number one weapon? We won’t REALLY know until he takes the field this fall, but we can certainly speculate.
How do we do that? By looking at some footage. I think if you take a look at the plays I have isolated from last year, you will find that Eric Decker is a terrific route runner and has great hands. That doesn’t come from Peyton Manning.
We are going to look at two of Decker’s four touchdown passes received against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 13.
The first of the two plays comes from the second quarter:
Eric Decker is in the wide right position, indicated by the black circle. He is going to start to the outside, and make a hard cut to the inside with his right foot. As we move forward, you will see that the move gives him inside position all the way down the field.
As Manning drops back to execute the play-action fake, notice Eric Decker’s feet, circled in the black. He started to the right, but here is making his move to the inside, pushing hard of the outside foot, his right foot. As we roll the tape, you will see the inside position that Decker gets.
It doesn’t look like Eric is open, but, look at the positioning. He has shielded the defender out from any throw to the inside with his body.
Decker has run an excellent route, giving Peyton the middle of the field to hit him deep. That is exactly what he is going to, as he unloads the football. He is throwing to a spot, as indicated by the broken line leading up to the circle. Peyton is looking for Eric at the five yard line. Let’s see the result.
Eric makes a good catch and takes it in for a 41 yard touchdown pass.
Turn the page and we are going to look at one more, this time a mid-range TD from the third quarter of the same game.