Inside the Film Room: WR Eric Decker

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Sometimes simple is not a bad thing. Take a look at this play and you will see what I mean. The Broncos have the ball at the 15 yard line of the Chiefs:

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Peyton Manning is in the shotgun, and the Broncos are set up trips (three receivers) right, and one receiver to the left. Eric Decker is again circled, wide to the right.

Eric is going to run a fairly basic route from the route tree, a post pattern. He will run to the five yard line, and cut literally towards the goal post. Decker’s talent shows in how accurately he runs the route. No extra steps, just a route run to perfection.

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Here, we have Decker making his cut from the five yard line, headed straight for the goal posts. Manning releases the football, again to the spot that his excellent route runner is going to be, the right goal post.

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Eric makes an excellent hands catch, and again, it’s touchdown Denver.

Of course, Eric Decker benefitted from playing with Peyton Manning. Who wouldn’t benefit from one of the most accurate passers ever, throwing them passes?

But, he can’t teach Decker to have good hands, and he can’t give a guy the innate ability to run a good route. Eric will do just fine here.

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  • Roast Beef

    I have faith in Decker because he has technique and brains. I’m not worried about him. I’m irritated because I’ll hear other fans complain about how he isn’t our “No 1.” Who cares!! He’s good and he is better than anything we had before. I want a balanced receiver corps and this is the first step. Not to mention he was cap friendly.

    • Alan Schechter

      I agree with you totally….this number one, number two stuff is all overrated.

  • AC

    Yes, that was a great route. The question is will Geno know where and when and how hard to throw the ball when there is an opportunity like that. He has had a few similar plays I would say where he connected, but he needs the protection and confidence in himself to get it there. I think he can do it.