Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker (87) at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII on the Cornucopia Majesty yacht on the Hudson River. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets' OTA Report: McDougle Debuts, Decker Shines


Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker (87) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks linebacker Heath Farwell (55) in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets had their weekly practice open to the media today, as well as open locker room and a Rex Ryan press conference. The two main stories of the day were that Dexter McDougle finally got to remove the red non-contact jersey and participate fully in practice and that Eric Decker had a great day, especially in the end zone.

McDougle getting back this quickly took Rex Ryan by surprise as he was worried when the Jets drafted him that he might not get back quick enough to make a difference:

Interesting. Rex admits he was cautious about drafting McDougle because of injury/lack of reps. Credits Idzik, DT and scouts for pick. #NYJ

Ryan also added that he challenged McDougle before practice and came away impressed with the rookie:

Here is one of the reasons why he was impressed:

Eric Decker had a good day today making a number of nice catches, especially in red zone drills:

Decker also showed some leadership qualities while talking to both Jace Amaro and the media:

“He’s a very mature kid at the age he’s at.” – Eric Decker on Geno Smith.

— Dan Leberfeld (@jetswhispers) June 11, 2014

Decker on Rex Ryan standing up for him in wake of the CMA Music Award dust up:

“That’s what so great about Rex Ryan, and really this organization,” Decker said. “Everyone here is a family. You take care of one another. That’s how you build a winning culture. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and for him to stand up and say that means a lot for me.”

Decker’s play on the field, the extra work with coaches and fellow receivers as well as his media savvy make him a de facto locker room leader and he is handling it well so far.

In other good news Dee Milliner practiced and did not have any ill effects coming from his hamstring tightness. Rex Ryan clarified that is not a hamstring pull of any kind, they were just exercising a large amount of caution.

Next week is mandatory mini-camp. It’s basically the same practice schedule except it’s mandatory. Next week we should get another advance in the Mike Goodson story. Hopefully they excuse him and keep him away from the rest of the team until they release him which seems to be the way they are heading. We’ll see next week.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Thanks for the report Craig. While good news that both Decker and McDougle have been impressive, I have to wonder how much of this is Rex talking up a player in the latter case. McDougal doesn’t fit the typical Rex Ryan mold for an outside corner. He likes physical man corners and McDougal played soft zone coverage in college. I’m not so much doubting his talent (though I believe they stretched for him in the third), but question the fit. Rex making his caution about drafting him public, and diverting the “credit” for his drafting to Idzik, might be a sign he’s separating from this pick. The need was for an outside corner to replace Cromartie, and we got a kid projected by most to be more of a slot/nickel corner in the pros. He was projected to go anywhere from the fifth to the seventh round, depending on what source you used, we grabbed him in the third. Great news to hear Milliner is once again on the field! As for Mcdougle cheating in OTA’s with the bump at the line on Amaro….it might have been to impress the coaches, but once the pads go on, we’ll see how he holds up!