The New York Jets are enjoying their first win of the season but make no mistake about it, wide receiver Eric Decker continues to be an underrated yet big part of their success.
When the New York Jets originally acquired wide receiver Eric Decker back in 2014, many were a bit skeptical what he would bring to the table. While it was assumed he was a quality wide receiver, many thought he was just a product of future Pro Football Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
Under the old leadership regime of the Jets, they thought he would be a viable No. 1 receiving option when again, that’s not what his true potential was. Decker thrives as a solid No. 2 receiving option, especially in the slot.
Of course, at the time, the Jets’ receiving corps was lackluster at best but Decker made the most out of his new opportunity with his new team. It wasn’t until last season when the new leadership regime of the Jets decided to load up on offensive talent to put everyone, especially Decker, in a position to thrive in.
Once the Jets acquired wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it was then when Decker truly showed his potential. He became a touchdown-producing machine, to the point where he had an impressive streak of getting at least one touchdown per game.
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Last season with the Jets, Decker totaled 1,027 receiving yards, 80 receptions, and 12 touchdowns.
Thanks to all eyes being on Marshall by opposing defenders, Decker is truly underrated in the grand scheme of things.
His ability to make big plays, especially in the clutch, puts him in a position to make the Jets’ offense click on all cylinders.
Since Decker is able to take the top off of defenses with his excellent route-running, it brings such an incredible dimension on offense.
Decker already has a touchdown streak to start off the new season as he has one in each of the first two games of the year. Nobody really talks about him but he’s so crucial to the success of the Jets this season.
Overall, the underrated effect of Decker on the Jets is one of the best-kept secrets of the team. Everyone talks about their great defense, incredible running game, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick living up to his one-year/$12M contract. But when it comes to Decker, he’s one of the main reasons why the Jets have a real shot at making 2016 even more special than last season.