When the New York Jets heard wide receiver Eric Decker was informed of his torn rotator cuff injury, it was an early sign that things are not looking good for his return.
As per Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, wide receiver Eric Decker of the New York Jets is officially listed as out for today’s Week 4 matchup. The New York Jets welcome the Seattle Seahawks to MetLife Stadium but unfortunately will be without Decker today and possibly for a significant amount of time as he begins the rehab process.
It’s no secret that the wide receiver corps of the Jets are banged up a bit earlier than usual this season. Brandon Marshall has been dealing with a knee injury and now Decker with this torn rotator cuff injury, could spell disaster for the Jets’ offense.
The Jets can’t always depend on the run as they’ll undoubtedly need to have a balanced offense if they plan to have a season worthy of making an appearance in the NFL Playoffs. The best teams in the NFL have a solid rushing attack, a quality aerial dimension, and a defense capable of stopping anyone in their tracks.
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So far, the Jets have a lot of work to do in all three categories for them to be considered a consistent and competitive team. With Decker out, it’s unfortunate news but now gives opportunities to others.
All eyes are now on Quincy Enunwa to step up and deliver for the Jets at a time they need it. The Jets also brought back wide receiver Jeremy Ross for kickoff/punt duties and also depth at wide receiver.
The season is far from over for the Jets as there is plenty of football left to be played. Decker’s presence will be missed as he’s listed as “week-to-week” according to Popper via head coach Todd Bowles.
Decker will be closely monitored over the next few weeks but season-ending surgery might very well need to happen. Especially to avoid long-term issues with his shoulder.
He’s been a key member of offense as now the Jets will have to prove what they’re made of. This is a time of adversity with a new-look receiving corps that must deliver.
Overall, on all accounts, things aren’t looking good for Decker to return this season. It’s a shame really considering the season he put last year and the potential that could have been this season. Either way, the Jets will have to move on and continue the fight as the season progresses. This time around, however, with Decker watching on the sideline.