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WR Eric Decker - New York Jets

6-3, 217Born: 3-15-1987College: MinnesotaDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Decker is getting a ton of targets from Geno Smith, and that should not change against New England, although he could also be marooned on Revis Island. Consider him a boom/bust WR3/Flex for the championship.

Week 16: vs New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is an AFC East grudge match, so season records aren't really relevant - the Jets and the Patriots play each other tough every time they clash. Their last meeting was in Week Seven, when the Patriots prevailed 27-25 by blocking a last-second field-goal attempt by the Jets. Geno Smith threw 20/34 for 226 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, while taking three sacks for -21 yards, the last time he faced the Patriots. Since then he's gone to the bench and then been re-installed as the starter - last week, Smith managed 16/28 for 179 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with three sacks taken for -16 yards at Tennessee - Eric Decker led the team in receiving with 11 for 7/100/0, while Percy Harvin saw three passes for zero receptions and had one rush for 10 yards passing. Jace Amaro (one for 1/20/0) and Jeff Cumberland (two for 2/22/0) were the other receivers over 20 yards last week. Fullback John Conner (one for 1/9/1) managed the TD pass for Smith. The Patriots' pass D has allowed 29/47 for 308 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions (with four sacks for -38 yards) to Ryan Tannehill and 20/33 for 163 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with four sacks for -26 yards) to Philip Rivers over the last two games. They are currently 22nd in the NFL averaging 248.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 22 passing scores balanced by 15 interceptions (tied for ninth in the NFL) and 36 sacks (tied for 10th) generated to date. Smith has found a (modesty) rhythm of late, while the Patriots are fairly vulnerable in this phase of the game most weeks - at home we give Smith a slight edge over the Patriots' defenders in this phase of the contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at BUF 0 0 0 8 4 63 0 0
13 vs MIA 0 0 0 4 2 18 0 0
14 at MIN 0 0 0 8 6 89 0 0
15 at TEN 0 0 0 11 7 100 0 0
16 vs NE 0 0 0 4 2 21 0 0
16 vs NE PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
16 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
16 vs NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

New York only called 15 pass plays, so Decker's opportunities were limited. New York clearly didn't trust Geno Smith's ability to pass, so Decker spent the majority of the game blocking on the perimeter. Early in the first quarter, Decker caught Smith's first pass attempt on a short crossing route for a 7-yard gain. Late in the fourth quarter, Smith and Decker hooked up for an 11-yard gain on a 3rd-and-8 play. Decker ran a quick hitch, secured the catch, and accelerated up the sideline for the first down. Despite making this play, Smith threw an interception on his next pass attempt which ended the game.

2014 Week 14 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)

Eric Decker had a relatively quiet game until the late in the third quarter. Decker had two plays that went for 20+ yards during the second half. On a 2nd-and-9 play from New York's 47-yard line, Smith threw a deep post to Decker for a 29-yard gain. In overtime, Smith went back to Decker on a key third down. On a 3rd-and-3 play from New York's 27-yard line, Smith found Decker deep down the left side for a big 26-yard gain. After this big play, New York's offense sputtered and failed to drive into field goal territory. Harvin left with an ankle injury during the fourth quarter, so Decker saw a few additional targets. If the injury proves to be season ending, Decker will receive more targets.

2014 Week 15 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 100 / 0 rec)

Decker had his 100-yard game as a Jet, but two miscues stopped him from having a career day. During the third quarter, Decker ran a deep cross route, ran pass safety Michael Griffin, who was playing man coverage, and accelerated into the open field. Decker's path to the end zone was relatively clear as he sprinted for an 81-yard touchdown. The replay review system showed that Decker stepped out of bounds at Tennessee's 33-yard line, negating the scoring play. It was a crushing blow for New York's offense, which desperately needed a spark. At the end of the third quarter, Decker appeared to have another 30+ yard play in his grasps, but Decker dropped a pass that bounced off his chest. Decker motioned that he lost the ball in the lights, but New York did not pay him $36 million for him to come up small in these situations. Overall, Decker had success beating Tennessee's man coverage and was able to make a few big plays, but Decker failed to capitalize on the opportunities for big plays.


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