WR Eric Decker - New York Jets
|6-3, 217||Born: 3-15-1987||College: Minnesota||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Oct 19): had a torn labrum and a lesion in his left hip repaired Tuesday, Oct. 18.
General News (Tue Oct 18): underwent hip surgery Tuesday, Oct. 18. Decker is expected to recover in six months. Once Decker sheds his crutches, he'll have another procedure on his injured shoulder. The estimated recovery time for the shoulder surgery is eight months.
Week 7: vs Baltimore Ravens
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Well, let's put it this way - Ryan Fitzpatrick got nothing going for the first 52 minutes of the game at Arizona (16/31 for 174 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception), so the Jets gave Geno Smith a shot for the final eight minutes of the 3-28 loss, and got a fumble that cost them a down and eight yards, an interception thrown, and 4/6 for 31 yards passing. After the game, head coach Todd Bowles said 'Fitz will be back next week. The game was 28-3. There was eight minutes left in the game. We weren't doing anything else. I just wanted to get (QB Geno Smith) some reps.' Brandon Marshall (six targets for 3/70/0) and Charone Peake (10 for 5/43/0) wre the most targeted Jets last week, while Quincy Enunwa (five for 3/42/0) and Robby Anderson (six for 4/24/0) all helped out in Eric Deckers' continuing absence (IR, hip surgery completed, shoulder surgery scheduled). Later in the week, coach Bowles started walking back the strong statement that Fitzgerald would be back as the starter. On Wednesday, news came down that Geno Smith would be the starter this week. The Ravens' pass defense got shredded by a resurgent Odell Beckham Jr. (10 targets for 8/222/2) and Eli Manning (32/46 for 397 net yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -6 yards) last weekend, after Kirk Cousins managed 29/41 for 250 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -10 yards two weeks ago. Baltimore is now ranked ninth in the league averaging 225.2 net yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores allowed, vs. eight interceptions (third in the NFL) and 11 sacks (tied for 19th) generated. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Baltimore has averaged 23.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (eighth-most in the NFL); and 35.5 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (second-most); with 4.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (sixth-least). The Jets need a spark in this phase of the game, while the Ravens are reeling from a spanking from the Giants - this looks like a neutral matchup to us. Also note, Terrell Suggs tore a biceps last week and may not play in this game, degrading the Ravens' pass rush/linebacking corps.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 3 vs KC (6 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker only made one catch and that catch didn't occur until the 4th quarter. Decker ran a deep post route and hauled in the strike to complete a 31-yard gain. Fitzpatrick struggled for nearly the entire game and not working Decker into the flow of the game may be a culprit of the game's outcome. Decker did receive one end zone target, but a great play by Eric Berry negated the scoring opportunity.
2016 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 126 / 1 rec)
Dating back to last season, Eric Decker has shown remarkable consistency. Not only has Decker served as Fitzpatrick's trusted option on third downs, but he's registered at least 85 receiving yards or a touchdown in 17 straight games. Decker extended that streak by not only scoring a 5-yard touchdown, but by also leading the team with 126 yards. Early in the second quarter, Decker lined up in the slot, beat Ronald Darby's press coverage at the line of scrimmage, ran a quick slant and hauled in a 5-yard touchdown pass. Decker's physicality at the line of scrimmage enabled him to negate Darby's tight coverage and position himself for an easy touchdown conversion. In the second half, Decker embarrassed Darby on a deep post to complete a 36-yard leaping grab. Decker displayed his impressive body control and elite concentration to come down with the catch. While the final stat line is impressive, Decker had an opportunity for an even bigger game, but a holding penalty by Ryan Clady negated a 40-yard strike downfield. Decker was flagged for taunting after the play, but remained poised for the remainder of the game. Credit Chan Gailey for moving all three of receivers around the formation and positioning Decker in the slot to win one-to-one match-ups that fans are used to watching.
2016 Week 1 vs CIN (7 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker only caught two passes on seven targets, but both of those catches had a major impact on the game. In second quarter, Fitzpatrick hit Decker with a back shoulder throw for a 15-yard touchdown. Decker has a made career out of using his big body to position himself to box out smaller corners. On the 15-yard touchdown strike, Decker boxed out Josh Shaw in the end zone to come down with the catch. In the fourth quarter, on a 3rd-and-5 play, Fitzpatrick found Decker deep down the seam for a 22-yard gain. This third down conversion set-up Nick Folk for a go-ahead field goal that put New York ahead, 22-20. After a Cincinnati field goal, Decker was targeted on Fitzpatrick's game-ending interception, but an errant throw and great play by Shaw left Decker helpless on the play.
Latest NewsJets | More on Eric Decker surgery (Wed Oct 19, 08:45 AM) - Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) had a torn labrum and a lesion in his left hip repaired Tuesday, Oct. 18. Our View: Once he's off crutches, he'll have the shoulder surgery, but it's unclear how long that will take. The shoulder surgery will require eight months of recovery, which puts his status for the beginning of the 2017 season up in the air.
link to story Jets | Eric Decker has hip surgery (Tue Oct 18, 04:43 PM) - New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hip) underwent hip surgery Tuesday, Oct. 18. Decker is expected to recover in six months. Our View: He's shut down for this year, but Decker will return for 2017. Once Decker sheds his crutches, he'll have another procedure on his injured shoulder. The estimated recovery time for the shoulder surgery is eight months.
link to story Jets | Eric Decker will undergo surgery (Wed Oct 12, 02:06 PM) - Updating a previous report, New York Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his partially torn rotator cuff. Our View: Decker's season is over, and the Jets will move forward with guys like Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson getting increased roles. Brandon Marshall remains their top receiver, and Marshall's targets certainly could increase even more with Decker done.
link to story Jets | Eric Decker to IR (Wed Oct 12, 11:00 AM) - New York Jets WR Eric Decker (shoulder) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a partially torn rotator cuff. Our View: Decker is likely to have season-ending surgery to repair this injury. The Jets will use more of Quincy Enunwa and maybe Robby Anderson in Decker's absence.
link to story Jets | Week 5 Inactives (Sun Oct 9, 11:48 AM) - The New York Jets have declared TE Braedon Bowman, OT Brian Winters, QB Bryce Petty, QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Darrelle Revis, WR Eric Decker, WR Jalin Marshall inactive for Week 5. More News
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