WR Eric Decker - Free Agent
|6-3, 217||Born: 3-15-1987||College: Minnesota||Drafted: Round 3, pick 87 (2010)|
2017 Week 1 vs OAK (8 / 3 / 10 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker did not look sharp in his Titans debut, catching three of his eight targets for 10 total yards. Decker was definitely out-shined by his counterparts Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis, despite his relatively equal target share. Decker was routinely covered and rarely open. In one opportunity to make a big third down catch mid-way through the third quarter, Decker simply tripped up on his route instead of hauling in what would have been at least as 15-yard completion. On a positive note though, Decker did receive a couple of targets in the red zone - an encouraging note for a proven red zone threat such as Decker.
2017 Week 2 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker started hot by hauling in the first two receptions of the game for the Titans. His second catch was his longest, for 16 yards, coming as Decker stopped on a dime and hauled in a slightly overthrown ball for before being immediately tackled. Decker hauled in one additional reception later in the second quarter, then was not targeted again as the Titans threw only a handful of passes in the second half.
2017 Week 3 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker posted season-highs with four receptions for 49 yards, but he had a rather forgettable day as he tangled quite a few times with Richard Sherman and others in the Seahawks secondary. The very first pass thrown Decker's way was intercepted by Kam Chancellor but called back due to offsetting penalties between Decker and Sherman. On the next pass thrown his way, Decker snagged a toe-tapper while falling out of bounds to set up the Titans in scoring position. On the next pass play though, Decker canceled out his gain plus more with back to back penalties (holding, then offensive pass interference). Mariota went right back to him on a long third down for 16 yards, but it was not enough for the first down. That drive accounted for most of Decker's production as he only caught one pass in the second half for 11 yards.
2017 Week 4 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker caught his only two targets for 13 yards. He caught one pass early from Marcus Mariota, and another late in the fourth quarter from Matt Cassel. Decker was not at all a factor in this game as the Titans offense struggled overall.
2017 Week 5 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker had another mediocre outing this week, amassing only 34 yards from four receptions. Decker tied for the team lead in targets with six, which is encouraging from a usage perspective as he has been an afterthought in this offense for most of the season. Three of Decker's four receptions came on the Titans only touchdown drive on their first possession after halftime. Outside of that drive, Decker was ineffective as this entire offense struggled.
2017 Week 6 vs IND (9 / 7 / 88 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker led the Titans in receiving this week, hauling in seven of nine targets for 88 yards. This was easily Decker's best performance of the year, as he finally appeared to be a focal point of the Titans pass attack. Decker's first catch of the game was his longest play of the season, a 40-yard grab coming from a deep crossing route where the Colts simply left him uncovered as they were partly fooled by the play action. Decker hauled in another long pass for 21 yards in the third quarter, again off play action. That drive was a good one for Decker, as he caught three passes in total. Decker has still yet to find the end zone this season though, despite coming to the Titans as a guy they thought would be as impactful in the red zone as he has been in previous seasons throughout his career.
2017 Week 7 vs CLE (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker followed up his best game of the season by not making a single catch from his two targets in this week's game against the Brown. This was the first time Decker had been held without a catch in a game he started since the 2011 season.
2017 Week 9 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker had few highlights in this game where he received only four targets, but he did find the end zone for the first time this season on a designed misdirection play where Mariota bootlegged right before cutting back to the left and throwing to Decker for the score. Outside of that play, Decker was not heavily utilized at all as it looks like he is expected to slide into a role as the third receiver now that Corey Davis has returned.
2017 Week 11 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker hauled in just three receptions on three targets for 37 yards last week. He made some great plays, but Decker is not nearly as involved in this offense now that Corey Davis has returned. Over the last two games, Decker has been targeted just six times while playing less than 50% of the snaps. While Davis was out, Decker was on the field for more than 80% of the snaps in each game, so it is obvious that he is taking a back seat to Davis.
2017 Week 12 vs IND (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
The height of Eric Decker's day came on Titans' third play of the game as Decker caught a strike from Mariota on over the middle for 17 yards. Decker saw just three more targets after that play, hauling in two of them for a combined six yards.
2017 Week 13 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker saw more playing time this week with Rishard Matthews out again. Decker actually led the team in targets with six, but he managed to catch just half of those targets for 27 yards. He was targeted on three straight plays on a Titans drive midway through the second quarter, one of which was a deep ball that Decker just missed on. Decker also did a great job drawing a couple of pass interference penalties that would not show up on the stat sheet but was impactful in moving the Titans down the field.
2017 Week 14 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 56 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker led the team in receiving with 56 yards on a rough day for the offense as a whole. He hauled in a 16-yard pass on the Titans' second drive of the game. Decker also caught an 11-yard pass for a big first down to set up the only Titans touchdown of the game. Decker accounted for the longest play of the game for the Titans as well - a 29-yard catch and run late in the third quarter.
2017 Week 15 vs SF (5 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker made a few nice grabs in this game as he finished as the second-best receiver for the Titans despite not finding the end zone. He caught all five of his targets, with four of those receptions going for over 10 yards as he proved to be very effective on the intermediate-length routes. Decker was a big part of the Titans' first drive after halftime. He ran a nice route to the outside and did a good job coming back to the ball to haul in a 12-yard reception on 3rd-and-10 to keep that drive alive. A few plays later, Decker had his longest play of the game as he another corner route, deep to the right side this time and made the easy catch for 17 yards. Decker did make an impressive catch late in the third quarter for seven yards near the red zone as he had to jump up with a defender around his waist to bring in the ball. That would mark his last catch of the game though.
2017 Week 16 vs LAR (10 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker finished as the most heavily targeted receiver for the Titans this past week with 10 in total, hauling in six of those for 73 receiving yards. He had a couple of clutch receptions within the red zone in the first half, but most of his production ended up coming after halftime. Decker showed his physicality throughout this game, and especially after his long reception of the day for 25 yards as he stiff-armed the Rams defender while running to the sideline for an extra 13 yards after the catch. Decker now has over 55 receiving yards in three straight games exceeding the 50-yard mark in a game just once through the first 13 weeks of the season.
2017 Week 17 vs JAX (6 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker was the most heavily targeted Titans receiver as he finished with six targets, hauling in three of them for 18 yards. Decker was the only receiver that could get open here as he lined up out of the slot for most of the day, avoiding coverage from Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Decker had some opportunities, but he actually dropped three passes, two of which were mistakes more so by Marcus Mariota than Decker. Decker's third drop was unquestionably his fault though, as the ball bounced right off his chest.
2017 Week 18 vs KC (5 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker's struggles continued early in this game as he couldn't haul in either of his first two targets while committing a very ugly drop early in the second quarter. This pass was thrown right at Decker and bounced off his hands on a play that would have converted a third down for the Titans. Decker would redeem himself in a big way later in this game though as he ran an impressive post pattern right down the seam and hauled in a perfectly thrown pass with a defender hanging on his back as he crossed the goal line. This touchdown reception was just Decker's second of the year, but it was one of the biggest touchdowns of the season for the Titans as this inevitably would be the game-winner that moved them forward in the playoffs.
2017 Week 19 vs NE (7 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker led the Titans in receiving with six receptions for 85 yards. Decker's first reception would have gone for 13 yards early in the second quarter if not for a very disputable offensive pass interference penalty that would end up ultimately stalling the drive for the Titans. Decker's first actual reception would come on the next drive as Decker ran right through the zone coverage of the Patriots into a wide-open hole to complete a 22-yard reception, tied for his longest of the game. Decker's second 22-yard reception came on a big third-and-ten on the final drive for the Titans which ultimately resulted in their second touchdown of the game. This was a very impressive catch made by Decker as he was falling out of bounds, barely tapping the toes to keep them in. The play would stand after an official review, marking one of the more impressive catches of the game.
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.
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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
Due to game flow, Eric Decker was only targeted three times, but converted one of his targets into a 15-yard touchdown. Late in the second quarter, Decker ran a deep corner route and hauled the touchdown that ultimately gave New York the lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Outside of this scoring play, Decker primarily functioned as a blocker.
2015 Week 2 vs IND (11 / 8 / 97 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker had eight receptions for 97 yards before leaving the game in the second half with an apparent knee injury. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Eric Decker were connecting at will in this game off of slants through the middle of the field. The zone coverage of the Colts was giving Decker all kinds of room all night. These open formations allowed Decker to create mismatches against linebackers who could not stay with him in the open field. Decker's touchdown came in the first quarter after an Andrew Luck interception where Fitzpatrick connected with him underneath in the slot with a quick 6-yard throw. This gave the Jets an early 7-0 lead. Decker's longest catch was for just 20 yards as most were for chunks of 10-15 yards consistently all night. Decker will undergo an MRI Tuesday on his injured knee.
2015 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker returned after missing last week tilt due to a knee sprain. Decker was used sparingly throughout the game, but Chan Gailey picked the right spots to deploy him. Decker didn't start, but ran the majority of his slot. Right before halftime, Decker ran one of his patented slant routes and hauled in a 10-yard touchdown. Decker was not playing at 100 percent, but turned in a gutty performance. The bye week will hopefully give him enough to heal up.
2015 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 59 / 1 rec)
An early miscue by Eric Decker set the tone of New York's dismal first half. On New York's first play, Decker ran a quick slant, secured the catch, but fumbled the ball after getting hit. Washington was able to convert Decker's mistake into a Pierre Garcon touchdown strike. Late in the first quarter, Fitzpatrick found Decker deep down the left sideline for a 35-yard catch and run. Decker was physical at the point of the catch and was able to evade his initial defender. A second defender, however, was able to trip up Decker and was tackled at the 1-yard line. Chris Ivory finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Decker was able to salvage his afternoon with a 2-yard touchdown grab early in the fourth quarter. Decker is clearly New York's #2 option behind Brandon Marshall and will need to improve his ball security.
2015 Week 7 vs NE (12 / 6 / 94 / 0 rec)
Bill Belichick rolled his coverage to Brandon Marshall, giving Decker multiple opportunities to make plays. Decker received a team-high 12 targets and covered his catches into four key third-down conversions. He battled Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler throughout the game, but an obvious size mismatch favored Decker. Decker beat Butler in man coverage and found room to run on deep drag routes. Decker caught the game's final pass, a deep drag across the middle of the field, but was tackled and New York was unable to finish off the comeback.
2015 Week 8 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec)
Batting through a knee injury, Eric Decker took a backseat to Marshall in the passing game, but made plays when called upon. Decker's presence was felt during the third and fourth quarters as New York was attempting to mount a fourth quarter comeback. Decker caught a touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Decker beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage, ran a sharp post route and secured a 9-yard touchdown. Credit Geno Smith for a tight throw on the scoring play. With Marshall hobbled during the fourth quarter, Decker became the focal point of New York's passing attack. During New York's final drive, Decker secured three catches, including a big 21-yard gain on a 4th-and-19 play. Decker has bought stability and consistently to this offense and may be asked to do more in the coming weeks.
2015 Week 9 vs JAX (9 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)
Another week, another solid performance for Eric Decker. Week in and week out, Decker proves that he's an ideal second wide receiver for any offense. With Jacksonville's top corner, Davon House, focused on Brandon Marshall, Decker found a lot of room to room in Jacksonville's secondary. Decker ran his normal array of slants, crossing routes, and deep drags, easily beating man coverage at the line of scrimmage and out-muscling defenders at the catch point. Decker displayed his end-zone prowess in the first quarter by beating a defender and securing a 7-yard touchdown on a back shoulder throw. Decker was also instrumental on third downs, making big plays in the second half to keep drives alive.
2015 Week 10 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 85 / 1 rec)
Another week, another solid performance for Eric Decker. Brandon Marshall was the focal point of Buffalo's defense, but drops and mental mistakes limited his impact. Decker became the preferred option of Fitzpatrick by making tough catches over the middle of the field. Midway through the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick found Decker streaking down the seam for a 31-yard touchdown. Decker was easily able to get behind the defense and hauled in Fitzpatrick's strong throw to finish the scoring play. A few plays earlier, Decker converted on a key fourth down play by running a deep drag route and securing a 19-yard grab. New York had its chances to sneak away with a win, but Fitzpatrick audibled out of some designed runs and targeted Decker on pick plays. Decker was the targeted receiver on the first pick play, but his designated 'pick' player was unable to secure his block. A better effort from the pick player results in Decker's second touchdown.
2015 Week 11 vs HOU (11 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
Surprisingly, Eric Decker was held without a catch during the first half. Decker, however, became the focal point of New York's attack during the second half. New York made a concerted effort to get Decker open in space and matched him up against rookie, Kevin Johnson. Decker toasted Johnson in one-on-one situation, ripping through press coverage at the line of scrimmage to run free in the secondary. Late in the fourth quarter, Decker made an impressive, acrobatic catch against Johnson a deep drag route for a 25-yard gain. Overall, credit Houston's front seven for wreaking havoc and not allowing New York's offense to develop any rhythm.
2015 Week 12 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Another week, another solid performance by Eric Decker. Decker caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season, running a quick slant and completing a 3-yard scoring play in the third quarter. New York stacked Decker and Quincy Enunwa in the slot and utilized Enunwa to clear out the defenders. Decker was open at the catch point and did a nice job of looking the ball in to finish the scoring play. Outside of the scoring play, Decker dominated Brice McCain in one-on-one situations. Decker ran his normal route tree, utilizing his size and strength to win on shallow crossing routes and come back routes. Decker could have padded his stat line with an additional touchdown, but dropped an easy touchdown during the first half.
2015 Week 13 vs NYG (12 / 8 / 101 / 0 rec)
A common theme has emerged when watching Decker's performances; he disappears during the first half, but tends to dominate after halftime. After (another) quiet first half, Decker caught fire during the second half, collecting 80 of his 101 yards in the second half and overtime. After halftime, the Jets opted to move Decker into the slots---and the Giants did not have an answer for it. At one point during the third quarter, Fitzpatrick completed three straight passes to Decker on post routes for first downs. The Giants rotated corners into the slot, but were unable to slow down Decker. While Marshall had the critical touchdown in the fourth quarter, Decker made a high-leverage grab in overtime to step-up the Jets' field goal attempt. Decker defeated press coverage at the line of scrimmage, ran a tight post route and hauled in a 17-yard pass.
2015 Week 14 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 74 / 1 rec)
Another week, another strong performance by Eric Decker. Once again, Decker operated out of the slot and dominated smaller corners with regularly. During the first quarter, Decker ran an option route, pivoting to a post-route and hauled in a 16-yard touchdown strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Decker won his one-on-one match-up and Fitzpatrick delivered a strike. Decker was a lynch pin on third down, hauling in passes over the middle of the field. Due to game flow, Decker only saw two targets during the second half, but made the most of his opportunities during the first half.
2015 Week 15 vs DAL (10 / 6 / 55 / 1 rec)
Another week, another solid performance by Eric Decker. Decker scored his 10th touchdown of the season midway through the fourth quarter. Decker used his frame and physically at the line of scrimmage, pushed away a smaller defender and secured a 3-yard scoring strike. Early in the second quarter, Decker appeared to suffer a scary knee/ankle injury when he was awkwardly tackled. Luckily, Decker missed a few plays and returned to the game.
2015 Week 16 vs NE (6 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Credit Malcolm Butler for shutting Eric Decker down for 60 minutes, but Decker finally won in overtime when the game was on the line. Decker made the play of the game by beating Butler on a corner route for a 6-yard game winning touchdown reception. Decker won at the line of scrimmage and didn't allow Butler to recover. Decker has been arguably the most consistent wide receiver in football, posting either a touchdown or 85 receiving yards in every game this season.
2015 Week 17 vs BUF (9 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker finished off his season in fitting fashion--by catching another touchdown pass. Decker secured his 12th touchdown grab in the third quarter. Decker ran a deep post route, slightly pushed off of his defender, and ran free for a 27-yard touchdown. Outside of this scoring play, Buffalo's secondary held Decker in check. Fitzpatrick struggled for the majority of the game and his pass catchers ultimately suffered.
2014 Week 1 vs OAK (6 / 5 / 74 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker was targeted a team high six times, but Smith was intercepted on the lone misfire between the two. Decker was whistled for a few penalties, namely holding on run plays and offensive pass interference for being too physical beyond the five-yard buffer. The majority of Decker's receptions occurred on bunch formations where New York set blocks to give Decker opportunities in space. Decker's longest reception occurred on a deep post pattern where he beat Charles Woodson with a double move. Decker received one red zone target from Michael Vick on a designed gimmick play. Decker ran a drag route along the back of the end zone, but Vick overthrew him. A well placed throw would have resulted in an easy touchdown.
2014 Week 2 vs GB (7 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)
Despite leaving midway through the third quarter with a hamstring injury, Decker continued to make big plays for New York's offense. Early in the first quarter, Smith threw a perfect back shoulder fade to Decker who easily secured the catch for a 29-yard touchdown. Decker reached over the smaller Sam Shields to make the play. Early in the third quarter, Decker beat Shields on a deep post route, but Smith overthrew him by a few yards. If Smith delivers a well-placed throw, it's an easy touchdown. New York's play calling has been relatively conservative, so Decker has been featured on bunch formations that allow him to make plays after the catch. Decker left midway through the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Decker did not go to the locker room and watched the rest of the game from the sidelines. New York clearly missed Decker as their comeback fell short.
2014 Week 3 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
For the second straight week, Eric Decker attempted to play through a hamstring injury, but left after the first quarter. Decker was able to secure one pass on a deep out route, but was unable to play through the injury. New York's offense sorely missed Decker's presence, especially in the red zone.
2014 Week 4 vs DET (10 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)
Despite reports of being limited, Eric Decker played extremely well and did not show any signs of his balky hamstring. Decker was responsible for New York's lone passing touchdown. During the third quarter, Eric ran a shallow crossing pass, shook off the first defender, and lunged through two defenders to complete an 11-yard touchdown. Simply put, Decker's effort made this scoring play happen. Decker was targeted twice in the end zone, but poor throws by Smith did not allow Decker to make a play. Decker ran the majority of his routes in the short-to-intermediate vicinity and did not have any problems making cuts. All of New York's receivers were plagued by Smith's overall erratic play.
2014 Week 6 vs DEN (10 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
Decker was a welcomed addition for an offense that has been completely devoid of playmakers. Smith did not waste any time getting Decker involved. On his first pass attempt, Smith threw a quick bubble screen to Decker who generated 14 yards after the catch. While Decker was normally featured on a quick slats and wide receiver screens, Smith keyed on him during third down and long opportunities. Decker received four of his ten targets on third down and turned three of those targets into first downs. During the fourth quarter, Decker ran a quick slant and easily secured a two-yard touchdown. Denver had a lapse in coverage and Decker took advantage.
2014 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 4 / 65 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker played through his hamstring injury and appeared on 65 of 87 offensive snaps. New England put Darrelle Revis on Decker for the majority of the game, but Decker found success on a short slants. Three of Decker's four receptions went for first downs, including two key third-down catches during the third quarter. On a 3rd-and-12 play from New England's 26-yard line, Decker ran post route, won inside position against Revis and hauled in an 18-yard gain for a first down. Two plays later, Ivory cashed in with a 1-yard touchdown run. Despite the added attention from Revis, New York's other receivers only accounted for three catches, which underlines the issue with New York's offense. Decker was not on the field for the key fourth quarter, two-point conversion play
2014 Week 8 vs BUF (11 / 7 / 40 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker led the team with eleven targets, but was not featured on any vertical routes. All of Decker's routes were run within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage as New York emphasized quick throws for its quarterbacks. Decker had a long reception of 11 yards, which occurred on a crossing route. New York's quarterback play was abysmal and all of the receivers suffered. It's clear that Vick did not receive many practice reps with the first time offense as his timing was off on a lot of his throws.
2014 Week 9 vs KC (12 / 9 / 63 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker was targeted 12 times, but alike Harvin, accumulated the majority of his yardage during the second half. Decker was responsible for New York's only touchdown, which occurred late in the second quarter. On a 3rd-and-Goal play from Kansas City's 3-yard line, Decker ran a quick slant and ran untouched for the short touchdown. Kansas City had a breakdown in coverage and Decker took advantage of it for an easy score. Decker amassed 43 of his 63 yards late in the fourth quarter during garbage time. Kansas City played deep, relaxed zone coverage and Decker took advantage with underneath routes.
2014 Week 10 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
New York's offense dominated early on and Michael Vick only attempted 18 passes, so Decker's opportunities were limited. Decker caught three of his four targets and continued to catch passes near the line of scrimmage and generate yards after the catch. Midway through the third quarter, Decker caught a wide receiver, turned up field and secured a 14-yard gain.
2014 Week 12 vs BUF (8 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker was targeted a team-high eight times and barely missed an opportunity for a long touchdown play. During the first half, Decker ran a go-route and ran beyond Buffalo's coverage. Vick barely overthrew Decker, who would have easily run for a 70-yard touchdown. Decker did not run full speed to catch up to the pass, but Vick's throw was off target. During the second half, Decker ran another a deep go-route and connected for a 34-yard gain. Vick threw a beautiful back-shoulder throw and Decker displayed impressive body control and poise to secure the catch.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs NE (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker was a non-factor as New England opted to roll either Darrelle Revis or Brandon Browner to Decker's side. Decker made catches during the first and fourth quarters for minimal gains. During the first quarter, Smith hit Decker on a quick strike for an 8-yard gain. During the fourth quarter, Smith found Decker on a slant route for a 15-yard gain. Decker's first season in New York has been relatively disappointing, but he'll have one more chance next week against Miami.
2014 Week 17 vs MIA (11 / 10 / 221 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker posted a career-high 224 yards as he burnt Miami's vulnerable secondary throughout the game. During the first three quarters, Decker whipped Cortland Finnegan for multiple big plays as Finnegan lacked the toughness and speed to keep up with Decker. During the third quarter, Finnegan attempted to aggressively jam Decker at the line of scrimmage, but Decker easily ripped through Finnegan, broke free, and anticipated a perfect throw for Geno Smith. The timing between Smith and Decker was perfect as Decker reached up, secured the pass, and ran 60+ yards for a 74-yard touchdown. During the next drive, Miami replaced Finnegan with Pro Bowl cornerback, Brent Grimes, but Decker found success against Grimes. Decker and Smith hooked up for a 50-yard gain on a deep post route as Decker once again broke free from coverage and Smith delivered a perfectly thrown pass. New York also featured Decker on wide receiver screens that were reminiscent of plays called for Demaryius Thomas. Decker missed some time during the second quarter due to a head injury, but came back into the game and finished the 2014 season with a vengeance.
2013 Week 1 vs BAL (7 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Despite Manning's record-setting performance, Eric Decker had a game to forget, making several mental errors and generally just being invisible. Decker finished the game with more drops (3) than receptions (2). He also threw in an offensive pass interference penalty, and fumbled out of bounds after being careless with the ball one of the few times he did manage to get his hands on it.
2013 Week 2 vs NYG (13 / 9 / 87 / 0 rec)
A week after playing one of his worst games as a pro, Eric Decker was the focal point of Denver's passing game. His play against New York was better, but still inconsistent, as he once again had a couple of drops and mental errors. Decker's day was summed up in Denver's final drive, as Decker was targeted on third down and easily got open to convert, then was targeted again on third down but broke out of his route late and fell to the turf, forcing the Broncos to settle for a field goal. His talent is obvious, but Decker still struggles to display it for a full 60 minutes.
2013 Week 3 vs OAK (8 / 8 / 133 / 1 rec)
After two weeks characterized by mental errors and miscues, Denver continued to feed the ball to Eric Decker in week 3 and he rewarded their patience with a huge game. Decker was the only Denver player with more than one target who didn't have a drop on the night, as he hauled in all 8 of his targets for 133 yards, including 61 yards off of one of Denver's rare deep attempts. On his big play, Decker showed some great RAC skills, crossing behind the back of safety Brandian Ross and getting him turned around in a move reminiscent of a famous Barry Sanders run. Decker's touchdown came on a play that demonstrates just how dangerous this offense is, as Oakland was so preoccupied with Welker and the Thomases they simply lost track of Decker in the back of the end zone. Decker did see slightly less playing time than usual, as Andre Caldwell replaced him for about a dozen snaps and Decker came off the field for about a dozen more when Denver used its rare 3-TE sets in the second half.
2013 Week 4 vs PHI (7 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec)
After a game against New York where he caught literally everything that came his way, Decker was back to his inconsistent ways against Philadelphia. On Denver's lone three-and-out, Decker managed to get wide open deep only to see the ball fall off his fingertips. The ball was slightly overthrown and the catch would have been difficult, but had he secured it there would have been nothing between Decker and an 80-yard touchdown. Decker redeemed himself just before halftime with Denver's longest pass play of the game, a 52-yard reception on 2nd and 12, but that drive ultimately stalled out on 3rd and 12 after Decker used a phenomenal move to get open (including using some veteran savvy to get away with a very subtle push), but then dropped the ball as it hit him in the hands. Outside of the 52-yard reception, Decker's biggest impact on the game came in the form of a pair of defensive pass interference penalties drawn, the first of which gave Denver 1st-and-goal from the 1 and the second of which converted a 3rd down.
2013 Week 5 vs DAL (8 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)
The full range of Eric Decker was on display very early for Denver, as Decker converted Denver's first 3rd down with a 16-yard gain over the middle on 3rd-and-4, only to fumble the ball away to the Cowboys at the end of the run. Eric Decker was also the intended target on Peyton Manning's first interception of the season, as Decker seemed to lose the ball in the sun, but the pass was badly underthrown and Decker never had a chance at it. In addition to his miscues, Decker also made enough positive plays to show why Denver is willing to tolerate his inconsistencies. Decker was responsible for Denver's longest play of the game as he fought through defensive holding by Morris Claiborne to track down and secure a 57 yard pass down field. For the season, Decker, not Demaryius Thomas, has been Peyton Manning's favorite target in the deep game. Decker also caught his second touchdown of the season on a pass from the 2-yard line, and was the intended target of another 2-yard scoring pass that fell incomplete. For the game, Decker led all Denver WRs in targets and receiving as he topped 87 yards for the fourth consecutive game.
2013 Week 6 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker had a relatively quiet game against Jacksonville, receiving 7 targets and catching 5 of them for a modest 50 yards. Decker wasn't targeted once on 3rd down or in the red zone, but he also managed to avoid his mental errors and inconsistent play. The best play of the day for Eric Decker came on a Ronnie Hillman run around right end where Hillman fumbled at the end and Decker reacted quickly enough to outmuscle a pair of Jacksonville defenders for the recovery.
2013 Week 7 vs IND (13 / 8 / 150 / 1 rec)
On a night where not much was going right for Denver's offense, Eric Decker was a rare bright spot. Denver's first touchdown drive of the game was a two-play, 44-yard drive that consisted solely of a pair of deep passes to Decker for the score. Manning would later hook up with Decker for another pair of deep passes, good for 49 and 20 yards, with Decker able to duck out of bounds on the latter to preserve some clock for Denver. Decker also grabbed a 7 yard pickup on 3rd and 6 in the red zone, setting Denver up for an easy 1-yard touchdown plunge on the next play. Decker probably should have had a second touchdown, as Decker caught the ball, took two steps, and lunged for (and hit) the pylon with the ball. Unfortunately, when Decker hit the ground with the ball extended out, it came loose. The official ruled the play an incomplete pass, coach John Fox chose not to challenge, and Denver was forced to settle for a field goal on the drive.
2013 Week 8 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Early in the first quarter, Eric Decker saw several of his snaps taken by #4 receiver Andre Caldwell for reasons that were not obvious. That proved to be an aberration, as Decker rarely left the field from the 2nd quarter onwards. Eric Decker has remained Peyton Manning's favorite deep target this season, and Manning looked his way down the field on back-to-back downs on the game-tying touchdown drive, although both passes were off target and fell incomplete. Decker was also targeted on a fade in the end zone, but the defender got a good press on him at the snap and Decker never had a chance at the ball.
2013 Week 10 vs SD (5 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Decker only received 5 targets against San Diego, as Demaryius Thomas and Knowshon Moreno each had their turn to be featured in Denver's passing carousel. Decker's first three targets were all completed for first downs, including a 34 yard gain and a 6-yard reception on 3rd and 3. Decker wouldn't be targeted again until near the end of the game, when he made a great adjustment to get his hands on a deep pass on 3rd down but couldn't quite hold on. His final target of the game also came on 3rd down, when Decker seemed to run a half-hearted route and couldn't make a play on the ball. While Decker had a relatively quiet day receiving, his blocking played a major role in Denver's victory, as he was responsible for a monster block at the sidelines on Julius Thomas' touchdown that was probably the difference between a 20-yard first down and a 74-yard score.
2013 Week 11 vs KC (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker wasn't heavily featured against the Chiefs, receiving only two targets in the first half and not catching his first pass until after the two-minute warning in the second quarter. Despite that, no Bronco was more efficient and effective in his limited role than Decker. Of Decker's five receptions, four converted a first down, with the exception being a 9-yard gain on 1st-and-10. Decker also added a 4-yard gain on 3rd-and-4 and a 33-yard gain on 3rd-and-3, with the bulk of the latter reception coming after the catch. Decker also managed to get wide open in the end zone on a fake screen, but Peyton Manning simply didn't see him.
2013 Week 13 vs KC (12 / 8 / 174 / 4 rec)
Eric Decker hadn't been featured much in recent weeks, averaging just 5 targets per game since Denver's week 9 bye. All of that changed against Kansas City, as Decker got his turn in the spotlight. After Demaryius Thomas repeatedly torched rookie CB Marcus Cooper in the teams' first meeting, Kansas City opted to let him spend most of the day shadowing Decker, and Peyton Manning once again spent all day picking on him in coverage. Decker's first few looks of the day were off-target, but eventually Peyton Manning settled into a rhythm and the pair put on a deep-passing clinic. Decker had gains of 41 yards, 42 yards, 37 yards, and 18 yards, all of which came almost entirely through the air, and he also drew a 19-yard defensive pass interference penalty. Two of his 30+ yard receptions resulted in touchdowns, and the third set Denver up with 1st-and-goal from the three. Decker also caught what was officially a 15-yard touchdown reception, but with Decker positioned at the very back of the end zone, the ball once again traveled over 20 yards through the air. Just for good measure, Decker also added a 1-yard touchdown reception to end Denver's scoring outburst. His four touchdowns on the day set a new team record, and more than doubled his touchdown total through the first 11 games of the season.
2013 Week 14 vs TEN (12 / 8 / 117 / 1 rec)
While he has had a very inconsistent season, Eric Decker managed to have one of his best games of the year against the Tennessee Titans. Decker did join in on the parade of drops with his first dropped pass in the past month, but he also secured a team-high 12 targets, and turned them into 8 receptions for 117 yards and a TD. Decker briefly had another touchdown, but replay review showed he was down by contact at the 2-yard line. He continued his play as Peyton Manning's favorite deep target, and hauled in a pair of deep receptions. Decker was also a force in the running game, sealing the edge several times and generally doing what was necessary to help the Broncos move the chains a team-record 39 times, the second-best figure in NFL history.
2013 Week 15 vs SD (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
With Wes Welker out with a concussion, Denver opted to use Decker more in the slot, and he didn't thrive in the unfamiliar role. Decker, a natural outside receiver, struggled to get open in the middle of the field, as he received just 5 targets and only managed to catch two of them, both of them deep passes over the middle. The lack of a reliable target on the short routes over the middle played a big role in Denver's struggles in 3rd-and-manageable situations against San Diego.
2013 Week 16 vs HOU (17 / 10 / 131 / 2 rec)
Eric Decker continued to be a monster down the stretch for the Denver Broncos, and his 17 targets against the Texans were the most by any Bronco in any game this year, but it almost didn't happen. Decker had a big catch over the middle nullified on the 1st series by an illegal formation penalty, and he grabbed a 35-yard reception deep down the seam on the second series. On Denver's 3rd series, he banged his knee against a defender's and went down to the ground, getting helped off the field by team trainers. Decker recovered quickly and returned to the field in time to get 14 more targets and a pair of touchdowns. Very little went wrong for Decker, with the exception being an attempted 1-handed grab right after halftime that he couldn't bring in, leading to the first of Denver's three consecutive three-and-outs. With Welker out, Decker played about half of his snaps in the slot for Denver, and he performed much better in the role this week, grabbing a pair of scores and generally just terrorizing the middle of Houston's defensive backfield.
2013 Week 17 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 27 / 1 rec)
After an inconsistent start to the season, Eric Decker continued his extremely reliable recent play against Oakland. While he's been one of Peyton's favorite targets downfield, Denver's game plan called instead for a lot of short dumpoffs, and Decker made the most of them. Only one of his targets fell incomplete, and Decker deserves none of the blame; on the play, an Oakland defender grabbed his face mask and turned his head around as the ball arrived. In addition to his play as a receiver, Eric Decker continued to be Denver's best downfield blocker, and his stellar play in that facet is a big factor contributing to Denver's dominance in the screen game this season.
2013 Week 19 vs SD (5 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
After seeming to find a bit of consistency to end the season, Eric Decker's up-and-down play returned against the San Diego Chargers. With Wes Welker returning from injury and Trindon Holliday prone to fumbling, Eric Decker spent time fielding punts for the Broncos, and on one return managed to get behind the Chargers with a clear path to the end zone before tripping in the open field. On San Diego's onside kick attempt, Eric Decker went up to catch the ball but couldn't bring it in, leading to a San Diego recovery. As a receiver, Decker contributed one of Denver's five drops, after Peyton Manning threw him an end zone target that hit him in the hands, but which he wound up tipping to a San Diego defender for the interception. The brightest spot of Decker's day undoubtedly remained his work in the blocking game, where Decker remains one of the best receivers in the league and an underrated part of Denver's offensive success.
2013 Week 20 vs NE (8 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker had a strong, mistake-free performance against the New England Patriots. Each of his five receptions went for a first down, and Decker again finished without any drops. Decker was Manning's favorite target on 3rd down, although the pair struggled to convert at times. Also, unlike the previous week against the Chargers, when Denver's opponent attempted a desperation onside kick at the end of the game, Decker managed to field it cleanly and secure the football for the Broncos.
2013 Week 21 vs SEA (5 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker drew Denver's toughest assignment against Seattle, as the Broncos lined him up against Richard Sherman for most of the game. As a result, Decker received just four targets, catching one of them for 6 yards, albeit to convert a 3rd-and-3. Denver's game plan clearly called for them to ignore Decker as long as he was on Sherman's side of the field.
2012 Week 1 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Decker was the target of the first pass attempt, and it resulted in a 13-yard completion. He was used regularly throughout, receiving seven targets and always appearing to be perfectly in sync with Peyton Manning. Decker also caught two balls for 23 yards on the team's first touchdown drive of the fourth quarter. He nearly scored a touchdown but was tackled at the one-yard line. Decker's outlook is a good one for the rest of the season. Manning already looks incredibly comfortable and mentally sharp, and no one should foresee any reason for that sharpness to decrease. Decker and Manning have great rapport right out of the gate. Expect it to improve.
2012 Week 2 vs ATL (8 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
Decker's impact on this game came in spurts. For long stretches he wasn't involved at all on offense before Manning repeatedly looked his way just before the end of the first half. Decker's first catch came in the flat as Manning hit him quickly when he wasn't covered by a defender. Decker went for five yards before being taken down. Manning went straight back to him with a deep curl route. Decker caught the ball smoothly and quickly turned to gain five more yards down the field. Decker caught his third pass in a row on a comeback route. Asante Samuel slipped when Decker turned around initially, but when Decker tried to turn upfield, Samuel knocked the ball free from him to force a fumble. Decker did well to recover the ball, but shouldn't have let it free in the first place. Decker was taking advantage of Samuel's off coverage and caught another comeback route. This time he slid to the ground and didn't get a chance to try to advance the football. Manning tried to hit Decker on a slant with his next pass but he stared down the receiver and three defenders were in the vicinity to break it up. Decker then disappeared again until he caught a deep crossing route in the fourth quarter.
2012 Week 3 vs HOU (11 / 8 / 136 / 0 rec)
Tied with Thomas for the team lead in targets (with 11), Decker had his best game of the season. Decker had a nice 35-yard connection with Manning in the 1st quarter, just missing a potential 80-yard TD on the play. Later Decker made a tremendous one-handed grab on a back-shoulder throw as he was falling to the ground, picking up 26 yards. Decker consistently worked the deep middle of the field and Manning looked his way quite often there. Late in the 3rd quarter Decker channeled his inner-QB in perhaps the strangest play of the game. After catching a 13-yard pass on a drag, Decker made one move up field and before a tackle was attempted he slid feet first killing the play and missing out on another five yards (at least). It is hard to understand Decker's thought-process, but my best guess would have to be Decker sort of lost himself in the game and thought the game was at a different point. He quickly popped up and ran back to the huddle. I'd like to think it was a missed synapse in the heat of the moment as compared avoiding contact a la Desean Jackson and Decker has earned that presumption. Decker did have two drops in the game, one of which would have been a TD. The dropped pass fell into Dreessen's hands in the end zone, but Decker missed the opportunity to tally his first TD catch of the 2012 season. Houston boasts one of the better pass defenses in the NFL, so it was nice to see Decker still post numbers despite the matchup.
2012 Week 4 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 79 / 1 rec)
Four weeks in and it appears Decker is Manning's favorite target. Decker led the team with nine targets and it was only a tipped ball and an overthrow, which prevented Decker from catching all nine. Decker finally caught his first TD from Manning and just nearly missed catching two others. Seymour just barely deflected the Decker-intended pass in the 1st quarter as he raced across the back of the end zone uncovered. The ball barely fluttered out of Decker's reach. Later, Manning found Decker in the end zone, but having to drop it over the corner sitting in a zone, Manning's throw took Decker out of the side of the end zone with only one foot dragging inbounds. Decker's first TD of 2012 was the result of an Oakland blown coverage on the short pass turned 17-yard TD, but should provide some momentum going forward. Manning continues to look to Decker in the middle of the field, their longest play coming as Decker crossed just behind the zoned LB for 19 yards. With such a threat on the outside in Thomas, Decker is often free to roam the middle and Manning will continue to exploit it. Decker also did a nice job blocking on Thomas' screen plays, allowing Thomas to come back to the ball and quickly get up field without any disruption from the outside corner.
2012 Week 5 vs NE (8 / 4 / 21 / 1 rec)
Decker was held in check by the New England secondary. His fantasy day was salvaged with a red zone touchdown reception late in the third quarter. With a defender in tight coverage at the goal line, Decker showed his impressive ball skills, locating the low pass and securing the touchdown. Outside of short out routes and hitches, Decker's other play of note was actually drawing a defensive pass interference penalty. With Manning under pressure from a blitz, he threw up a pass into the end zone for Decker, who drew a penalty that set-up a touchdown. Decker was targeted multiple times down the field, but without much opportunity for completions with double coverage in tow.
2012 Week 6 vs SD (9 / 6 / 98 / 1 rec)
Decker's first half gaffe would have gone down as one of the costliest mistakes of the NFL season had it not been for a valiant comeback by the team in the second half. Facing 2nd and ten from their own 15 yard-line, Decker got behind the busted coverage of the Chargers wide open for a long reception. There was nothing on front of him except the end zone, but Decker inexplicably tripped just as he reached the San Diego 45-yard line. Instead of an 85-yard touchdown reception, Decker had to settle for a 55-yard catch. Three plays later, Peyton Manning threw an interception that resulted in a San Diego touchdown, further adding to the miscue. But in the second half, Decker was a key part of the ferocious comeback, even rewarding his fantasy owners with a touchdown. He took a short screen up the right side and then took on the entire Charger defense while bowling his way into the end zone. The play was well-designed and well-blocked, and pulled Denver to within one score.
2012 Week 8 vs NO (6 / 4 / 43 / 2 rec)
Two very similar, but both incredibly impressive routes from Decker led to two touchdowns for Decker in this game. On the first, Decker set up Jabari Greer by running infield before breaking to the outside after Greer slipped to the ground. The second was the complete opposite, as Decker brought Patrick Robinson outside on the other side of the field before breaking infield and catching the touchdown. Outside of those two receptions, Decker had a relatively quiet game. He was quiet, but very effective.
2012 Week 9 vs CIN (11 / 8 / 99 / 2 rec)
Decker had the entire spectrum of targets against the Bengals. He showed excellent hands in tight coverage on short in-cut routes as well as having room to roam after the catch on multiple big plays in the first half. After an early red zone touchdown, aided by a great block by Demaryius Thomas, Decker was bested by defensive back Terrance Newman on his next red zone opportunity. On a slant route where it is paramount for the receiver to win inside position, Newman outmuscled Decker and ended up with the interception as Manning threw the ball to a spot. On the very next pass for Denver, Decker was targeted on a deep route from the shadow of their own goal line. Manning's throw was off and Terrance Newman again ended up with the up-for-grabs interception. Decker finally bested Newman when it counted most, however, with an outstanding catch on a goal line fade route. Manning's pass was thrown right at Newman's helmet and Decker made a tremendous play on the ball for the clinching score. In an up-and-down game for Decker, but he ended on a high note with his best play of the day. Decker has been one of the impact players in fantasy that has far out produced his cost in August. Decker's target volume and the efficiency of the Denver passing attack ensure his floor each week is on par with any receiver in the league.
2012 Week 10 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Eric Decker had a rather forgettable outing against a Panthers defense that managed to contain the Broncos' wide receivers quite well. Decker, in particular, made an awful mistake on a dropped pass that would have been a 30+ yard catch and possibly a touchdown. He simply let the football go right through his hands as he tried to look it in over his shoulder. With the Panthers playing a lot of two-deep, Manning often went elsewhere as he diagnosed the field - Decker was simply not open on first read and this contributed to his lacklustre statistical performance.
2012 Week 11 vs SD (5 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Decker had limited activity in the game, but that was kind of a function of the Denver passing game more than Decker himself. Eight different players caught at least two passes in the game, and no one caught more than four. His first reception didn't even come until eleven minutes remained in the third quarter, and it ended up being a 3-yard grab that came up short of the first down marker. But QB Peyton Manning would not let a game pass with Decker putting up such a meager stat line, so he found the receiver over the middle midway through the third quarter. Decker hauled in the ball around the 10-yard line, streaked up the middle untouched, and dove through a defender at the goal line and into the end zone for the score.
2012 Week 12 vs KC (8 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Decker dominated the Chiefs secondary, getting huge separation on nearly every reception. He beat Jalil Brown early, on both a deep cross and a deep out. In the fourth quarter he beat Brandon Flowers on a deep cross. He didn't see the targets that Thomas did, but was more efficient with what he got. He did have one bad drop on a quick screen.
2012 Week 13 vs TB (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Decker was a real disappointment on Sunday, only picking up two catches (both of his targets) for 17 yards. Both of Decker's throws were on shallow crossers, with a long of 12 yards on the Broncos' opening drive. With Thomas and Tamme running free for the duration of the game, Manning never felt the need to feed Decker and his numbers obviously suffered.
2012 Week 14 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 88 / 0 rec)
Decker's first reception went for a first down on third and six over the middle. Decker was wide open running a crossing route and carried the ball 16 yards down the field after slipping initially. Decker caught another big pass on third and five when he beat Michael Huff with a double move over the middle. Decker caught a curl route for nine yards from the slot on first and 10. Decker caught a six yard pass over the middle on second and 15. Against Joselio Hanson in single coverage, Decker caught a pass over his shoulder for 29 yards after a pinpoint pass from Manning. Decker's sixth reception came in the flat for a short gain as he was run out of bounds. Manning went straight back to Decker on a wide receiver screen, but the play was blown up by a defender. Decker caught a two yard pass in the flat after Peyton Manning rolled to his side of the field.
2012 Week 15 vs BAL (11 / 8 / 133 / 1 rec)
Eric Decker had what was easily the best day of any Broncos skill players, showing savvy route running and repeatedly beating up on the Baltimore cornerbacks. Most of his receptions were comeback and out routes, and he capitalized on the opportunities he had given that he was left in 1 on 1 coverage for much of the day. Decker's touchdown came on a nice stutter step double move to beat the cornerback for a long 50 yard touchdown. Had the cornerback not outright given up on the play, it's possible Decker may not have scored. Decker also had a touchdown call that was later reversed and ruled down at the half yard line. He dove for the pylon on the play, but stepped out of bounds just before he could reach the inner part of the pylon. There wasn't much wrong for Decker today, as he accounted for over 65% of the Broncos receiving yardage.
2012 Week 16 vs CLE (6 / 6 / 65 / 2 rec)
Decker caught all six of his targets against Cleveland and has a Randall Cobb-like efficiency over the past four games, catching 24-of-28 targets over that span. While teammate Demaryius Thomas made all the flashy receptions with yards-after-the-catch, Decker did the dirty work with two touchdown catches in traffic. Despite tight coverage all day, Decker converted four third downs on the day, include two long yardage situations. While Decker is not going to pass Thomas as the no.1 target in Denver, a Peyton Manning offense is ideal for no.2 receivers to perform well. After a long touchdown streak ended in the middle of the season, Decker has rebounded from a slow stretch the past two weeks with 198 yards and three scores. With 80 receptions and 1,000 yards likely after next week to go along with his 11 touchdowns, Decker has been one of the biggest values at the receiver position this season.
2012 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 7 / 76 / 2 rec)
Decker brought the home crowd in Denver to its feet with a dazzling seven-catch, seventy-seven yard performance with two touchdowns in Week Seventeen. The Minnesota product's first touchdown grab was a breezy eleven-yard catch in the back of the Kansas City end zone to put Denver up by eleven in the second quarter. The degree of difficulty on Decker's second touchdown of the afternoon was much higher. Running a go route in the Kansas City red zone, Decker stretched out his left arm to cradle, then bobbled, a perfectly placed pass in the end zone from Peyton Manning. Falling to the ground, Decker secured the ball against his body to complete the catch for another Broncos touchdown, just before the clock expired in the first half. While not as physically dominating as Demaryius Thomas, Decker was synchronized with Manning against the Chiefs as the two Broncos shredded Kansas City's defense. Decker ran crisp routes that baffled the Chiefs' secondary and allowed him to get open to play pitch-and-catch with his quarterback. The only ball Decker dropped against the Chiefs was a wide receiver screen in the second quarter. The third-year wideout's rapport with Manning is strong, which is encouraging for both Broncos fans and those interested in participating in fantasy playoff leagues.
2012 Week 19 vs BAL (10 / 6 / 84 / 0 rec)
It was Decker and not teammate Demaryius Thomas that was the go-to receiver against Baltimore. Decker was active in the intermediate passing game, including high-pointing a deep comeback route that has begun to look routine at this stage of his career. On two occasions, Decker was not able to haul in contested catches, one of which led to an interception. Early in the game, a pass deflected off Decker's should pad, which was returned for a touchdown, turning the tide on Denver's early momentum. While Thomas makes more of the highlight reel plays, Decker has been impressive in the red zone and short passing game all season. Peyton Manning can fully support two top-20 fantasy receivers in 2013, which bodes well for Decker's continued production.
2011 Week 1 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Decker looked like a player who deserves a bigger role going forward. He was explosive on his punt return TD, and he showed great hands, ups, and ball skills on his limited targets. Decker didn't catch a ball until the fourth quarter, but he was instrumental in the Broncos comeback bid, and he seemed to have good chemistry with Orton.
2011 Week 2 vs CIN (9 / 5 / 113 / 2 rec)
Eric Decker became the primary option in the passing game by default, even more so when WR Eddie Royal left the game due to injury. Decker started the game poorly with a fumble. He caught a pass from Orton across the middle of the field, but did not maintain good ball security and a defender popped it loose. Decker was the target of a fade in the red zone, but it was a little out of his reach. Decker showed excellent technique on his first touchdown to get off the press coverage, leaving the CB in the dust and allowing Orton to find him for a 25 yard scoring play. His second touchdown was more impressive as he leapt into the air to make a catch on a timing route, the back shoulder throw to the sideline. Decker took advantage of a mistake by two defensive backs and ran untouched down the sideline for a score.
2011 Week 3 vs TEN (12 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
Decker spent most of the day lined up to the left side. He primarily ran slants and curls as the Titans were not pressing him at the line of scrimmage the way they were Brandon Lloyd. Decker shows good concentration and reliable hands but does not appear to be much of a threat to go deep or beat single coverage on his own. His biggest successes after the catch come when he catches the ball with a full head of steam, either on crossing routes or quick outs. He seems to dance a bit much on screen passes, allowing the defense too much time to close in before he turns upfield. Decker also drew a facemask penalty on a 5 yard catch resulting in 15 extra yards for the Broncos.
2011 Week 4 vs GB (10 / 5 / 56 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
A very big game from Decker and let's look at how this came about. 1st TD was a bunch formation to the left side and Decker was lined up on the inside. he waited for things to clear a bit and then went straight down the the LOS to the left and caught the ball then turned it right in for the touchdown. He made that look pretty easy. The second touchdown was beautiful and he made Orton look all world on the play. Decker made a fantastic adjustment to the ball as it was thrown over his left shoulder so he then decided to pivot in reverse of how he was running towards the end zone and he ended up getting Morgan Burnett turned around making the grab and the touchdown. It was an outstanding catch and even when some of the other Denver WRs come back from injury you can be sure that Decker hasn't earned himself a starting a spot for now.
2011 Week 5 vs SD (5 / 2 / -4 / 0 rec)
Saying that Decker was quiet is putting it mildly. The reality is that you would have been better off starting yourself this week, because at least then you wouldn't have gotten negative points from your receiver. Decker's two grabs went for no gain and minus four. His first catch was the first reception by a Denver wideout in the entire game, and didn't come until there was 1:47 remaining in the first half. After Tim Tebow entered the game, Decker broke free in the secondary on a third and long pass play. Tebow was under a lot of pressure and did all he could to find his receiver downfield for a big gain, but the ball was just out of the reach of a diving Decker.
2011 Week 7 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Tebow missed him on a deep route that could have been a long gain and perhaps even a touchdown with the way Decker is able to juke guys so far this season. Owners are going to be in panic mode this week when they look at the target differential but that could change going forward and Decker did have a chance to cash in on a bug play had Tebow been on target.
2011 Week 8 vs DET (12 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)
Decker was easily the 'go to' guy in this game for the Broncos. When Tebow dropped back to pass, Decker was the guy that he was trying to get the ball to. On the opening drive, Tebow threw the ball deep down the right side of the field and hit Decker in the end zone for an apparent TD. However, Decker couldn't get both feet down before he ran out of the back of the end zone and the Broncos settled for a field goal. Throughout the game, Tebow continued to go Decker's way, and he finished with 12 targets on the day. On the big 100 yard interception return for a TD, Tebow was looking to Decker in the red zone, and Tebow's only TD pass was a short catch and run to Decker from the 14, where Decker made a great spin move and broke a couple arm tackles for the only TD of the game for the Broncos. With Tebow under center, expect Decker to see a lot of action.
2011 Week 9 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Decker had a productive day but the offense mainly used the running game to move down the field. This hampers the upside of Decker but on a day that Tebow only completed 10 passes it's nice to see Decker still produce. There were two deep targets to Decker that Tebow couldn't complete so there could have been a little bit bigger day out there for Decker. Also, when the team goes to 3WR sets most times Decker plays the slot.
2011 Week 10 vs KC (3 / 1 / 56 / 1 rec)
Decker had three chances to make a big play and made the third, which couldn't have been much easier. The first was a well thrown ball in tight coverage and he just flat out dropped it. The second was underthrown, and not a ball you'd expect him to catch, but his effort could have been better to come back to the ball as well. The third was perfectly thrown and hit him right in stride. Decker, to his credit, caught the ball and took it to the house.
2011 Week 11 vs NYJ (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Decker was targeted a fair amount but saw a lot of Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis which kept him catchless on the night. A few passes that went his way were not well thrown, but Decker just had a hard time shaking his coverage.
2011 Week 12 vs SD (6 / 3 / 65 / 1 rec)
Decker was mostly used as a deep ball threat in this game. He was targeted early on a flea-flicker deep ball, but it was thrown just a bit too high down the sideline. He then remained quiet until just before halftime, when the wide open Decker snagged a bullet pass that Tebow zipped to him in the end zone for the score. In the second half, he was again targeted near the goal line on another bomb. He appeared to have been interfered with, but no call was made. Finally, Decker came up with arguably the biggest play of the game (and possibly the season) for the Broncos. Facing a third and 11 and trailing by three points, Decker beat his man downfield with a fantastic diving catch. He sprawled out to haul in the 39-yard bomb, which helped keep the drive alive - a drive that eventually resulted in the game-tying field goal for Denver. On the play, Decker appeared to injure himself despite making the grab, but the injury didn't appear to be serious.
2011 Week 13 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Decker took a back seat to fellow second-year WR Demaryius Thomas, but still made a tough, diving catch and nearly made another on a low throw from Tebow. Minnesota gave more safety help in covering Decker down the middle of the field in this game, opening the door for some big plays for Thomas, who found himself wide open for 3 deep receptions where the safety was late coming over.
2011 Week 14 vs CHI (7 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Decker got another start at one of the outside receiver spots but was kept quiet thanks to some great coverage by the Bears defense. He was held without a catch until midway through the fourth quarter and did not really make any plays of significance in the comeback.
2011 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Decker ran a solid route on the same post route that Thomas had so much success with but didn't see any other catchable balls. Decker catch was in traffic and he did a good job to hold on to the ball after the hit.
2011 Week 16 vs BUF (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
It was another rough outing for Decker this week as he was held without a catch for the second time in the last 6 weeks. He was targeted four times in the game with most of them coming on deep patterns but was not able to connect on any of them.
2011 Week 17 vs KC (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Decker's only grab was a 5 yard catch on 3rd and 7. He was open twice across the middle deep. Once Tebow missed him badly and the other time he threw the ball away.
2011 Week 18 vs PIT (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Decker had one target that nearly resulted in a nice gain, but he was hit low by James Harrison and dropped the ball before hitting the ground. The hit resulted in what looked like a very significant knee injury, and Decker did not return. If it's an ACL tear, as feared, Decker's first half of 2012 could be in jeopardy.
2010 Week 12 vs STL (2 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)
Decker had a decent stat line in this game for a rookie but it came in garbage time and when someone on the Ram defense blew a coverage assignment and allowed Decker to run free for a big play to set up a touchdown.
2010 Week 13 vs KC (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)
Decker had a very nice nice down the field from Orton. It was on a seam route; he had to turn around showing great awareness and hands catching it over a linebacker but never got any other looks from Orton in this game.
2010 Week 14 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Decker was faster and niftier in the open field than advertised on his kick returns and a reception, but that reception ended in a fumble. He has shown enough to be excited about his future, but that might be a year or two off as this team is in transition right now.
2010 Week 17 vs SD (3 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
Decker caught a play action pass TD and also seemed to be in sync with Tebow when the play broke down on his other reception, a sign that he could develop into a trusted target for the QB.