Data Scout Notes: 1stC/HMM/PMaxwell/PBiletnikoff/1st C/M
Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Wide receiver Eric Decker: He should have gone much higher in the draft, but a season-ending foot injury set him back. If he gets healthy -- and he said he hopes to be fully ready by training camp -- the Broncos might have got a steal in the third round.
A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 3/78 -- Eric Decker, WR, 6-3, 217, Minnesota, Decker is big, smart, can make plays and has fantastic hands. Once he recovers from a foot injury, he could be a good player for the Broncos. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Eric Decker News
12/28/14 - WR Eric Decker was targeted 11 times in Sunday's season-ending 37-24 win over the Miami Dolphins and came up with 10 receptions for a career-high 221 yards. The 10 catches tied a career high. Decker finished the season with respectable numbers: 74 catches for 962 yards and five TDs. He had some nagging injuries this season that kept him out of one game and at less than 100 percent in some others. He also had to deal with the Jets' mess at quarterback. If he gets healthier next season and has a better QB, he may take off. Remember, in Denver for two years playing with QB Peyton Manning, Decker averaged 86 catches for 1,176 yards and 12 TDs.
--RB Chris Johnson ran 10 times for 20 yards on Sunday. He is a prime example of why NFL running backs have a short shelf life. He ran for more than 2,000 yards in his second season as a pro, 2009. And he was still a 1,200-yard back in 2012. But his yardage totals have decreased in each of his past two seasons. He had averaged 3.9 yards per rush with Tennessee in 2013. And this season, with the Jets, is his first ever below 1,000 yards. Johnson is only 29, but his best days are almost certainly behind him. He finished this season with 663 yards.
11/20/14 - WR Eric Decker said Wednesday that the Jets' bye week provided valuable time for his hamstring to heal. Decker was injured during training camp and aggravated the injury against Green Bay on Sept. 14. He played through the injury in the next two games before sitting out against San Diego on Oct. 5. Decker was not listed on the Jets' injury report on Wednesday. He leads the Jets in receptions (43), receiving yards (450) and receiving touchdowns (four).
10/06/14 - WR Eric Decker (right hamstring) was inactive for the Jets' 31-0 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Decker has been hampered by the hamstring injury all season and aggravated it in practice last week, when he was held out of the Thursday and Friday sessions. Decker has 14 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns this season.
09/23/14 - WR Eric Decker (right hamstring) played just 12 snaps in the Jets' 27-19 loss to the Bears on Monday night. Decker was listed as questionable and started but left after the first quarter when he felt increasing tightness in the hamstring, which has bothered him since training camp. Head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday he hoped Decker would be able to play Sunday against Detroit.
09/22/14 - WR Eric Decker (right hamstring) started for the Jets on Monday but did not play after the first quarter. Decker, who practiced just once last week and was listed as questionable on the injury report, had one catch for 19 yards before departing. He said afterward that he felt fine while warming up before the game but that the hamstring gradually tightened on him in the first quarter. Decker said he hopes he will be able to play Sunday against the Lions.