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
06/12/14 - WR Eric Decker is tuning out the media attention paid to his choice to attend the CMT Music Awards in Nashville to support his wife, country singer Jesse James Decker, rather than voluntary team workouts on June 4.
The Gotham-spun controversy was a non-issue for head coach Rex Ryan, who viewed it as relevant and responsible.
"Speaking as a married guy," Ryan said a week ago, "absolutely recommended that you would go to that, OK? You ask for their support, you need to support them, too."
Getting the green light from his coach was "huge" to Decker, who is three months into a five-year, $36.25 million deal signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos.
"That's what's so great about Rex Ryan, and really this organization is everyone here is family. You take care of one another," Decker said. "That's how you build a winning culture. I've got a lot of respect for him and for him to stand up and say that means a lot to me."
Decker will be the Jets' go-to guy, Ryan said last week, and likely the priority outlet for a passing offense that lacked a reliable lead receiver in 2013. With rookie Geno Smith as the trigger man, the Jets managed 183.3 passing yards per game -- 31st in the NFL -- with 13 touchdown receptions. Jeremy Kerley led the Jets with 43 receptions in 2013.
The addition of Decker, who had 87 receptions for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013 with the Broncos, should open up the offense, at least in a relative sense. Decker, who caught his 44th pass in Week 8 (Oct. 27) last season -- a total that would have led the Jets for the entire season -- wasn't just reliant on Peyton Manning and the Broncos' vast arsenal of receivers. He was similarly productive with former Jets backup Tim Tebow as the starter in Denver.
But Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg still prefer a run-first approach. To get the balance they hope to achieve, much depends on Decker and Smith or Michael Vick establishing a rapport.
04/01/14 - WR Eric Decker was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Jets from the Broncos March 13.
02/25/14 - WR Eric Decker said he would entertain discussions of a return to the Broncos, but more than likely he will test the free-agent market by doing what is best for his family.
"I would like to figure something out and stay here, but at the same time, my priority is taking care of my family and making sure I set myself up the right way," Decker said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "If we can get on the same page and if we can understand one another, that would be awesome, but a lot of that control is not in my hands. So I'm just going to enjoy these couple of weeks off and see what it brings."
Decker hinted he may be willing to take less money for the right situation.
"The best offer to me isn't necessarily the most money," he said. "For me, am I going to have fun going to work every day? That doesn't add up to any dollar amount, that's priceless. The situation, the city, the organization itself from the top down, the owner, the GM, the coaching staff, the culture they've built in the locker room, all that's going to play into my decision."
Decker could receive one of the more lucrative contracts once the new league year begins next month.
Decker, who turns 27 in March, set career highs with 87 catches for 1,288 yards in 2013. He also had 11 touchdown receptions.
12/26/13 - -- WR Eric Decker was limited in Wednesday's practice with a thigh injury, but saw a full practice of work Thursday and is expected to play Sunday in Oakland.
12/10/13 - -- WR Eric Decker's recent revival put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season. With two more touchdowns, he will become the fifth Bronco with at least 10 touchdowns. No other team in league annals ever had more than three.