New England Patriots: 3 Reasons signing Eric Decker was a good move
By Nick Ziegler
– Hungry to prove himself
One of the big benefits of getting Decker off a down season by his standards is that he should be hungry to prove himself. In 2016, Decker missed nearly the entire season with the New York Jets due to an injury.
The Jets ended up cutting him, and he signed on with the Tennessee Titans. Coming off a major injury, Decker didn’t have a great season for the Titans, but a lot of that also has to come from their style of play. With a strong offensive line and a good tandem at running back, the Titans ran the ball a lot last season.
Going from Marcus Mariota to Tom Brady will be a huge difference for Decker, and the talented Patriots’ offense should help Decker have a better season than in 2017. At 31-years-old now, Decker’s time in the NFL is running out. Being on a one-year deal this season, Decker will likely be trying to prove to the Patriots and the rest of the NFL that he is deserving of one more good contract before he retires.
For the Patriots, getting a hungry player on a one-year deal is a very good move for them. With Decker playing for a new contract next season, he will be motivated to do his best.