New England Patriots: 3 Players to watch in Week 2 of the Preseason
By Nick Ziegler
– Eric Decker
The wide receiver position has been a bit of an issue for the New England Patriots in training camp. Injuries to Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell resulted in both players being cut prior to the first preseason game of the year.
With a need for some healthy bodies, the Patriots brought in Eric Decker. Over his eight-year career, Decker has played for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and most recently, the Tennessee Titans.
On the Broncos and the Jets, Decker was able to total over 1,000 receiving yards three times in total. However, we haven’t seen that type of production from Decker the past two seasons due to injuries and playing on a run-first team.
So far with the Patriots, things haven’t started as well as they would have like, as Decker has had some struggles in camp. With a need at the wide receiver position, the Patriots could certainly use Decker to perform like we saw with the Jets a few seasons ago.
Against the Eagles, Tom Brady is expected to return, which could be a big help for Decker. Getting some chemistry with his quarterback would go a long way toward helping Decker find his form. By no means is Decker guaranteed a roster spot in New England, so he will need to step it up a bit. Against the Eagles, he can certainly do that.