Yesterday on ESPN’s broadcast of NFL Live the hosts separated this season’s big free agent acquisitions into two categories: blockbuster or bust. For the most part the crew was high on the big signings, with the exception of New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker. Even Herm Edwards would not go out on a limb for him.
The criticism of Decker centers around the idea that his numbers with Peyton Manning and Denver were “inflated.”
Well, of course they were. Every single player on Denver’s offense last year had their numbers inflated, it doesn’t mean that they are any less of a football player. It makes very little sense to me when a good year is used as a judgment against an athlete.
Decker’s stats with the Jets are not likely to equal the ones from Denver, and that’s just fine because he has already proven that he can put up respectable numbers without Manning throwing him the ball.
During the 2011 NFL season, Decker caught 44 passes for a total of 612 receiving yards and scored eight touchdowns. His quarterbacks for that year were named Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow.
If you think Decker won’t repeat his production in 2013 that’s fine, but calling him a bust is just ridiculous.