by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/11/14)Eric Decker will enter the season as the Jets' top receiver, but who is No. 2? The team did not draft a high-profile wideout. Jeremy Kerley is better in the slot and Stephen Hill can't be counted on, according to ESPN.com.
That leaves the Jets hoping one or more of the receivers they drafted will develop fast. Fourth-rounder Jalen Saunders is "small and shifty," and fellow fourth-rounder Shaq Evans "had five touchdown catches of 54-plus yards in his career," the website notes. Sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa "set a Nebraska single-season record with 12 touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the Gator Bowl."
All will get a chance to state their case in minicamp and training camp.
Eric Decker might be Jets' No. 1 WR, but he won't be in Fantasy
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/13/14) The past two seasons have been great for Eric Decker as he's posted over 1,000 yards and 11-plus touchdowns in each. Hitting those marks for a third straight season now that he's signed with the Jets seems very far fetched.
Let's start with the obvious: Decker won't have Peyton Manning throwing him passes anymore. Now it'll be at the very worst Geno Smith and at the very best a free agent like Michael Vick. That's a huge step down. As you'll read in some analysis coming to the site soon, I credit Manning with helping Decker put up big numbers. Playing in a strong offense opposite Demaryius Thomas doesn't hurt things either.
In that same analysis you'll see that I'm not a huge fan of Decker's game. In short, his best quality is his size but he doesn't always use it to his advantage. He also doesn't have speed or hands worthy of a $15 million signing bonus.
Every year we see big-name receivers change teams via free agency and most of the time they struggle to meet expectations. My expectations for Decker in 2014 are for maybe 1,000 yards but well under 11 touchdowns -- maybe six. I'd consider him a borderline No. 2/No. 3 Fantasy wideout.
Jets announce Eric Decker signing
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/12/14) The Jets announced late Wednesday they have agreed to terms on a long-term deal with free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker. Terms of the dealn are not yet known.
Decker is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, though he was working as a second option in an offense headed by a future Hall of Fame quarterback. He will step into the No. 1 role for the Jets having put up 172 receptions, 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns over the previous two seasons combined.
Eric Decker a 'priority' for the Jets
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/12/14) The Jets have determined that signing free agent receiver Eric Decker is a "priority," ESPN's Adam Schefter said via Newsday. Decker remains one of the top free-agent receivers on the market following consecutive 1,000-yard, double-digit touchdown seasons with the Broncos.
Eric Decker visiting Jets
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/12/14) Free agent receiver Eric Decker is visiting the Jets on Wednesday, reports NFL Network. Decker caught 87 passes for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Broncos last season.
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Eric Decker left the Broncos for the Jets this offseason, and he gets a significant quarterback downgrade going from Peyton Manning to either Geno Smith or Michael Vick. For the past two seasons playing with Manning, Decker has averaged 86 catches, 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. But if you look at Decker in 2011 when he was catching passes from Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow, he had 44 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. You'd take the touchdown total, but that's likely a stretch since the Jets' leading receiver in touchdowns last year was Jeremy Kerley with three and the receiving corps as a whole combined for 13 touchdowns. Decker will obviously make the Jets better, but his Fantasy value takes a hit. He's a No. 3 Fantasy receiver coming into the season, and he should be drafted around Round 6 or 7 at the earliest in most leagues.