Eric Decker
WR FA
2 months ago

Decker has announced his retirement as an NFL player, Ian Rapoport of NFL Networkreports.

EDGE Analysis

Decker signed with the Patriots earlier this month and despite an opportunity created by a thinning out of the team's wideout depth, the 31-year-old couldn't carve out a clear role with New England. Now that he's out of the mix, the Patriots could elect to sign another veteran receiver, or alternatively a roster spot could be there for the taking for one of the team's younger options.

Eric Decker
WR FA
2 months ago

Decker was on the field for 25 snaps in Friday's preseason loss to the Panthers, en route to catching two of his five targets for 12 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Decker didn't see action Friday until starting QB Tom Brady was out of the game. Despite the name recognition, Decker isn't a lock to make the Patriots' final roster heading into Week 1. With Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt no longer in the mix and Julian Edelman (suspension) set to be unavailable for the first four games of the season, Decker might end up sticking, but for now only Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson can be considered locks to make the team

Eric Decker
WR FA
2 months ago

Decker was targeted twice, but did not record a catch during Thursday's 37-20 win over the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

Decker has not recorded a catch yet this preseason and has reportedly failed to live up to his own expectations in camp. Still, the veteran -- despite being listed as a third-team receiver on the depth chart -- offers the kind of dependability the Pats are looking for during Julian Edelman's suspension. Decker is capable of playing multiple positions and has familiarity with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' scheme from their time together in Denver.

Eric Decker
WR FA
2 months ago

Decker isn't pleased with his on-field results at training camp thus far, the Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Specifically, the veteran wideout has dropped some catchable balls in practice of late. Meanwhile, Decker was on the field for six offensive snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington and was not targeted in the game. We'll chalk up some of Decker's current struggles to the fact that he remained unsigned until the beginning of August, and was thus deprived of minicamp and OTA reps. With Julian Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Decker is competing for slotting (behind starting wideout Chris Hogan) with Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron.

Eric Decker
WR FA
2 months ago

Decker didn't draw any targets in Thursday's 26-17 preseason win over Washington, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan got most of the playing time in the first half, with the Patriots keeping their starters in for longer than expected in response to an ugly performance. The team looked better after halftime on the way to a victory, but Decker wasn't part of that equation. Signed by New England last week, the 31-year-old wideout is competing for snaps with Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron. There's a starting job up for grabs while Edelman serves a four-game suspension at the beginning of the regular season.

Eric Decker
WR FA
3 months ago

The Patriots are poised to sign Decker, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Julian Edelman (suspension) set to be unavailable for the first four games of the season and Jordan Matthews (hamstring) having landed on IR, there's an opportunity for Decker to carve out a role in the Patriots offense out of the gate. The 31-year-old logged a subpar (for him) 54 catches for 563 yards and a TD with the Titans last season, but if he's able to develop good chemistry with QB Tom Brady, Decker's 6-foot-3 frame could help him turn into an effective red-zone threat for his new team.

Eric Decker
WR FA
3 months ago

Decker worked out for the Patriots on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Decker played under New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels while the two were in Denver, so the veteran receiver has some experience with the Patriots' system. The market for the 31-year-old hasn't exactly been sizzling, but with New England dealing with some injuries at wideout and set to start the season with Julian Edelman (suspension) unavailable early on, Decker could catch on with the Patriots if his Monday workout went well.

Eric Decker
WR FA
4 months ago

Decker, who remains unsigned, believes that he'd be a good fit with the Patriots, NESN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season in which he hauled in 54 passes (on 83 targets) for 563 yards and a TD for the Titans. With both the initial burst of free agency and the NFL draft in the rear-view mirror, Decker is among the big names still looking for work with Week 1 less than three months away. The Patriots currently have a crowded wideout depth chart, but if Julian Edelman's four-game suspension stands or Malcolm Mitchell's knee issues linger, it's possible that New England could take a look at Decker. Until he finds a new team, Decker is off the fantasy radar, but when healthy, he's capable of handling both volume and red zone action. Thus, in the right team context he could emerge as a bounce-back candidate in 2018.

Eric Decker
WR FA
6 months ago

Decker is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Decker previously checked in with Oakland earlier in the offseason, but left without a contract and may no longer be a target for the team. The Ravens will now kick the tires on the 31-year-old and determine whether he can provide an upgrade over either Chris Moore or Breshad Perriman as the club's No. 3 wideout. Though Decker has a more impressive track record than either of those receivers, his upside may be lower at this point given his age and dramatic downturn in performance last season in Tennessee, where he averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per target. While the Titans' passing game had some universal problems last season, Decker wouldn't benefit from an upgrade in Baltimore after Joe Flacco ranked 25th among 32 qualified quarterbacks in passer rating (80.4) and last in yards per attempt (5.7).

Eric Decker
WR FA
7 months ago

Decker is visiting with the Raiders on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Decker hauled in 54 of 83 targets for only 563 yards (6.8) and one touchdown for the Titans last season, but he did stay healthy for all 16 regular-season games and then caught eight of 12 targets for 106 yards and a score in two playoff contests. The 31-year-old didn't have any reported visits during the opening wave of free agency, with most receiver-needy teams eyeing younger, faster players. Seth Roberts earned a $2 million roster bonus Friday when the Raiders opted not to release him, but the interest in Decker suggests Oakland isn't entirely sold on its incumbent No. 3 receiver.