Eric Decker WR NE (11) 1 day ago
Decker was targeted twice, but did not record a catch during Thursday's 37-20 win over the Eagles.
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 NE (11) 4 days ago
Decker isn't pleased with his on-field results at training camp thus far, the Boston Globe reports.
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 NE (11) 1 week ago
Decker didn't draw any targets in Thursday's 26-17 preseason win over Washington, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
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 NE (11) 2 weeks ago
The Patriots are poised to sign Decker, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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 NE (11) 2 weeks ago
Decker worked out for the Patriots on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
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 NE (11) 2 months ago
Decker, who remains unsigned, believes that he'd be a good fit with the Patriots, NESN.com reports.
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 NE (11) 4 months ago
Decker is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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 NE (11) 5 months ago
Decker is visiting with the Raiders on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
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.
Eric Decker WR NE (11) 7 months ago
Decker caught six of seven targets for 85 yards in Saturday's 35-14, divisional round loss to the Patriots.
Decker was called for a phantom offensive pass interference on a first down catch with the game tied at 7-7 in the first half, kicking off a series of questionable calls against the Titans that put an end to any hopes the 13.5 point underdogs had of pulling off the upset. Despite the disappointing result here, the pending unrestricted free agent did a good job of building up some value with a strong playoff showing after a disappointing regular season. The 30-year-old receiver's physical style and veteran leadership should land him a role somewhere next year, though Decker's best fantasy days are almost certainly behind him.
Eric Decker WR NE (11) 7 months ago
Decker caught just two of five targets for 21 yards in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round win at Kansas City, but one of those catches was a game-winning, 22-yard touchdown.
Decker had just one touchdown all regular season, but the offseason addition stepped up when his team needed him most. His touchdown catch with 6:06 to play more than made up for an earlier egregious drop. The former Broncos and Jets receiver has plenty of experience against the New England team that Tennessee faces next week.