Report: Patriots Took Major Step In Eric Decker Pursuit
New England’s current receiving unit consisted of Kenny Britt, Malcolm Mitchell and Jordan Matthews is dealing with varying degrees of injuries, which turned out to be a great opportunity for Eric Decker.
Considering the situation with the injured players, as well as Julian Edelman missing the first month of the season, Patriots deciding to try out Decker isn’t that surprising.
Earlier this offseason, Decker expressed his desire to play for the Patriots which would help him fulfill his wish to contend for a Super Bowl. Also, he might fit well in the team given his familiarity with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
“I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh McDaniels in Denver,” Decker said back in June. “I talked with New England last year during the Free Agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain.”
He added: “I took a few visits and talked to some teams. At this point in my career, I want to go somewhere where I can compete for a Super Bowl and be in a good system and be with a Quarterback that my skill set would be an addition to the team.”
Decker is most known for his time with the Denver Broncos where he totaled back to back 1,000-plus yard seasons to go along with 33 touchdowns over a four year span.
While he did have some contact with the Pats last offseason, Decker ultimately decided to sign with the Tennessee Titans where he caught 54 of his 83 targets for 563 yards and one touchdown through 16 regular season games.
Now would be the right time for the Patriots to at the very least bring Decker in to see if he can battle it out for a roster spot. Matthews’ hamstring injury is reportedly not too serious, but Britt has been on PUP all of camp so far. Also, the Patriots are reportedly looking to move Malcolm Mitchell, who underwent a knee procedure before camp.