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New York Jets’ Eric Decker is ‘At Best, a No. 2 Wide Receiver’, Says Mark Schlereth

September 4th, 2014 at 3:35 PM
By Douglas Rush

Some people have been back and forth as to whether or not Eric Decker is actually a number one wide receiver for the New York Jets or not. One person apparently doesn't think he's that good.

While speaking on his regular spot during an ESPN telecast, former NFL offensive lineman and now ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth said that Jets fans need to get ready to be driven crazy by Decker because he is at best, a marginal number two wide receiver in the NFL.

"Decker in my mind was your fourth option in Denver, and that’s the talent I think he has," he said on ESPN 98.7. "The worst cover guy you have on your defense is assigned to Eric Decker every week. New York will go crazy watching him be covered 1-on-1 and incomplete passes, throwing his arms up, begging for flags. I’m telling you New York, get ready," he continued, "begging for flags like, ‘I was interfered with. That’s the only reason I didn’t catch that ball’ every play and then tripping over his own feet. Going for a big play and all of a sudden the turf monster gets him, bam, sniper, down. It will drive you crazy. It will absolutely drive you crazy."
The Jets gave Decker a five-year, $36.25 million deal to leave the AFC Champion Denver Broncos and cashed in on the seasons that Peyton Manning was brought in; eclipsing 1,000-plus yard seasons in 2012 and 2013.
Last season, Decker had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns in his walk season and was considered one of the better wide receivers on the team, but clearly, Schlereth thinks that the Jets wasted their money on a guy who only benefited from playing with the Hall of Famer and not because Decker is actually that good.
Guess only time will tell to see if Schlereth was right and the Jets made a poor investment in Decker, or he can prove people wrong and be the number one guy the Jets are paying him $15 million guaranteed to.

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