Written By: Florida Bengal
Fear not, Geno Smith. Help may be on its way.
Sports Illustrated reports that wide receiver Eric Decker is in New York today to discuss joining the Jets as the team’s top receiving target. Other teams will surely be in the running, but it’s a positive that New York is getting the first chance to woo the prized receiver of this season’s free agent class.
With the release of the oft-injured Santonio Holmes earlier this week, David Nelson became the team’s most-established wide receiver with his 130 career NFL catches. Decker, a four-year veteran out of Minnesota, has 172 catches in 24 touchdowns in the last two years alone.
Granted, those numbers came in a pass-happy offense with Peyton Manning at the helm and Demaryius Thomas lined up on the other side of the field. But in any case, those numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
Decker would offer the Jets a big, sure-handed target on the outside and, possibly more importantly, a great red zone target. In his rookie season, Smith threw for an impressive 3,046 yards and completed 56 percent of his passes but his TD-to-INT ratio was 12-to-21. Surely Decker could help to turn those numbers around in Smith’s sophomore season.
The other teams in the running to get Decker (early reports indicate that there are two other teams in line right now) are unknown.