Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Decker: Reunion is 'different, but football is football'


The New York Jets are desperate for a win. They're also desperate to get their No. 1 receiver back on the field.

Eric Decker was held out of Gang Green's blowout loss to the San Diego Chargers with a hamstring ailment, though Decker is looking to return to the field Sunday against the team that drafted and housed him for four years.

“I’ve never been in this situation where I’m going to see teammates that I played with for four years standing on the other side of the field," Decker said this week, via "It’s going to be a little different. But for me, football is football.

"When you get to the lines, you worry about what you’ve got to do and what your job is and how I can help this team win.”

The Jets will travel to the AFC powerhouse Denver Broncos to face All-World quarterback Peyton Manning, whom Decker caught plenty of passes from in 2012 and 2013.

Decker thrived as a No. 2 receiver for Manning the past two seasons, hauling in 172 receptions and 24 touchdowns in that span. He also put up good numbers in 2011 catching passes from Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow to the tune of 44 receptions and eight touchdowns.

“The guy doesn’t get lackadaisical with anything he does. from the filmroom to the weightroom to the walkthroughs to on the field. Everything is done with a purpose,” Decker said of Manning. “Every motion he does is with a purpose of having success on Sundays.

"When you have someone who has been so great for a long period of time, people fall into his shoes and do the same thing and emulate the same thing on the practice field.”

Decker has just 14 receptions and two touchdowns through four games this season, in large part due to an ailing hamstring he's been battling since August. The Jets need him to turn that trend around sooner than later. One more week may be too late.

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