Eric Decker has experienced both ends of the spectrum when it comes to quarterback play. Decker caught passes from Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow during the start of his career with the Broncos.
Decker got the experience of a lifetime when he caught passes from the great Peyton Manning for two seasons as well. He’s now the Jets No. 1 option at wide receiver after signing a five-year, $35 million deal in free agency. Decker will now catch passes from either Geno Smith or Michael Vick.
The Jets’ big free-agent acquisition told the New York Post that his new team “has a lot of talent at the quarterback position” as well.
“There’s only so many greats that do play the game. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. We all know that,” Decker said of Manning. “My opportunity to play with him was tremendous. I took so much away from having that experience.
“I see a lot of talent in this quarterback room. I’m excited about growing with them. I still feel like I’ve got a lot of football to play.”
Decker was asked about the pressure of being the teams true No. 1 wide receiver.
“I don’t see [it as] ‘I’m No. 1, he’s No. 2, he’s No. 3,’ ” Decker said. “All of us have to be on the field to make plays. It takes all 11 guys to have a successful offense I came here knowing I could help out in different facets whether it’s on the field or off the field. I’m just excited about this opportunity. This is honestly the best I’ve felt any offseason coming in. I’ve been telling people I feel like a rookie all over again, which is nice because I’ve got to prove myself.”