The worst passing offense in the league will get a shot in the arm Sunday with top target Eric Decker looking like he will play.
A hamstring injury suffered in training camp has kept Decker off the field for good portions of this season, but the Jets' top receiver was on the practice field Wednesday. Even though he was limited, it was a positive sign for the team as Decker has emerged as one of their few game changers this season.
He missed last Sunday's 31-0 loss at the Chargers after not being able to practice last Thursday or Friday. Decker still considers himself “day-to-day,” but seems to be improving.
“Today, it felt good. I got some work in team drills,” Decker said. “You’re getting soft tissue, I guess [it] is really a touch-and-go-type injury, so push it as far as you can feel you [can]. That’s good, it’s not going to be worse, set yourself back. So, I thought today I got some good work in.”
Even with his injuries and the missed playing time, Decker still tops the team in receiving yards.
Last week, the Jets managed just 74 passing yards in what was one of the worst offensive performances in franchise history. There is hope this Sunday against the Broncos might not be as horrific, especially if Decker is able to play. He is a good route-runner and a big target down the field, something that is very much needed as quarterback Geno Smith has struggled for the last four games, even when Decker is on the field.
Head coach Rex Ryan said “he feels pretty good” about Decker's chances to get on the field.
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