Eric Decker

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Eric Decker
Eric Decker 2010.JPG
Decker with the Broncos in 2010.
No. 87     New York Jets
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-03-15) March 15, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Cold Spring, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Cold Spring (MN) Rocori
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 87
Debuted in 2010 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2014
Receptions 284
Receiving yards 3,790
Receiving TDs 37
Stats at NFL.com

Eric Thomas Decker[1] (born March 15, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football and college baseball at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing.

Early years[edit]

Decker attended Rocori High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota. He was present in school when the Rocori High School shooting took place, hiding in a cupboard with other students until they were rescued by police officers.[2][3] At school he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. In each sport he was awarded all-conference, all-area and all-section honors. Additionally, he was named football team MVP two years in a row. During his prep football career he had 2,156 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns.[4]

College career[edit]

Decker attended the University of Minnesota.

2008 season[edit]

Decker finished his junior season with 84 catches for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns.[5] He either sat out or played with leg injuries in several games.[6]

2009 season[edit]

In early spring, Decker met with Thomas Goudy, a wide-out coach in St. Louis, Missouri. Goudy helped Decker with his ball-holding technique. Decker spent three weeks in his training camp before starting the summer conditioning camp.

Decker began the season with the consistent play that had been a hallmark of his Gophers' career. Through three games, Decker was sixth in the nation in receiving yards, averaging 124.8 per game. Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel declared Decker the third-best wide receiver in college football, behind Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant and Georgia's A. J. Green.[7]

On October 27, 2009, it was announced that Decker would miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprained foot against Ohio State.[8] Decker was also teammates with Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels.

College statistics[edit]

Year
Team
Gg
GS
Rec
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
2006 MIN 13 12 26 378 14.5 39 3
2007 MIN 12 12 68 909 13.6 59 9
2008 MIN 12 12 84 1074 12.8 75 7
2009 MIN 8 8 50 758 15.2 53 5
Career -- 45 44 228 3,119 14.0 75 24

Baseball career[edit]

Decker played outfield for the Minnesota baseball team. He was selected in the 39th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and the 27th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins.[9]

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Decker’s senior season was cut short due to surgery he underwent to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. As a result, he was unable to participate in both the NFL combine and Minnesota’s pro day workout.

Decker scored a 43 on the Wonderlic test at the combine, the top score at not only for the wide receiver position, but for the entire group of prospects who took the test in Indianapolis.[10]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Decker in September 2010.

2010 season[edit]

Decker was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round (87th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He signed a four year contract through 2013 worth $2,522,000. Because of a foot surgery, Decker sat out the Broncos rookie mini-camp and OTA's. Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels said he hoped he'd be ready by the season's opener, “At this point we’re going to err on the side of being real careful and not put them in a situation where (it’s) the last day of minicamp on June 13th and all of a sudden we have a foot injury," [11] said McDaniels."Hopefully everybody will be ready by August.”

On July 27, 2010, the Denver Broncos signed Decker to a 4-year contract.[12] In the preseason, Decker led all NFL rookies in receptions, but due to the Broncos' depth at receiver, Decker didn't see much action in the offense until late in the regular season. He did contribute on special teams however, recording seven special teams tackles while returning 17 kickoffs for 429 yards giving him a 25.2 yards per return average.

Toward the end of the 2010 season, the Broncos did start to mix Decker into the offense more, after fellow rookie Demaryius Thomas (a first round draft pick) went down with an injury.[13] Decker finished his rookie season with 6 catches that went for 106 yards and one touchdown—a six-yard score off a Tim Tebow pass.

2011 season[edit]

Decker's role in Denver's offense expanded in 2011. In a Week 1 Monday Night Football loss to the Oakland Raiders, Decker returned a fourth quarter punt 90 yards for a touchdown, but the Broncos lost 23-20.

In Week 2, making his first career start, Decker hauled in 5 passes for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns, the second on a 52-yard catch in the 4th quarter as Denver recorded their first win of the 2011 season, 24-22 over the Cincinnati Bengals. On September 25, in Denver's Week 3 17-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Decker had a career high 7 catches for 48 yards. Over the next 4 weeks, Decker continued his steady play by hauling in 18 passes for 192 yards and 4 touchdowns.

On November 13, in a Week 10 divisional road game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs, starting quarterback Tim Tebow attempted a pair of deep passes for Decker, the first almost being hauled in off a deflection and the other being knocked down by the defender. But in the 4th quarter, with Denver hanging on to a slim 10-7 lead, Tebow hit Decker on a go route deep for a 56-yard touchdown catch, Decker's only catch of the game and only Tebow's 2nd completion, as the Broncos won 17-10 to move into a second place tie in the AFC West with the San Diego Chargers and Chiefs. In the first round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Decker was taken out of the game due to injury.

2012 season[edit]

Heading into the 2012 regular season, Decker seems primed to have a productive year with quarterback Peyton Manning now running Denver's offense. On May 12, Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator Mike McCoy noted that Decker and fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas are "like two little kids in a candy shop right now," when asked about the receivers eagerness to work with Manning.[14] In April, Decker attended a Colorado Rockies' baseball game with Manning[15] and began workouts with him prior to training camp.

Decker had a breakout season in 2012. He had 85 catches for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was number 20 in the league in terms of yards for WRs and the 13 touchdowns was the second most among WRs in the 2012 season.

2013 season[edit]

In week 13, Decker had a career day against the Kansas City Chiefs with 8 catches for 174 yards and team record tying 4 touchdowns, which earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Overall, Decker had 87 receptions for 1,288 yards, both career highs, and 11 touchdowns. The Broncos reached Super Bowl XLVIII, but lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks. Decker was held to 1 reception for 6 yards in the Super Bowl due to tight coverage of Seahawks defensive backs.

New York Jets[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Decker signed a five-year $36.25 million contract with the New York Jets on March 12, 2014.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LST
2010 DEN 14 6 8 106 17.7 38 1 1 1
2011 DEN 16 44 95 612 13.9 56 8 1 1
2012 DEN 16 85 123 1,064 12.5 55 13 0 0
2013 DEN 16 87 137 1,288 14.8 61 11 2 1
Total 62 222 363 3,070 13.8 61 33 4 3

[17]

Personal life[edit]

On June 22, 2013 Decker married country singer Jessie James.[18][19] In September 2013, James took to Twitter to announce that she was expecting the couple's first child. James gave birth to their daughter, Vivianne Rose Decker, on March 18, 2014.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ "Broncos’ Decker a local icon since weathering school shooting". nypost.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Video: Broncos' Eric Decker on living through school shooting, helping Aurora theater survivor". westword.com. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.denverbroncos.com/team/roster/Eric-Decker/DEC487021
  5. ^ Fuller, Marcus R. (November 18, 2008) "Minnesota Gophers football receiver Eric Decker says he'll 'tolerate' any pain to play against Iowa" Saint Paul Pioneer Press
  6. ^ Youngblood, Kent (November 19, 2008) "Decker doing all he can to overcome ankle injury" Star Tribune
  7. ^ Mandel, Steart (September 30, 2009). "Boise's title-game worth, more mailbag (cont.)". CNN. 
  8. ^ "U's Decker out for rest of regular season". October 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website of Decker #87". April 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Minnesotas-Decker-scores-a-43-on-the-Wonderlic.html
  11. ^ http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/learning-on-the-run/
  12. ^ "Decker Signs with Broncos". July 27, 2010. 
  13. ^ http://broncotalk.net/2010/10/18323/injury-report/denver-broncos-vs-new-york-jets-injury-report/ ankle injury
  14. ^ http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Notebook-Building-with-Manning/da7ebfbf-cbe5-4c2d-a33f-75e02d64c049
  15. ^ http://broncotalk.net/2012/04/35327/denver-broncos/broncos-eric-decker-quite-the-baseball-player/
  16. ^ Cimini, Rich (March 12, 2014). "Jets agree with WR Eric Decker". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Eric Decker Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jessie James dating Eric Decker; Logan Morrison's LoMoHawk: Hot Clicks". CNN. September 22, 2011. 
  19. ^ http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/04/02/12/Decker-engaged-to-country-music-singer/landing_gophers.html?blockID=700658&feedID=5930
  20. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/521535/eric-decker-and-jessie-james-decker-welcome-baby-girl-vivianne-rose

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