Geno and Decker Develop Chemistry
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - In 2013 what most people around the league, including Jets fans, said about the Jets was that they had no weapons on offense. This year is a different story. With the addition of some veteran singings and draftees the Jets have no excuses this season about not having any one to catch the football. The most important addition to this offense has to be the 36 million dollar man himself, Wide Receiver Eric Decker. Decker will have to be a major focal point for Marty Mornhinweg’s offense and number 87 will have to produce if the Jets want to win some games.
Coming from a high powered offense in Denver, where he had future hall a famer Peyton Manning throwing to him, was a luxury that not many wideouts experience. On paper, his new Quarterback, second year man Geno Smith, is seemingly a major downgrade but despite Smith’s lack of experience, Decker is taking it all in stride. “Everyday I feel more comfortable and it is always easier when you get more reps under your belt.”
Despite their limited time together so far, you can start to see some flashes of brilliance between Decker and his young quarterback. OTA’s, mini camp, and training camp, in late July, will be critical for the two to develop chemistry before this season begins. It will also be an adjustment for Smith, as he never really had a go-to receiver last season, however this season he has a whole lot of playmakers on his side of the football.
Over the course of this off-season Smith had the pressure turned up with the acquisition of veteran QB Michael Vick. Despite Vick’s signing, Smith is still the hands on favorite to start. To be successful, one guy he will need in his corner is Decker. You can see OTA’S that these two have the potential to build something substantial. As OTA’s closed out last week, Smith looked and went to Decker early and often. In the first eleven on eleven drills Geno threw to Decker twice in a row and number 87 caught both. Again in the redzone drill Geno scrambled around and eventually found Decker in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. In the two minute drill on the first play Geno threw a bomb down the sideline which was grabbed by Decker with Dmitri Patterson draped all over him. So just in about 10 plays of full team drills Decker caught three passes for about sixty yards and a touchdown. Those numbers would be pretty good for a game on any given Sunday. I think its safe to say Geno has found his new favorite weapon, and look for the Geno-Decker connection a lot this season.