Tennessee Titans

Eric Decker could help Titans offense turn a corner

New York Jets Wide Receiver Eric Decker (87) [11381] salutes the fans after a TD during the New York Jets home opener versus the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by David Hahn/Icon Sportswire)
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The Tennessee Titans are an underrated team in the NFL, and Eric Decker is one of the league’s most underrated players.

It already sounds like a match made in heaven.

According to Titans head coach Mike Mularkey, per Titan Online’s Jim Wyatt, Decker was in Nashville on Wednesday for a “get to know you visit” with the team.

There’s no question that quarterback Marcus Mariota would like to get to know Decker real fast. Despite having one the best rushing offenses in the league last season, the Titans struggled to produce through the air. They still had one of the worst passing attacks in the league even with the addition of veteran receiver Rishard Matthews and promising rookie Tajae Sharpe.

There aren’t many teams in the league that couldn’t use a 6-foot-3, 214-pound body like Decker’s at receiver. Every team could certainly use his versatility. He has the ability to utilize his size and play outside, but he can also line up in the slot and catch passes across the middle of the field. There really isn’t anything a creative coaching mind couldn’t do with Decker on the field.

Signing him makes sense for a team like the Titans because it gives them another reliable receiving target for Mariota. Matthews had a strong debut last year, and Sharpe should improve exponentially in his sophomore season. The Titans also drafted Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor.

Decker would be the icing on the cake of a turnaround season for the passing offense.

“I believe we need consistency and more dominance from a mental standpoint in the passing game,” Robiskie said. “…I think, theory-wise, we don’t care who we play against. We make up our mind we are going to run the football, and we make up our mind we are going to run this play, we’re going to run that play. We’re going to run the football and we are going to run that play. That’s our mindset. We’ve got to get that mindset in the passing game.”

Adding a player like Decker to the offense would help instill that mindset much quicker.

He nearly amassed 2,000 receiving yards in his first two seasons with the New York Jets. While catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2015, he exploded for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns. He missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. On Monday, he was officially released from his contract with the Jets.

If one man’s trash is another’s treasure, the Titans could be swimming in gold if they sign Decker. It’s the type of move that would finally round off their offense.


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