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Report: Patriots hosted Eric Decker for workout this week

Alex Reimer
July 31, 2018 - 4:59 pm

The Patriots have already added two receivers this training camp and may not be done yet. Veteran wideout Eric Decker worked out for the team Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Decker caught 54 passes for 563 yards and one touchdown in Tennessee last season.

New England’s receiver depth chart has been ravaged due to injuries, with Jordan Matthews (hamstring), Kenny Britt (hamstring) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee) all sidelined. Julian Edelman will also miss the first four games of the season after testing positive for banned substance. 

Earlier this month, the Patriots signed Devin Lucien and Paul Turner. Suffice to say, Decker would be a more impactful addition than either of those players, even taking his recent decline into account. 

Decker, 31, recorded three 1,000+ yard seasons with the Broncos and Jets from 2012-2015. New York signed Decker to a five-year $36.25 million contract in 2014, rewarding him for an exceptionally productive run with Peyton Manning. Decker caught 172 passes for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns while Manning was throwing him passes in 2012 and 2013. 

Though Decker was productive in his first two seasons with the Gang Green, he missed all but 13 games in 2016 due to injury. He was released the following offseason, and the Titans signed him to a one-year contract last June. Coincidently, one of Decker's best single-game performances with the Titans came in the AFC Divisional Round against the Patriots, where he brought in six balls for 85 yards. 

Currently, the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart includes Edelman, Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, rookie Braxton Berrios, Matthews, Mitchell and Britt. 

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