Eric Decker addresses New England media for first time, praises Josh McDaniels

Ryan Hannable
August 07, 2018 - 1:38 pm

FOXBORO -- It probably took longer than he would have expected, but Eric Decker finally signed with a team last week and according to him, it was worth the wait.

The free agent wide out signed a one-year deal with the Patriots following the team releasing Jordan Matthews. Since, it also released wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. If he can catch up and get up to speed, Decker could see a prominent role in the offense.

Speaking after his second practice with the team on Tuesday, Decker expressed how happy he was to join the Patriots.

“Very excited,” Decker said. “This is quite an opportunity. This is a place, really all offseason, I would have loved to end up, and I’m kind of happy it worked out the way it did.” 

The 31-year-old knows he has a long way to go in terms of catching up since he missed so much, but he's willing to do whatever it takes.

“There’s a period of acclimation,” Decker said. “I’ve got so much respect for everyone on this team and everyone in this organization, so [I’m] getting to know everybody on a personal [level], trying to be a good teammate, learn names, know where I’m going around the facilities. And the biggest thing is just getting in the playbook, studying. I’ve been doing a lot of that the last couple days and just trying to catch up with everybody.” 

Decker does have some familiarity with the system, as he was drafted by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in 2010 when he was head coach of the Broncos. He had a ton of praise for his former head coach and now offensive coordinator.

“Josh drafted me in Denver, gave me an opportunity,” Decker said. “Obviously, I’ve got all the respect for him. [He’s] probably the smartest football coach I think I’ve had in my career. The guy knows his X’s and O’s. He’s good with relationships, good as far as getting things going offensively, so it’s been fun being back with him.” 

It remains to be seen whether or not Decker will be able to play in Thursday's preseason opener, but he keeps progressing every day.

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