New Patriots WR Eric Decker is already learning from Tom Brady

Ryan Hannable
August 07, 2018 - 2:31 pm

FOXBORO -- Eric Decker has only been with the Patriots a few short days, but he's already taken time to learn from quarterback Tom Brady.

Not only does the 41-year-old have incredible work habits, it will be very important for the two to be on the same page, especially since much of the Patriots offense depends on timing and being in the right spot.

"He’s one of the best, if not the best," Decker said of Brady after Tuesday's practice. "Just the way, again, he goes about his business. Detail, takes care of himself on the field, again, detail-oriented, commands in the huddle, pushes people, keeps you accountable. Things that you want in a leader and it’s been fun to be his teammate these last few days and kind of learn how he carries himself as a player and things that I can take and help myself."

The 31-year-old has played the Patriots numerous times over the course of his career, but he hasn't been able to get to know Brady until now.

"I didn’t really know him personally before," he said. "Great guy though. Trying to have conversations with all of our teammates and trying to get to know everybody. But you know, it’s important between receiver and quarterback to understand each other, to build that trust and that’s something that over time, we just got to keep working."

Since he joined so late, Decker is certainly behind a bit and it appears he will be battling with Riley McCarron and Braxton Berrios for a roster spot.

"It’s early," Decker said. "Again, trying to come in, trying to get to know my teammates, be a good teammate. Obviously work hard, know my role, my position – earn one and let it develop from there. I just hope to get an opportunity to play and help this team win."

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