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Eric Decker participates in first practice with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
August 04, 2018 - 4:31 pm

After officially signing with the Patriots on Friday, Eric Decker was on the field with his new team Saturday morning.

According to those on site, Decker didn't do much, as it was a very laid back practice, but he did spend some time chatting with Tom Brady. 

Just joining the team less than a week before the first preseason game, Decker will have some catching up to do. Wide receiver Chris Hogan knows what that is like.

"I’ve been in that position before," wide receiver Chris Hogan told reporters. "You know, been in different offenses and then come to a new place and you know there’s a lot of information that probably gets thrown at you at once so you just kind of have to dissect that. Whatever best ways that they do that or you know, for me it was just kind of segmenting it out. And just answering any questions that he has. So for a guy like Eric [Decker] that’s been in the league for a while now, I’m sure he has a process of learning how he learns and he’s going to go about doing that the way that he does it. Just kind of be a guy that he can come to for questions and you know, give him answers the best way I can."

Hogan will do what he can to help him out.

"I mean I definitely – when you’re out there on the field and a day like today when we’re working kind of situationally and working on routes, stuff on the side, I think there’s a – you know you can tell that maybe if he’s not going to ask a question or he’s a little unsure on how to do things, try to be that guy in that room that’s going to – you know, this is how Tommy [Brady] wants it done or this is how we’ve been doing it in the past because for someone who’s been on a couple different teams, they do it differently in different places so just kind of help him, show him the way of how we do it here," he said."

Decker obviously isn't the same player as he was in the past, but he still should be able to help the offense.

"He’s a good player," Hogan said. "He catches the ball well. I’ve always – when I was earlier on in my career, trying to watch different guys and how they run routes, I definitely used to watch him. He’s a good route-runner so excited that he’s here."

With the addition of Decker, the Patriots now have Julian Edelman, Hogan, Decker, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Kenny Britt, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien and Paul Turner on the receiver depth chart.

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