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Eric Decker

Eric Decker WR - UNS

Experience: 9 YRS  
Height: 6'3"  
Weight: 215 
Bye: 0

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Patriots WR Eric Decker announced his retirement Sunday via an Instagram post. There had been rumors recently of Decker being unlikely to make the final roster. His announcement continues to clear out a once-crowded WR corps. New England previously dumped WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt and waived/injured WR Jordan Matthews. Without Decker, the regular-season roster locks look like Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater and Cordarrelle Patterson -- with Riley McCarron and Braxton Berrios as wild cards. Slater and Patterson gain real-life value for their special-team contributions. Patterson and Dorsett look like the late-round WR fliers in current fantasy football drafts.

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Andy Hart of the Patriots' website calls WR Eric Decker "far from a lock to make the roster," adding that "the veteran still doesn't seem comfortable." Of course, you can still take a late shot on Decker in fantasy football drafts this weekend if you'd like, in a WR corps that will miss Julian Edelman for the 1st 4 weeks. But Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are better bets to make the final roster if you're looking for a late upside pick.

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The Patriots have signed WR Eric Decker. The 31-year-old is clearly past his prime, averaging just 10.4 yards per catch in Tennessee last year. But he was still a reliable possession receiver, hauling in 65.1% of his targets. He finished a decent 48th among 116 WRs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 receiving grades. "Decent" is all Decker needs to be to have a shot at early-season fantasy value in New England. He'll compete with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson for snaps behind Chris Hogan while Julian Edelman serves his 4-game suspension.

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Titans WR Eric Decker will miss the team's 3rd preseason game with an ankle injury, HC Mike Mularkey said. It's not ideal for a guy coming off an injury-wrecked season and settling into a new offense, but we've heard nothing to suggest that Decker is in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He's fine to draft as a WR3 at his 9th-round ADP.

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The Titans have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Eric Decker. The former Jet gives QB Marcus Mariota a talented, steady veteran presence. Decker shouldn't keep Corey Davis from reaching the top of the WR depth chart if the rookie proves ready to do so, but he'll cut into the available targets and certainly make it tough for Rishard Matthews to deliver another fantasy-starter line. Decker could also block 3rd-round WR Taywan Taylor from turning into a fantasy surprise this season. We'll see this summer just how healthy Decker is coming off groin and shoulder surgeries at the end of last year. But he reportedly looked good in Jets OTAs before his release. Another receiving weapon makes Mariota even more attractive around the fringe of QB1 territory in fantasy football drafts.

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Injury Predictor

Decker has missed games in the last three seasons including last year when he missed all but 3 games with a torn rotator cuff. Despite his injury history, he is now the number one option to Mariota and is likely to lead the Titans in receptions and receiving yards this coming year.

Projected Missed Probability of injury per game ? Probablity of injury in the season ?
0.74 3.6% 44.1%
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Date Injury Analysis
Aug 16, 2017 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Decker sprained his right ankle in a joint practice with the Panthers. He sat out the final 3 preseason games but was ready for the opener.
Sep 25, 2016 Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Decker suffered a partial tear to his right rotator cuff. He missed the rest of the season with that and a hip injury, requiring surgery for each. Shoulder surgery came in November.
Sep 21, 2015 Knee PCL Sprain Grade 2 Decker hurt his knee in the Week 2 win over the Colts. It was diagnosed as a mild PCL sprain and he was forced to missed the following game.
Oct 2, 2014 Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Decker endured a setback with his nagging hamstring injury in practice leading up to Week 5. He missed that game but returned the following week. The issue arose in training camp and worsened in Week 2 before this setback.
Jan 8, 2012 Knee MCL Pull Grade 1 Decker sprained his left MCL in the playoff-opening win vs. Pittsburgh and missed the Divisional Round at New England.
Aug 7, 2010 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Decker sprained his left ankle in camp and missed the preseason opener.
Oct 24, 2009 Pedal Lisfranc Sprain Decker sprained a part of his foot and came off in the first quarter and didn't see any playing time for another 5 weeks.
Nov 1, 2008 Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Decker sprained his ankle in early November and missed the following week.

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