The New York Jets need point scorers. They need offense. Eric Decker has more touchdowns in the last three season (32) than Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant. So he’s the perfect fit, right? He can get the ball in the end zone.
Not when he’s jumping from Peyton Manning to Geno Smith.
Decker is primed to lead the Jets offense, but mostly because there’s no one else to do it. He’s a former third-string wide receiver turned to a primary offensive weapon. There’s Chris Johnson around to help — though no one’s sure which version of Johnson will show up. Will it be the vintage, 2009 Chris Johnson or the latest 2013 dud version of him? Still, the Jets’ are improved.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com writes, “the Jets’ offense now has a pair of proven playmakers after taking the field without a single player capable of demanding double teams a season ago.”
The Jets attempted to draft help for Decker with Jace Amaro. But there isn’t good news in that rookie department. Wesseling writes, “Second-round tight end Jace Amaro‘s head has been spinning since offseason practices kicked off. He dropped passes throughout training camp and isn’t close to being comfortable in Marty Morhinweg’s pro-style system. The Jets can’t expect him to play a big role in the offense until later in the season.”
Again, Decker becomes this offense’s leader and key producer by default. Amaro and Johnson can’t be trusted. Michael Vick is adamant that he’s not in New York to start, yet the production through preseason shows that its a much more of a quarterback competition than anyone would like to admit.
So will the Jets offense be improved? Yes, but not by much. Will Decker lead the improvement? Yes, but only because he has to.