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Author: Jon Kuzma
In a surprising move the New York Jets decided that they were going to move on from veteran receiver Eric Decker. Decker arrived in New York back in 2014 and put together two successful seasons before getting injured all of last year in his third season with the Jets. Decker was sidelined for thirteen games in 2016 because of a torn rotator cuff, the 30 year old receiver had surgery to repair that setback and the Jets were missing Decker’s production for most of the season. In Eric Decker’s absence Quincy Enunwa emerged as a serviceable pass catching weapon for the Jets. With Enunwa entering 2017 with even more confidence, most Jets fans hoped a healed up Erick Decker could pair with Enunwa to establish a formidable passing attack. Instead the Jets decided to release one of their most polished receivers and it’s really hurting the quarterbacks on New York’s roster. Bryce Petty, Josh McCown, or Christian Hackenberg it doesn’t really matter all of those players would be better off throwing passes to Eric Decker. New York’s front office is continuing their firesale of talent in hopes to cut down on cap space. Not only that but the Jets believe their best chance of getting back to winning football is by develop a nucleus of young players. Those are the ideas New York had in mind when they released Brandon Marshall, Nick Mangold, and now Eric Decker. However the Jets may have depleted their roster for years to come and it’s to the point where this team isn’t going to have a chance to compete on game day. There have been rumors around the league that Owner Woody Johnson wants to land the number 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. If that’s the Jets goal then that is an embarrassment for this football team. No professional organization should willingly tank their season and that goes against everything sports stand for. You compete to measure yourself and what you’re capable of. The Jets have made bad move after bad move this off-season and we haven’t even mentioned the release of Marcus Gilchrist and David Harris who were also recently let go. Together all those moves collectively show how bad New York’s leadership is and talent wise the Jets are ranked dead last in the NFL. This franchise is going miss Eric Decker and the rest of those players when game day rolls around, you better believe it. It’s safe to say ticket sales will be down this season in New York.
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