The upstart New York Jets are coming off a statement victory on Monday Night Football against a highly touted Indianapolis Colts team; throughout the preseason at least. However, it wasn’t all good news as their star wideout, Eric Decker, left the game early with a sprained knee. While not a lock to play in week three, the Jets and Decker are reportedly still hopeful he can suit up despite his knee sprain.
While Brandon Marshall stole the spotlight in the team’s week 2 victory, it was Decker who led the team with 8 catches and caught a 1st quarter TD pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to set the tone early on in the game. Decker provides a big, physical presence opposite Brandon Marshall and gives the defense another guy to account for. Behind Marshall and Decker, there isn’t much depth in the New York wide receiver corps.
If the Jets are forced to play without Decker, a guy like Chris Owusu will be looked upon to step up as he is 3rd on the team with 55 receiving yards through two games. Devin Smith, the rookie 2nd round pick out of Ohio State is someone who could potentially see an expanded role due to his deep threat ability and top-end speed. However, I wouldn’t look to either of them as fantasy options.
Even without Decker, the Jets remain a heavy favorite at home against the disappointing Philadelphia Eagles. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been highly efficient filling in for the injured Geno Smith, and he very well could have cemented himself as the team’s starting QB for the remainder of the season. The defense is the heart and soul of that team, and as long as they are healthy, the team will keep on winning football games.