Eric Decker put on a show on Monday night in week two, capping a strong two-week start to his second season with the New York Jets. His efforts helped Gang Green get a second straight win, but Decker unfortunately exited the game early with a PCL injury. While not expected to be a serious injury, Decker suggested he’d be “smart” with the ailment and take his time in recovery. Decker and the team are still awaiting an MRI to confirm the injury is not serious.
Jets WR Eric Decker doesn’t think his knee will require surgery. Docs think it’s a a PCL, he said. Looking to MRI for confirmation. #nyj
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 22, 2015
The Jets have some padding to work with now that they’re 2-0, while the presence of star #1 wide receiver Brandon Marshall and a solid running game should be able to make up for a multi-week loss. Not having Decker certainly isn’t good for the offense, but early signs suggest he shouldn’t be out more than a few weeks. Jeremy Kerley could end up starting with Decker sidelined, while rookie receiver Devin Smith could also get a chance to finally show what he can do.
Eric Decker’s status is still up in the air, but for now it looks like fantasy football owners dodged a bullet here. It’s unfortunate timing for a guy who carved up the Colts in week two and kicked off 2015 with a touchdown in each of his first two games. Improperly slated as a #1 target a year ago, Decker is back in a groove this year with Marshall taking away most of the defense’s focus. That’s freed Decker up to roam as he pleases and has equated to stellar production. Decker is a solid WR2 most weeks, but for now you’ll need to look for a replacement for probably 2-3 games. Marshall was already a borderline WR1, but he’s also scored in both games this year and no Decker should mean even more targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s tough to gauge the other New York receivers, but whoever replaced Decker in the starting lineup would at least be in the WR3 discussion initially.