Decker has announced his retirement as an NFL player, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Decker signed with the Patriots earlier this month and despite an opportunity created by a thinning out of the team's wideout depth, the 31-year-old couldn't carve out a clear role with New England. Now that he's out of the mix, the Patriots could elect to sign another veteran receiver, or alternatively a roster spot could be there for the taking for one of the team's younger options.
Decker was on the field for 25 snaps in Friday's preseason loss to the Panthers, en route to catching two of his five targets for 12 yards.
Decker didn't see action Friday until starting QB Tom Brady was out of the game. Despite the name recognition, Decker isn't a lock to make the Patriots' final roster heading into Week 1. With Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell and Kenny Britt no longer in the mix and Julian Edelman (suspension) set to be unavailable for the first four games of the season, Decker might end up sticking, but for now only Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson can be considered locks to make the team
Decker was targeted twice, but did not record a catch during Thursday's 37-20 win over the Eagles.
Decker has not recorded a catch yet this preseason and has reportedly failed to live up to his own expectations in camp. Still, the veteran -- despite being listed as a third-team receiver on the depth chart -- offers the kind of dependability the Pats are looking for during Julian Edelman's suspension. Decker is capable of playing multiple positions and has familiarity with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' scheme from their time together in Denver.
Decker isn't pleased with his on-field results at training camp thus far, Nicole Yang of The Boston Globe reports.
Specifically, the veteran wideout has dropped some catchable balls in practice of late. Meanwhile, Decker was on the field for six offensive snaps in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington and was not targeted in the game. We'll chalk up some of Decker's current struggles to the fact that he remained unsigned until the beginning of August and was thus deprived of minicamp and OTA reps. With Julian Edelman set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Decker is competing for slotting (behind starting wideout Chris Hogan) with Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron.
Decker didn't draw any targets in Thursday's 26-17 preseason win over Washington, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan got most of the playing time in the first half, with the Patriots keeping their starters in for longer than expected in response to an ugly performance. The team looked better after halftime on the way to a victory, but Decker wasn't part of that equation. Signed by New England last week, the 31-year-old wideout is competing for snaps with Dorsett, Kenny Britt (hamstring), Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron. There's a starting job up for grabs while Edelman serves a four-game suspension at the beginning of the regular season.
The Patriots have signed Decker, the team's official site reports.
With Julian Edelman (suspension) set to be unavailable for the first four games of the season and Jordan Matthews (hamstring) having landed on IR, there's an opportunity for Decker to carve out a role in the Patriots offense out of the gate. The 31-year-old logged a subpar (for him) 54 catches for 563 yards and a TD with the Titans last season, but if he's able to develop good chemistry with QB Tom Brady, Decker's 6-foot-3 frame could help him turn into an effective red-zone threat for his new team.
Decker worked out for the Patriots on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Decker played under New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels while the two were in Denver, so the veteran receiver has some experience with the Patriots' system. The market for the 31-year-old hasn't exactly been sizzling, but with New England dealing with some injuries at wideout and set to start the season with Julian Edelman (suspension) unavailable for the first four games, Decker could catch on with the Patriots if his Monday workout went well.
Decker, who remains unsigned, believes that he would be a good fit with the Patriots, Dakota Randall of NESN.com reports.
The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season in which he hauled in 54 passes (on 83 targets) for 563 yards and a touchdown for the Titans. With both the initial burst of free agency and the draft in the rear-view mirror, Decker is among the big names still looking for work with Week 1 less than three months away. The Patriots currently have a crowded wideout depth chart, but if Julian Edelman's four-game suspension is upheld or Malcolm Mitchell's knee issues linger, it's possible that New England could take a look at Decker. Until he finds a new team, Decker is off the fantasy radar, but when healthy, he's capable of handling both volume and red-zone action. Thus, in the right team context, he could emerge as a bounce-back candidate in 2018.
Decker is scheduled to visit the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Decker previously checked in with Oakland earlier in the offseason, but left without a contract and may no longer be a target for the team. The Ravens will now kick the tires on the 31-year-old and determine whether he can provide an upgrade over either Chris Moore or Breshad Perriman as the club's No. 3 wideout. Though Decker has a more impressive track record than either of those receivers, his upside may be lower at this point given his age and dramatic downturn in performance last season in Tennessee, where he averaged a career-low 6.7 yards per target. While the Titans' passing game had some universal problems last season, Decker wouldn't benefit from an upgrade in Baltimore after Joe Flacco ranked 25th in passer rating (80.4) and last in yards per attempt (5.7) among 32 qualified quarterbacks in 2017.
Decker is visiting with the Raiders on Tuesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Decker hauled in 54 of 83 targets for only 563 yards (6.8) and one touchdown for the Titans last season, but he did stay healthy for all 16 regular-season games and then caught eight of 12 targets for 106 yards and a score in two playoff contests. The 31-year-old didn't have any reported visits during the opening wave of free agency, with most receiver-needy teams eyeing younger, faster players. Seth Roberts earned a $2 million roster bonus Friday when the Raiders opted not to release him, but the interest in Decker suggests Oakland isn't entirely sold on its incumbent No. 3 receiver.
Decker caught just two of five targets for 21 yards in Saturday's 22-21, wild-card round win at Kansas City, but one of those catches was a game-winning, 22-yard touchdown.
Decker had just one touchdown all regular season, but the offseason addition stepped up when his team needed him most. His touchdown catch with 6:06 to play more than made up for an earlier egregious drop. The former Broncos and Jets receiver has plenty of experience against the New England team that Tennessee faces next week if favored Jacksonville beats Buffalo on Sunday.
Decker (hamstring) caught three of six targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars.
So concludes a disappointing regular season for the offseason acquisition, who produced just 54 catches for 563 yards and one touchdown despite suiting up for all 16 games. While Decker failed to live up to expectations after scoring at least eight touchdowns in four of his previous six campaigns, all will be forgiven if the veteran wide receiver steps up in the playoffs.
Decker is dealing with a minor hamstring injury in advance of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
That said, coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Decker's issue is not considered serious, so the wideout, who logged six catches (on 10 targets) for 73 yards against the Rams last weekend, is still on track to play Sunday. "He was limited," Mularkey noted of Decker's practice participation Friday. "There's no designation on him with a hamstring - it's slight, nothing serious. He should play."
Decker caught six of 10 passes for 73 yards in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams.
Decker was ruled down by contact at the one-yard line while stretching the ball out on an obvious non-fumble that was puzzlingly and unsuccessfully challenged by Los Angeles in the first quarter. Unfortunately, that's the closest any Titans receiving option came to scoring all game as quarterback Marcus Mariota's TD:INT ratio fell to a paltry 12:15.
Decker caught all five of his targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers.
Decker was efficient with his looks but finished tied with Corey Davis for a distant third in targets behind Delanie Walker (10) and Rishard Matthews (eight). The former red-zone specialist has just one touchdown this season, despite suiting up for all 14 of Tennessee's games.
Decker caught three of five targets for 56 yards during Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals.
Decker produced the team's largest play from scrimmage on a 29-yard reception and went on to pace all pass catchers in yardage. Though his returns were modest, this was actually Decker's second-best receiving output of the year and his highest since Week 6. Decker has an opportunity to separate himself from an underwhelming group of Titans wideouts, but he'll need to make performances such as this the norm to re-establish some sort of fantasy value for himself. His next opportunity to do so will come next week against the 49ers.
Decker caught three of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 24-13 win.
Decker led his team in targets and finished tops among wide receivers in yardage as the entire passing game was stuck in low gear sans Rishard Matthews (hamstring). The veteran wide receiver continues to be a non-factor in most formats.
Decker caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Colts.
None of the team's other wide receivers stepped up in RIshard Matthews' (hamstring) absence, as tight end Delanie Walker was the only Tennessee player to top 40 receiving yards. Decker has only eclipsed 40 yards twice while getting into the end zone once in 11 games this year, and it doesn't appear that Matthews' absence will make him any more productive.
Decker caught all three of his targets for 37 yards and threw an incomplete pass in Thursday's 40-17 loss to the Steelers.
Decker was given the opportunity to throw the ball on a 2nd-and-goal play from the seven-yard line, but wisely threw it away to avoid getting tackled in the backfield after Pittsburgh successfully sniffed out the trick play. The veteran wide receiver has still topped 50 yards only once this season.
Decker (illness) was targeted just three times in Sunday's 24-20 win over the Bengals, catching two of them for 19 yards.
Decker and Taywan Taylor got three targets apiece while Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews saw a combined 17 at the wide receiver position. While Decker's history of red-zone success suggests he's capable of making a late-season push, the veteran wide receiver doesn't appear to be a major cog in this offense now that Davis is healthy.