Coming off a close call in Week 2, the New England Patriots need to add more arrows to Tom Brady’s quiver if they hope to field a semi-productive passing game. Unfortunately, that’s what the offseason is for.
While they might be forced to deal with what they have at this moment, the Patriots could look to improve their receiving unit during the 2014 offseason by adding a player like Eric Decker to the mix.
Currently playing for the Denver Broncos, Decker is in a contract year and already appears to be the odd man out for Peyton Manning and Co. With Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas quickly emerging as a dynamic trio, Decker has fallen to the wayside. His poor performance in the Broncos’ Week 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens didn’t help either.
Meanwhile, Brady had a career-worst outing against the New York Jets in Week 2 as his inexperienced group of young receivers was unable to make plays. The Patriots’ receivers had four drops while limiting Brady to 185 yards passing, horrid production for a future Hall of Famer. Apart from Julian Edelman, the New England pass-catchers couldn’t seem to take advantage of anything the Jets secondary gave them.
The loss of Welker during the offseason and the absence of an injured Rob Gronkowski have clearly taken a toll. The Patriots, however, could pull a page out of the Broncos’ playbook and sign Decker – oh, the irony.
There’s still a long way to go before 2014 free agency, but something clearly needs to change if the Patriots plan on contending this season. Fielding a depth chart full of rookies isn’t going to cut it, especially for a quarterback as decorated as Brady.
Decker to the Patriots makes some sense. Keep an eye out when 2014 free agency rolls around.