Dom Cosentino has a piece about how Eric Decker is helping the Jets in a subtle way.
The full impact of Decker's arrival remains to be seen—as is true for everything about the 2014 Jets, considering it's still June and all—but the credibility he brought with him from from Denver already counts for something in the wide receivers' meeting room.
Don't just take it from me. Take it from Sanjay Lal, the Jets' wide receivers coach.
"In fact, I was showing one of the younger guys a clip, saying, 'You should run the route like this,'" Lal said. "He didn't quite realize who it was. And he said, 'Oh, that's Decker?' We joked about it. I said, 'Now you're going to run it like that? Because you saw Decker do it?' He was, like, 'Yep.' It was like, 'OK.'"
This is clearly not the reason the Jets gave Decker an expensive contract, but it feels like the first time in a while this team has a receiver young and inexperienced guys can look up to as somebody they can model their game off.