The New York Jets have placed wide receiver Eric Decker on the injured reserve list with a partially torn rotator cuff injury. Although it is in theory possible for Decker to return to the team during the last month of the season, in all likelihood this ends Decker's season. With the loss of Decker the Jets' once formidable trio of receivers at the top of the depth chart is down to two: Brandon Marshall and Quincy Enunwa. That partially neutralizes what was one of the Jets' biggest matchup advantages on offense. With Decker, Marshall and Enunwa all healthy it was difficult for defenses to find enough quality defensive backs to cover them all. Now the Jets still have a nice duo, but much of the matchup nightmare aspect to the Jets passing game has been lost.
Decker has been one of the league's most unsung but consistently excellent receivers, with a knack for finding the end zone. He will be missed by the Jets offense. Quincy Enunwa now is the clear number two receiver and has an opportunity to really emerge into stardom, if he's up to the challenge.
Replacing Decker on the 53 man roster is cornerback Nick Marshall, signed off of the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad. One can never have enough Marshalls on the team.