New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker hasn’t been shy in explaining what he’s liked so far about Geno Smith during training camp.
By Robby Sabo
In early August, chatter starts to make the rounds in the National Football League. Chatter based on each of the 32 NFL Training Camps going down in preparation for another phenomenal football season.
In Florham Park, NJ, chatter has come in new forms this season. No, it’s not the Rex Ryan-like chatter that 31 other fan-bases have come to loathe, it’s the positive noise that’s describing some of the play on the summer-hot gridiron.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, some of the chatter you’ve heard up to this point surrounds quarterback Geno Smith.
Despite the low-pressure situation of camp, the third-year quarterback out of West Virginia has turned some heads, committing no turnovers against a pretty solid defense with the likes of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie defending the outside.
According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN, Decker recently spoke on Geno’s impressive performance.
“It’s continued growth,’ Decker said while speaking about Geno. “Since the offseason he’s done a good job of his accountability, his discipline, how he watches tape, how he comes to practice, accountability toward his teammates, making sure we’re all doing the right thing, on the same page.”
“He’s definitely taking that leadership role. [We’re] just kind of watching him grow every day. He’s definitely done a terrific job.”
Decker also mentioned just how great it is facing such a top notch defense in practice.
“It’s great,” Decker said. “You go against the best in the league, it makes you better. The competition is greater, and it’s just gonna make you a better football player.”
The 28-year old wide-out was also asked about the comparisons between his comfortable situation in Denver, with Peyton Manning throwing to him, as opposed to working with a young, unproven QB in New York.
“I don’t compare one offense to the other. It’s completely different,” Decker said. “We’ve got a third-year quarterback compared to a 15-year quarterback. The fact that Peyton Manning was in the same offense for all those years, and Geno I think is on his third or fourth now, you can’t make comparisons. But we have an opportunity to put a good team together.”
It’s the question Decker won’t be able to escape until the Jets win. Reality is just that.
Hopefully, for Jets fans, the thought that Rex was a QB-killer will continue to play out in camp and trickle into the 2015 regular season. If that turns out to be the case, nobody will be happier than Decker.
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