How The Loss Of Eric Decker Will Impact The New York Jets On Sunday
Sep 15, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) jumps to make a catch while being defended by Buffalo Bills cornerback Ronald Darby (28) during the second half at New Era Field. The Jets beat the Bills 37 to 31. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets will be without their star Wide Receiver Eric Decker on Sunday when they take on the Seattle Seahawks.

It didn’t look good for the New York Jets and Eric Decker all week as we found out that he had a shoulder issue. We eventually learned that Decker has a partial tear in his rotator cuff and will definitely miss this game on Sunday.

This is a huge hit for this team as Eric Decker is a receiver who you can virtually pencil in for 80 receiving yards and a touchdown each week.

After Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s disastrous performance last week in Kansas City it’s a little concerning that one of his favorite targets will not be a factor. As a result, Quincy Enunwa is going to have to step up.

Last week with Brandon Marshall banged up, I figured Enunwa would have a big game. That couldn’t have been further from the truth with the Jets abysmal offensive performance.

Enunwa will be the second receiver this week and Jalin Marshall, Robby Anderson and company will fill in in the slot.

The Jets also added Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the TE who was released by Tampa Bay after a DUI. Chan Gailey might look to implement a TE in his offense for a change.

The Seahawks defense is legit, as we know. It’s imperative for the Jets to have a balanced attack offensively in order for them to be in this game. They cannot try to force the ball to Brandon Marshall as they did last week.

When Fitzpatrick becomes one dimensional that’s when he runs into problems. The Jets have to go back to the basics with the absence of Decker. They have to run more high percentage pass plays and get the running game going, which is easier said than done.

Bilal Powell needs to be more of a factor as Matt Forte can’t be expected to carry the workload. Expect more screen passes and much shorter passes instead of trying to force the ball down the field.

Hopefully, Gailey doesn’t abandon the run in the red zone this week. At least it can’t get worse than last week.


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