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, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today, the series continues with one of New England’s news wide receivers.Name: Eric DeckerPosition: Wide receiverJersey number: 81Opening day age: 31Experience: 8Size: 6’3, 215 lbs.2017 review: After a shoulder injury limited him to just three games and nine pass receptions in 2016, the New York Jets decided to let Eric Decker go in June 2017. It did not take long for him to find a new home, however, as the Tennessee Titans signed Decker to a one-year, $3.85 million contract just six days after his release. The deal proved to be a good one for the Titans, as the veteran became one of the team’s most productive pass catchers.Playing 71.7% of Tennessee’s offensive snaps (733 of 1,022), Decker finished the season second on the squad with 54 catches and third with 563 receiving yards. He also caught one touchdown and ran one kickoff back for 22 yards. While Decker failed to produce statistics similar to the ones he had prior to 2016’s season-ending injury, he was still a reliable target that quickly earned quarterback Marcus Mariota’s trust.The postseason was more of the same for the eight-year veteran: serving as the Titans’ rotational number two/three wide receiver option, Decker played a combined 110 offensive snaps (of 137; 80.3%) during the team’s two playoff contests. He finished with eight total receptions for 106 yards and caught what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the wild card game against the Kansas City Chiefs.Decker certainly had his moments during the 2017 season, and was a productive pass catcher coming off major injury. However, he also failed to live up to his price tag, displayed inconsistent hands at times, and was unable to consistently establish himself as a number two wide receiver for the Titans. As a result, Tennessee decided not to bring Decker back after his contract had expired in March.2018 preview: As quickly as his free agency experience was over in 2017, as long it took Decker to get off the open market this year. After the Titans decided not to bring him back, he remained unsigned for almost five months before the Patriots added him on a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The deal gives the 31-year old a chance to compete for a roster spot in New England but does not guarantee him one: Decker has to earn his spot on the team.So far, he has shown little in his quest for making the cut. Decker has been mostly disappointing in practice so far – he made some solid plays but struggled mightily with drops – and saw only limited exposure during the first two preseason games: playing a combined 22 snaps over the last two weeks, he did not catch a pass. The third preseason contest will therefore be a big one for Decker.If he cannot hit the rotation and develop some chemistry with Tom Brady, his tenure in New England might come to a quick end again. So far, Decker appears to be headed down this road – but there are still two weeks left for him to prove his worth and show that he can be a valuable depth piece in an offense that seemingly lacks just that at the moment. One year removed from their first postseason appearance in 17 years, the Buffalo Bills looked nothing like a playoff team in their 2018 debut.It took exactly one game for the Bills to become embroiled in a quarterback controversy, and it comes after neither of their young QBs played well Sunday in a soggy 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.Making his third career start Devin McCourty Jerseys 2019
, Nathan Peterman didn't make it out of the third quarter. Backup Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft, wasn't much better.Oh, how the Bills miss Tyrod Taylor, who was traded to Cleveland during the offseason.Peterman went 5 for 18 for 24 yards with two interceptions, a quarterback rating of 0.0. He was pulled with Buffalo trailing 40-0.After winning the job from Allen in the preseason, Peterman is once again fighting to be No. 1."I'm going to look at everything," coach Sean McDermott said. "It's too early to go one way or the other."Allen completed six of 15 passes for 74 yards, ran for 26 yards and guided the Bills on their only scoring drive. His numbers weren't all that much, but they sure beat the ones Peterman put up."Really, I thought he made some pretty decisive throws in there, into some tight windows," McDermott said of the former Wyoming star. "Used his feet at times well. I thought he had pretty good command of the huddle and the offense at the line of scrimmage."It was a small positive takeaway from an absolutely brutal start for a team that went 9-7 last year and beat out the Ravens for an AFC playoff spot by virtue of a tiebreaker.While it appears the Ravens have made progress, the Bills have regressed. The offensive line couldn't protect the quarterbacks, the running backs couldn't find space to run and Zay Jones was the leading receiver with three catches for 26 yards."There were times where I thought we could have been better up front. There was times where we needed to catch the football. There were times we hurt ourselves with penalties," McDermott said. "It's not just one guy. It's a full, total team effort there."Special teams contributed, too, and not in a good way. Stephen Hauschka was woefully short on a 52-yard field goal try, the Ravens used a 51-yard punt return to set up a field goal, and Baltimore scored a touchdown after Buffalo punter Corey Bojorquez fumbled a snap.All in all, it was a performance to forget. If only they could."You can allow this to define you," defensive tackle Kyle Williams said, issuing a warning to his teammates. "Everybody has to look in the mirror and ask, 'What can I do better?' and make that choice. The only way we're going to get better is to get back and learn from it."