The New York Jets have ranked toward the bottom of the league in passing yards over the past few seasons and took steps to eradicate that problem by bringing in Eric Decker this offseason.
However, according to reports it was not Decker's performance with Peyton Manning that impressed the Jets most.
Rex Ryan told Kimberly Martin of Newsday yesterday (via PFT): "He did catch eight touchdown passes when (Tim) Tebow was the quarterback. Hey that's pretty impressive."
The Jets should know all about that. After all they were one of the willing guinea pigs for the Tim Tebow experiment in 2012 before finally ridding themselves of the quarterback last offseason.
Decker did indeed catch eight touchdown passes and 44 regular passes for 612 yards in 2011 when Tebow led the Broncos into the playoffs.
However, his play improved dramatically when Tebow was replaced by Peyton Manning for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Decker was not used as the number one receiver with the Broncos and yet still recorded over 10 touchdowns and 1,000 receiving yards as a second option to Demaryius Thomas.
Decker will likely be used as a number one option in New York this season with a quarterback battle still being waged between Geno Smith and Michael Vick for the right to throw him passes on Sundays.
Neither Smith nor Vick are Peyton Manning unfortunately for the Jets, however on the plus side they are not Tim Tebow either.