Many people were puzzled when the New York Jets used a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on former Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Among those confused by the selection was Jets wide receiver Eric Decker.
Decker recently discussed the team’s decision to select the inconsistent youngster, but ultimately said his full faith was in the team’s higher ups and that there must be a reason for their decision.
“I was a little surprised, to be honest with you,” Decker told ESPN. “But Mike [Maccagnan, the general manager] and his scouts do their research and homework for a reason and they saw something special with him. I guess they wanted him earlier than later.”
Understandably, Decker seems to think the team would benefit from a more experienced signal-caller.
“It’s a team that’s ready to win now, and we need someone with a veteran presence at the quarterback position,” Decker said. “My job is to catch the ball, but obviously, I want what’s best for the team — and that relationship I want as well.”
With a veteran option in Ryan Fitzpatrick still on the market, it will be interesting to see how the Jets quarterback situation plays out heading into the season.
By all indications, the Jets and Fitzpatrick have not been in contact for some time, but it wouldn’t be too surprised to see him suit up for the team by camp if there is a stronger concern around the franchise about their rookie signal-caller.
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