The Jets were missing wide receiver Eric Decker in last Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks due to a partially torn rotator cuff, something that can’t be given sole blame for the team’s lackluster offensive performance but certainly didn’t help their chances of putting up enough points to win.
They’re likely to need a healthy number of points in Pittsburgh this weekend, although the description of Decker as “week-to-week” last week didn’t do much to raise hope that he’d be making a quick return to the lineup. Coach Todd Bowles said Monday it was “too early to tell” if the receiver had a chance to play, but Decker had some positive words on Tuesday.
He said on ESPN Radio in New York, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, that he’s “better this week than last week.” He stopped well short of saying that he’d be able to return to the lineup and added that he’s having trouble sleeping because of the injury, which suggests that it’s more likely than not that he’ll miss a second straight game.
That would increase the pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick to get the ball to Brandon Marshall, who said this week that he’d go down on the boat with his quarterback. With the Jets staring at a possible 1-4 start, they might as well go down on the boat with their top receiver.