Bill Belichick thinks experience with Josh McDaniels will help Eric Decker

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The Patriots have parted ways with a couple of wide receivers recently and the departures of Malcolm Mitchell and Jordan Matthews have opened a door for a new addition to make a bid for playing time.

Eric Decker signed with the team last week and some veterans have had short stays in New England in the past because they didn’t make a quick transition to the Patriots system. On Tuesday, head coach Bill Belichick said he thinks Decker’s acclimation to the team will be helped by the fact that he played for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels when McDaniels was the head coach of the Broncos.

“Yeah, I’m sure it will,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team. “Well, he’s a smart guy. I know he has recall from some of the things that we do that Josh did at Denver that are carryover. There’s a lot of differences, but there’s certainly a lot of carryover.”

McDaniels was fired 12 games into Decker’s rookie season and Decker didn’t get a ton of playing time as a rookie, so the duo didn’t have much time together. Belichick said the coaches have to find “some things you can build on and take advantage of and connect to” with players who have a history with the staff and that will be part of the process with Decker in the coming weeks.

28 responses to “Bill Belichick thinks experience with Josh McDaniels will help Eric Decker

  1. lgw91s says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:24 am
    Really good route runner, essential in a Patriot offence.

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    I agree, but he had a case of the dropsies with the Jets. He needs to come and earn the spot.

    I believe this will work, but he’s also not in his prime anymore. The good news is, he does have that conceptual offense lingo down, so yeah.

    He best not blow the opportunity. He has a chance to revive his career, one where he checked out of by choosing the Jets and then Titans in FA.

  2. dyims says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:32 am
    The only asterisks are in your head logicalwhatever

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    Im standing right in front of those Lombardis as I type this. They are an amazing sight all lined up like that. Not any tarnish on any of them they gleam proudly in the lights.

  3. “* = nobody believes you earned a SB”

    When you believe that hard work and innovation are somehow “cheating” that tells me you are lazy and/or incapable of hard work yourself. Also that you will go through life frustrated that you are always going to be outworked by someone else who gets the promotion you wanted or whatever else you were competing for.

  4. patsfan1820 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
    Decker will probably get about 30 catches this season he’s a great route runner but not much speed. He probably already knows that.

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    Sounda about right. I don’t think Britt will make the team, as I see Patterson getting the last spot with Berrios.

    I see Dorsett and Berrios as the Y/slot guy to start the year, with Berrios hopefully getting more reps as he goes.

    Hogan can hold down the Z until Edelman comes back, with Decker at the X. If they can keep Britt for a back up at the X, maybe for red zone plays, until Edelman comes back, cool.

    Lucien and McCarron may or may not be able to be hidden on the PS.

  5. vikesr4reel says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
    …nobody believes you earned a SB
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    No one earns Super Bowls.

    Great teams win Super Bowls.

    The Pats have been a great team five times.

    Remind me again, how many times have the Vikings been a great team?

  6. I guess Vikes4reel forgot about the Vikings and Panthers illegally heating footballs during a football game! remember ? now that is cheating!!! mother nature naturally deflating footballs is not cheating !
    Go Red Sox!!

  7. vikesr4reel says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
    * = nobody believes you earned a SB
    #cheaterscheat

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    Reminds me of the quote attributed to Yogi Berra – “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded”.

    Most people believe the Patriots have had a 2 decade long dynasty with the best QB and Coach in the league.

  8. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    I guess Vikes4reel forgot about the Vikings and Panthers illegally heating footballs during a football game! remember ? now that is cheating!!! mother nature naturally deflating footballs is not cheating !
    Go Red Sox!!

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    Or pumping in crowd noise under Deeny Green and Def Coordinator, Tony Dungy. Artificial crowd noise and Chinese HGH would follow old Tony to Indy.

  9. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    I guess Vikes4reel forgot about the Vikings and Panthers illegally heating footballs during a football game! remember ? now that is cheating!!! mother nature naturally deflating footballs is not cheating !
    Go Red Sox!!

    1 0 Rate This

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    He’s likely not a Vikes fan. He’s likely a Jets fan or a fan of another loser AFC franchise, posing as a Vikes fan to try to show how the Pats hate goes further than just the AFC.

    It does not make sense for a team that plays NE every 4 years to have any acrimony towards the Pats. Sure, the Pats have bludgeoned Minny repeatedly, embarrassiing them in 2006, 2008. 2010 and 2014, etc, but you get the point.

  10. vikesr4reel says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:38 am
    * = nobody believes you earned a SB
    #cheaterscheat

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    Incredibly bad comment. There has yet to ever be a Superbowl victory that wasnt earned. I dont just mean the Patriots, I also mean the teams that beat the Patriots, and the teams that won the years the Patriots didnt even get there. All of them earned that. Anyone that does not understand what goes into an entire football season of 16 games or roughly 1000 plays per team plus all the prep that goes in before and during the season has no idea about the sport nor how hard the players and coaching staffs work at it. And to finish on top isnt one victory, one good play or even a few. Its all of that hard work cumulating ahead of 31 other teams. Its a huge feat every year no matter who gets it.

    Even the teams that lost the Superbowl still earned their way to get there. So even though your vikings have never won one they still deserve huge credit for all the times they got to the game at all. None of that was a gift either. When you get to the level of the Superbowl there are no gifts.

  11. Since it seems everyone reads Patriot stories I will leave this request here: Do you think we can go one day without someone making a banner comment on a Colt story? Just one day?

  12. vikings1234 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 2:07 pm
    Since it seems everyone reads Patriot stories I will leave this request here: Do you think we can go one day without someone making a banner comment on a Colt story? Just one day?
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    There is a Colts story running right now with no banner comments on it as I post this message. Fact is, easily the worst “banner” offender is a Colts fan (terripet), who regularly makes banner comments on Pats stories. Apparently he or she went with an injury comment in this thread, instead of a banner comment.

  13. Jury is still out on Decker….. didn’t follow him last year & wasn’t overly impressed with him on the Jets, but then again NOTHING about the Jets has impressed me lately…..
    If there is anything left in Decker he’ll make the cut & Brady will bring out the best he has to offer….. again, I’m not expecting a whole lot from him so I doubt I’ll be disappointed by him…..
    Go Pats!!!!

  14. * = nobody believes you earned a SB
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    And nobody believes the Vikings will ever win one. Must be fun living in the shadow of the storied Packers and Bears.

  15. That Vikes fan 4 whatever that flocks to Patriots threads like a seagull to a piece of food is a poser….. really don’t think it’s a Vikings fan, just another but hurt jealous obsessed fan of a team the Pats abuse regularly…..

  16. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    August 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    He will struggle to learn the Patriots system.

    #MeatHead
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    No, you are thinking of Cordarelle Patterson. lol

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