Taylor Decker: Narrative of negativity around me has been BS

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Lions left tackle Taylor Decker madee his first appearance of the 2021 regular season in Week 10 after missing the first eight games of the year with a finger injury that required surgery this summer and he made it clear on Monday that he was listening to chatter involving him while he was on the mend.

Decker told reporters he took issue with those who thought less of him because he wasn’t playing through an injury and those who called for the Lions to trade him because first-round pick Penei Sewell would be able to handle the left tackle spot. Decker said he was given a three-month recovery timeline and made it back ahead of schedule, which made it “insulting that people acted like I just didn’t want to play and wanted to be out for the entire season.”

“Frankly, I feel like the narrative of negativity surrounding my name all year, pretty much, has been bullshit,” Decker said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I don’t feel like it’s been deserved. I do feel like people within the building and I do feel like a lot of fans appreciate me and what I can do for this team. But yeah, the media pretty much all year has been pretty negative around me, so I’m not going to act like I like that. I think it was bullshit. I’ve played a lot of football here and I think I’ve played well. So that’s that.”

The Lions posted 229 rushing yards with Decker back in the lineup, which should give rise to some positivity about Decker’s impact on the offense and what his presence could mean for the team’s bid to win a game at some point this season.

11 responses to “Taylor Decker: Narrative of negativity around me has been BS

  1. Finger injury???
    And you telling us that a football hand cast can’t solve this issue??? You’re probably not in a contract year,,,

  2. Good luck with that negativity. Meanwhile, players are on the field with a cast on their arm/hand, getting a pin taken out of their finger and throwing the football.

  3. Didn’t the Chiefs left guard play the last 3 games with a cast on his hand after he broke his hand? I remember a certain Rams linebacker back in the day played a whole game with a broken leg. Thats OK I guess you needed your safe place to rest your broken finger.

  4. Christopher Allan says:
    November 16, 2021 at 8:53 am
    Good luck with that negativity. Meanwhile, players are on the field with a cast on their arm/hand, getting a pin taken out of their finger and throwing the football.
    ______

    Tough guy aren’t you? Haven’t seen you putting your body on the line on the field.

  5. I just love all the arm chair doctors. You all are clueless at how important it is to be able to grab ( inside the shoulder pads of defensive player) while blocking.

    You all also have no idea what the injury was. But I am sure you tough guys could play through it, right?.

  6. redskinstexan says:
    November 16, 2021 at 8:52 am
    Finger injury???
    And you telling us that a football hand cast can’t solve this issue??? You’re probably not in a contract year,,,
    __________

    Perhaps you should do some research into what type of finger it was before spouting of with your macho stuff. Or get out on the field, put your body on the line, and then get back to us.

  7. Lots of guys commenting from their computer chairs criticizing someone’s who played in the NFL toughness.

  8. Don’t know if should have played through the injury or not, but I’m not sure how he can differentiate any negativity directed at him from all the other negativity surrounding the Lions this season.

  9. “Ronnie Lott would of cut off his finger to play.” Ronnie Lott wasn’t on 0-10-1 team either.

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