Veteran wide receiver Eric Decker, who had signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Aug. 3, announced his retirement on Instagram Sunday afternoon.
The story said Decker was probably on the roster bubble despite the Patriot's need at WR. Decker didn't play in the first half of Friday's game, which was the only time Tom Brady was in the game. Decker also struggled with drops during camp.
WR Eric Decker is still having a pretty hard time in Patriots camp. He pushed off on Patrick Chung to make a catch in 1-on-1s and dropped his second target.
Kyed went on to tweet that Decker dropped two more passes during a side session with QBs, but rebounded to catch three straight passes. Either way, the point was made that for Decker, drops have been a major issue so far in camp.
The Patriots are releasing wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, their 2016 fourth-round pick, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The news comes days after the team placed Jordan Matthews on injured reserve and signed veteran Eric Decker to replace him.
In the days leading up to training camp, the Patriots were reportedly trying to trade Mitchell, though nothing materialized. And now, two weeks later, the team will move on, leaving behind a still-crowded depth chart at the position.
Decker saw a huge dropoff in per-target efficiency last season, but was part of a horrid Titans offense. Getting to play with Tom Brady and company cures a lot of ills, and Decker is one of the more prolific red-zone wideouts of this generation. He has a shot to see playing time right away with Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the season, and Jordan Matthews on injured reserve.