Was Eric Decker’s Breakout Inevitable?
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Entering 2012, his third season in the NFL, Eric Decker was a nice receiver who showed promise as a complement to Demaryius Thomas. In his first two seasons he caught 50 balls for 718 yards and 9 touchdowns but only managed four games with more than three catches. He was a consistent contributor with a nose for the red zone which should come as no surprise given his 6’3’’ 215lb frame. But who could have predicted he would post 13 receiving touchdowns in 2012? Well, maybe we should have predicted it. If we go back as far as the 2007 NFL draft and consider the premium wide receivers of comparable size to Decker, we come up with Dwayne Bowe, Jordy Nelson, and Hakeem Nicks. Coming into 2012, all three receivers had posted dominant seasons. Consider their peak years: