(NEW YORK) — New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is enjoying the big city. The Jets signed Decker this offseason and are hoping his experience playing with quarterback Peyton Manning rubs off on a lot of the younger players on the roster.
Decker acquainted himself with MetLife Stadium after playing in February in the Broncos Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks, but is looking forward to this season.
“I love it [New York],” Decker told ABC Sports Radio on Thursday. “I’m excited for the opportunity; it has so much to offer. I really believe the Jets organization is going to be a great one to be a part of.”
The Jets brought in veteran quarterback Michael Vick that will compete with second-year quarterback Geno Smith for the starting role and Decker is looking forward to seeing Smith grow in the league.
“I think Geno is going to be a great quarterback in this league,” Decker said. “Watching film on him last year, being a rookie is tough in the NFL, no question about it. I know last year they had a lot of injuries and that’s tough on a growth of any player, especially when you’re a rookie.”
“Being around Peyton Manning, I feel like I learned so much as a professional and hope to take what I learned from him and bring over to the Jets and help Geno,” Decker continued.
The Jets will open up the regular season against the Oakland Raiders and will play the NFC North and AFC West this season to go along with the AFC East.
“It is funny that I come to a new team and I’m playing the old division that I was a part of,” Decker said of the schedule. “I know those teams very well, I’m excited to match up with them again.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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