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Can Chad Hansen be the next Eric Decker ?

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On the most recent episode of Jet Nation Radio, an intriguing topic came up by our hosts Glenn Naughton and Joe Blewett.  They spoke about our new rookie Chad Hansen and veteran wide receiver Eric Decker.  A caller spoke about Hansen being the Decker 2.0 carbon copy.

Can Chad Hansen be the next Eric Decker?

If Chad Hansen wants to improve his receiver skills, he should focus on Eric Decker like a hawk.  They are similar in stature and have familiar traits in playing style.  Both show soft hands and have a large catch radius, even on errant throws.  Both run block well, maintain high-field awareness, and show toughness catching the ball in the middle of the field.

Where Decker excels & what Hansen needs to mimic is the ability to work through press coverage off the line. Eric has exceptional hand fighting skills and uses his quickness in short areas to separate from cornerbacks.  His precise route running makes up for his lack of deep speed.

Coming into camp, Hansen has mostly been considered an outside vertical threat.  He creates separation with his long speed on the boundary.  He can come over the top and high point the football.  According to Pro Football Focus, Hansen was a perfect 16 out of 16 on catchable deep targets over 20 yards or more.  He tracks the deep ball well and can finish over the shoulder receptions with ease.

I do believe there is more to Chad then being a deep-ball threat.  His run blocking is impressive.  He delivers a nice punch and locks his arms into defenders.  In 2016, he totaled  92 receptions, 1249 yards and 11 TD’s which proves he can be utilized as the main target.  Chad is reliable in traffic on intermediate routes but sometimes lacks separation.  He can be a bit stiff when coming in and out of his breaks.  They will have to create scheme diverse plays to get him the ball quickly.  I can see them involving him in rub routes and the screen game.  Hansen has exceptional run after the catch ability on quick hits and screens.

With time, proper coaching, and Eric Decker as his mentor I think his potential to be an offensive weapon is promising.  It will be very intriguing to see how John Morton utilizes him in the new yet unknown offensive scheme.

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Injury prone.

Locker room cancer who skips camp to get his way.

I sure hope he's not the next Decker.

Hopefully he's the next Q.

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4 minutes ago, New York Mick said:

He's white so he's either Decker or Chrebet

Yes he could be the white Decker. 

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6 minutes ago, New York Mick said:

He's white so he's either Decker or Chrebet

They should line him up at HB.  Jets let Danny Woodhead get away once, this would totally make up for it.

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he's white and decker instead of Black and Decker

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1 hour ago, T0mShane said:

Both lunch pail, gym rat, heady, cerebral types who overcome their athletic limitations with grit and work ethic. I can see it.

Interesting.  I was expecting you to take your comment in a different direction - some kind of joke about their looks and whiteness.  But it's the offseason so maybe you're saving such jokes for when more eyes on are this forum.

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Could he marry a country music star and spend most of his Jets career on the injury list?

Hrrm.... 

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8 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

Interesting.  I was expecting you to take your comment in a different direction - some kind of joke about their looks and whiteness.  But it's the offseason so maybe you're saving such jokes for when more eyes on are this forum.

I believe what TS did there was take every line you hear that's often used to describe white players and attributed all of them to both receivers.

Well played.

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No.....We are suppose to cut Eric Decker as part of the rebuild.  You DON'T want a veteran WR on the team when all we have are 1st and 2nd year players!

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16 minutes ago, TuscanyTile2 said:

Interesting.  I was expecting you to take your comment in a different direction - some kind of joke about their looks and whiteness.  But it's the offseason so maybe you're saving such jokes for when more eyes on are this forum.

Okay, "High field awareness" = "Crafty" = "White"

"Lack of deep speed" and "Stiff in and out of his breaks" = "Nonathletic" = "White"

Both of these guys are fast and athletic for their size in any flavor. 

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24 minutes ago, NYs Stepchild said:

Okay, "High field awareness" = "Crafty" = "White"

"Lack of deep speed" and "Stiff in and out of his breaks" = "Nonathletic" = "White"

Both of these guys are fast and athletic for their size in any flavor. 

I hear ya but he didn't cover the "pretty boy" thing.  

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Decker and Chrebet should never included in the same sentence.  I feel I'm breaking it now to prove a point.  Decker is an injury waiting to happen who spends his life at the whim of his C celebrity wife.  Chrebet was the best example of determination and overachiement that ever graced a Jets roster.

 

(Oh and Keyshawn, go ____ a ____.)

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2 hours ago, NYs Stepchild said:

Yes he could be the white Decker. 

Or, he'll be better, say an Upper Decker.

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He's from the heart of Sunkist Growers' orange groves:

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I don't think Decker is getting cut. The Jets just ran a front page article on him on their homepage. Marketing always knows.

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1 hour ago, pdxgreen said:

Decker and Chrebet should never included in the same sentence.  I feel I'm breaking it now to prove a point.  Decker is an injury waiting to happen who spends his life at the whim of his C celebrity wife.  Chrebet was the best example of determination and overachiement that ever graced a Jets roster.

 

(Oh and Keyshawn, go ____ a ____.)

C celebrity wife sure.  But ya gotta admit, those are some great Cs.

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3 hours ago, Maxman said:

This article was written by Alex, our newest writer. Good job Alex, welcome to JetNation.

Thank you.

Damn, now I feel bad for disageeing.  My bad Alex.

Fine, yes we do need another bratty overpirced WR, who barely plays and gets extra support because he's white.

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8 minutes ago, Mike135 said:

Damn, now I feel bad for disageeing.  My bad Alex.

Fine, yes we do need another bratty overpirced WR, who barely plays and gets extra support because he's white.

Opinions are what we do here, no need to feel bad.

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If this kid can play football at a level half the sexy of Eric Decker then we gots one dem good ones. 

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