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Can Chad Hansen be the next Eric Decker ?

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12 hours ago, JetNation said:

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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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Im sure he can protest against the FO to bring back Fitz, so yeah, he can be our Decker v.2017

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4 hours ago, Maxman said:

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

 

7 hours ago, Maxman said:

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

Thank you.

Thank you Max, looking forward to working with the Jet Nation crew.  Go JETS!!!

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1 hour ago, Jetsfan2482 said:

 

Thank you Max, looking forward to working with the Jet Nation crew.  Go JETS!!!

Alex: First time, long time. Player most like Larry Bird: Detlef Shrempf or Wally Sczerbiak? I'll hang up and listen. 

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2 hours ago, Jetsfan2482 said:

 

Thank you Max, looking forward to working with the Jet Nation crew.  Go JETS!!!

Alex on thing you need to know here, when @T0mShane looks at you, don't make eye contact. Try to answer him in 3 words or less. Really don't engage him if at all possible.

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11 hours 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 ____.)

 

pfft..

Decker is a phenomenal receiver. Dude nearly got 1000 yards with Geno friggin Smith at QB.

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42 minutes ago, predator_05 said:

 

pfft..

Decker is a phenomenal receiver. Dude nearly got 1000 yards with Geno friggin Smith at QB.

And being injured half the year.  Wayne Chrebet couldn't sniff Decker's jock.

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17 hours 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.

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