Gailey: Decker Can Be a 'Big Weapon' Inside

Posted Sep 19, 2015

Chan Gailey, Kacy Rodgers & Bobby April Met with the Media on Thursday

Primarily an outside the numbers receiver last year, Eric Decker spent a lot of time inside last week. And from the sounds of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, Decker might have a new home.

“He’s got a unique feel inside. Some guys do and some guys don’t. I’ve had guys that couldn’t play in there at all. We kind of threw him in there early and he had a great feel for it, so we’re going to keep working him in the slot there until he proves that he shouldn’t be there,” Gailey said “I think he can be a big weapon for us inside.”

While Decker gave the Jets their first lead against the Browns, Chris Ivory opened up the scoring and closed things out in Week 1. He figures to be a central part of the Colts’ defensive game plan. Despite facing a loaded Browns’ box at times, Ivory finished with 91 yards on 20 carries.

“You don’t see guys that are that big and strong and that fast. He can get outside with the ball in a heartbeat on you if you don’t watch it,” Gailey said. “He is a big, strong runner inside and hardly ever gets knocked back. Even if we mess it up, he’ll get us two yards. That’s pretty good for us to be able to have that weapon.”

With Antonio Cromartie’s status uncertain heading into Monday night, the Jets have options with both Buster Skrine and Marcus Williams. Both players are adept at playing outside and also handling the nickel spot.

“We’re looking at a lot of different scenarios,” said defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers. “The beauty about us right now is that going in, we we’re heavy on corners so we’re looking at a lot different situations and we’ll kind of see how it pans out.”

Both Rodgers and head coach Todd Bowles are handling the defensive play-calling duties. Bowles, who spent the past two seasons as the Cardinals defensive coordinator and earned Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2014, has a good feel for adjustments.

“He is probably more advanced in a lot of situations than I am. As we look at our defenses and that, he’s really quick-witted if we need to make an adjustment or something like that,” Rodgers said today.

Special teams coordinator Bobby April, who said that his unit had no “gaffes” against the Browns, indicated that Chris Owusu will remain the club’s top option at kick return position. Rookie Devin Smith, back practicing fully after suffering broken ribs and a partially punctured lung at the beginning of camp, could help out as a gunner when he returns.


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