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Landing Spots for WRs Jeremy Maclin and Eric Decker

In recent weeks we have seen two surprising veteran NFL wide receivers to hit the market. While the release of Jeremy Maclin in Kansas City was more of a shocker, the release or trade of Eric Decker from the Jets seems to jive pretty well with the team’s seeming desire to tank this upcoming season. Allegedly. So, with these two relatively big name receivers on the market, let’s take a look at their skill sets and some teams where they would be good fits.

Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin is 29 years old and should have plenty of upside left in his career. His numbers took a down swing last season, but he did miss a number of games due to injury.¬†Aside from last season, Maclin has been good for 65+ catches on high target volume and has topped 1,000 yards twice in his career. In missing four games in a down 2016 season he managed 44 receptions and 536 yards. Assuming he finds a good landing spot, I think it’s safe to say Maclin can exceed those numbers.

Eric Decker

Decker brings a big bodied threat to any offense and should be able to find a solid landing spot either via free agency or in a trade depending on how the Jets move forward. Set 2016 aside since it was lost to injury, Decker has been a solid receiving threat for both New York and Denver. He’s had 74 or more receptions in four seasons, 3 seasons exceeding 1,000 receiving yards, and has pulled in 10 or more touchdowns in 3 seasons. Decker is a big target with a dynamic skillset and solid hands. He could make a big difference for a team in need.

Potential Landing Spots

If I were into the betting sites like the ones listed on BettingTop10, I’d put good odds on Maclin or Decker signing with with the Baltimore Ravens and being an impact player for that team. With the recent injury news concerning TE Dennis Pitta, the team is left in need of veteran receiver help. Baltimore has speedsters Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman. While they can both take the top off of defenses, neither are proven NFL number ones. The addition of a dynamic player like Maclin or big target like Decker would give that offense some real potential.

Another team in need of receiver help is the Chicago Bears. They let Alshon Jeffery leave in free agency and they are now left with not much to show for a WR corps. The team is left with Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, and Markus Wheaton who are all unproven in terms of their NFL potential. Landing either (or both given cap space) Maclin or Decker would be a huge roster boon in Chicago.

The Buffalo Bills is another logical spot and Maclin is visiting the team today. Buffalo also has a thin WR group headed up by Sammy Watkins. Given Watkins’ inconsistencies and injury history, the Bills are going to need some additional help at receiver. Corey Brown and Andre Holmes, while serviceable, are not going to get them where they need to go.

Another team in need are the Los Angeles Rams. The team really has no one of note in their receiving corps. Robert Woods and Tavon Austin appear to be their best options as of right now with not much in terms of real depth. They don’t have a lot of cap wiggle room, but some fancy maneuvering to land Maclin or Decker would certainly be a needed gain.

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