Mini-camp notes: Eric Decker visits Titans, watches practice

Mini-camp notes: Eric Decker visits Titans, watches practice

Free agent wide receiver Eric Decker was at the Tennessee Titans practice Thursday, watching alongside general manager Jon Robinson for part of the workout.

Decker, recently released by the New York Jets, lives in the Nashville area and paid a visit to the team and took a physical.

“We brought him in this morning and I talked to him for about 25 minutes. It got a chance to meet him. I’d never met him. It’s similar to the draft when you do the top 30 visits. You get a chance to meet him and do a physical,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.

Mularkey was asked what type of role Decker could have with the Titans, but skirted that issue, because the club has not agreed to any deal with him. However, Decker’s presence and his coming if for a physical and being allowed to watch a mini-camp practice certainly would signify genuine interest by the club in the veteran wide receiver.

“I’ll get to that point when we get to that point. The whole visit was about getting to know him like we did when the rookies come in here, and make sure he’s healthy,” Decker said. “We invited him to come out. I wanted him to watch what we do. He’s been in OTAs and I just wanted to let him have a taste of what we do. He lives here locally, so he had time to come out and watch.”

Decker, 30, played in just three games last year for the Jets due to a hip injury. However, in 2015, he caught 80 passes for 1,027 yards in 2015 for the Jets. He also had a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons for the Denver Broncos in 2012 and 2013.

Decker would also know some familiar faces on the Titans roster, having been teammates with linebacker Wesley Woodyard and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams while in Denver and with tight end Jace Amaro with the Jets.

Out of action

Safety Jonathan Cyprien, who suffered an ankle sprain in Tuesday’s work, was a spectator on Wednesday as a precaution.
Others who remain out of practice include quarterback Matt Cassel, running back DeMarco Murray, linebacker Kevin Dodd, defensive lineman Karl Klug and receiver Tajae Sharpe.

Better performance

After being a bit critical of the offense following Tuesday’s work, Coach Mike Mularkey said all phases of the team performed better on Wednesday.

“Day two was better than day one. We still had a couple of balls on the ground, which I didn’t like, but it was better execution by all three phases, better than the day before, which is what we wanted,” Mularkey said.

The Titans final day of mini-camp work is set for Thursday. But last year, players were given the day off after 10 minutes following a completed race competition that earned them an early exit.

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