Eric Decker answers additional questions in this two-minute audio clip exclusively for Scout.com subscribers. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound receiver talks about how he's dealt with his season-ending Lisfranc injury and how he's progressing, his skills as a wide receiver and some of his top accomplishments from his career at the University of Minnesota: Listen to Audio
Ed Thompson: As a three-year starter, you kicked things off in your
sophomore year when you set a single-season catch record with 67 catches, did
you feel at that point that you had truly arrived and you had a bright future
ahead of you?
Eric Decker: After the end of my freshman season, I felt more
comfortable with the playing time I got and the athletes I was surrounded
by. Going into my sophomore season, we had a transition to a new system offensively
and I felt at that point I needed to step up my leadership as a teammate and
take that role on and off the field. I felt like [Adam] Weber and I had a
very good relationship that showed on the field--he trusted me, I trusted him,
and we understood where we were going to be in certain situations. I
definitely felt my sophomore year was a coming-out year for me.
Thompson: You were a two-sport star as a very-fine baseball player and
you were drafted by the Minnesota Twins. When you heard that news, what
went through your head?
Decker uses his 6-foot-3 height and his athleticism to his advantage.
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Decker: It was exciting. Leading up to the baseball draft I was
telling scouts and teams that I was going to put my focus on football. I
think it might have hurt me baseball-wise, but my heart and soul was in football
and I didn't want to give up my summer to play in the minor-league system.
I wanted to get ready for football in the fall and the opportunity I had with
everything there. I was thrilled to be drafted by my home-town team, but
at the same time my focus was always on football.
Thompson: You're progressing well from your Lisfranc surgery, but do you think you'll be able to do any testing at the NFL Combine?
Decker: Yeah, upper body-wise I'll do the 225 bench lift and a Cybex
Test--which is a sitting hamstring and quad exercise. But as far as running, I haven't been cleared by Dr. Anderson, so I won't be doing any of that testing.
Thompson: You'll also have the opportunity to meet with NFL head
coaches and personnel evaluators. Talk about that
opportunity and what you expect out of that interaction.
Decker: I'm thrilled to be able to show my face and introduce myself
to all of the organizations and coaches and owners. It's really a job
interview, being able to present and sell yourself to the teams. I'm looking
forward to that.
Thompson: You went to high school in Minnesota and played your
college-ball in Minnesota. What are you going to do if you get drafted by New
York or Miami or any other team that takes you far away from Minnesota?
Decker: [laughs] I'm more than excited to play for whichever team needs my help
and do whatever else I can next year and beyond. I'm a Minnesota
born-and-raised kid, but I'm also independent and adventurous and can handle
east coast, west coast, south, north, you name it. I'll be alright.
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