I'm sure people will be wondering why Decker was shut out in the second half after being so productive in the first half, but the answer is pretty simple. Due to the long Colts drive, the Jets reliance on the run and his early injury, Decker was only out there for five passing plays - and on one of those he was unlucky not to come down with the ball on a deep throw by Fitzpatrick.
What may be more interesting to discuss - particularly in light of the fact that Decker might miss time with a knee injury - is the lack of production from the rest of the pass catchers.
Other than those two, Quincy Enunwa was the only pass catcher with a reception and while it set up a score on a nicely timed deep crosser for 27, that came after he'd dropped two. Still, where we've been wondering what the coaching staff sees in him that reception was one flash. Another came on one of Ivory's long runs as he lined up out wide and exploded out of his stance at the snap to pancake the cornerback to the ground immediately. That might not have influenced the run, but it's a sign of the physicality he brings to the table. He did miss one block though.
Chris Owusu did not record a catch this week, although he did have a short one negated by a penalty. He almost managed to haul in a one-handed catch in the end zone after getting a half step on a deep route.
Once again, Jeremy Kerley played one snap. This was on a key third down conversion, the slot flat dump-off to Bilal Powell that I mentioned in the last instalment, so he was no more than a decoy, running an in-route on the other side. If Decker is going to miss any time, Kerley's role might increase, although maybe they will just activate Devin Smith and Kerley's role won't change. I wasn't shocked that Smith was inactive. I didn't think he'd be contributing much by now even if he'd had a full camp.
At tight end, Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis didn't play much and were again primarily just blockers. I'll give Cumberland some credit because he had a consistent performance, just failing to sustain one block in the red zone but otherwise avoiding mistakes and making some good contributions. Davis had a couple of good blocks, but also let his man get off his block a couple of times and had a false start.
Returning to Decker and Marshall, as I've said, I don't mind the fact that they saw the bulk of the targets this week because that was always somewhere the Jets would have a potential advantage. However, they will need to spread it around in other games going forwards.
Marshall not only had over 100 yards receiving, but also drew three penalties. As I expected, they used him in the slot a lot more often this week and went to the quick slant for a couple of key conversions after smartly keeping that in their holster last week. Marshall did have one false start and couldn't make the catch on the play where Fitzpatrick was intercepted, but it was excellent production. Hopefully his production will remain high if Decker misses time.
As for Decker, he did have a drop and an offensive penalty and was unlucky not to hold onto that second half pass which the defender was just able to poke out at the last moment. He still did a good job of exploiting those mismatches to rack up some easy yards though and it's encouraging that the team was still able to drive for two scores without him.
Next up...a short break and then onto the defensive line, where the Jets used some interesting looks to create some disruption up front...