Mark Schlereth hits Eric Decker hard . . . very hard

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker runs with the Jets wide receiver Eric Decker runs with the ball during an NFL football organized team activity, Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in Florham Park, N.J. Photo Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Let's just say Mark Schlereth isn't a big Eric Decker fan.

Schlereth, a three-time Super Bowl champ and former Denver Bronco, believes Jets fans will be greatly disappointed by their new No. 1 receiver this season.

"Decker, in my mind, was your fourth option in Denver, and that's the talent I think he has,'' the former NFL player and current ESPN analyst said Wednesday on ESPN Radio. "I think he's a marginal No. 2 at best. The worst cover guy you have on your defense is assigned to Eric Decker every week.''

The Jets signed Decker to a five-year, $36.25-million free-agent deal that included $15 million guaranteed. In Schlereth's opinion, they wildly overpaid him.

"New York will go crazy watching him be covered one-on-one and incomplete passes, throwing his arms up, begging for flags,'' said Schlereth, who added that Decker isn't "even in the same stratosphere'' as Emmanuel Sanders, who signed a three-year, $15-million deal with the Broncos in March. "I'm telling you New York, get ready, begging for flags like, 'I was interfered with. That's the only reason I didn't catch that ball' every play and then tripping over his own feet. Going for a big play and all of a sudden the turf monster gets him, bam, sniper, down. It will drive you crazy.''

Schlereth also said Decker's recent stats -- 172 catches for 2,352 yards and 24 touchdowns the past two seasons -- were inflated because of Denver's offense. "What did he have, like 87, 90 catches last year?'' Schlereth said. "You'll see him in the 40-to-50 range, tops.''

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What does Decker think? He was not spotted in the locker room during Thursday's media access period.

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Dee Milliner hasn't practiced all week but still hasn't been ruled out . . . The Jets will provide free "Kickoff Week'' buses to transport more than 300 Long Island season-ticket holders to the game. Pickup locations: the Dix Hills and Farmingville park and rides and Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn.

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