Minnesota receiver Eric Decker is set to visit the Patriots, according to Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post.
Making this report a little more intriguing are the other two teams that Decker is scheduled to check in with — Denver and Kansas City, where former Patriots assistants Josh McDaniels and Charlie Weis, respectively, work.
Does that mean Decker’s a good fit for the scheme? It could. While he still needs to develop, he’s considered tough, competitive and team-oriented, and I can tell you from watching a lot of Big Ten football that he was a tough cover for everyone. And he checked in at 6 feet 3 inches and 217 pounds at the combine.
One reason the Patriots are bringing him in for a look is because of his medical history. A Lisfranc sprain finished his 2009 season and, as a result, he only did the bench (15 reps) at the combine. He’s also got some prior injury history that’s worth checking out. Remember: Teams are not permitted to work players out (except for local prospects) during these visits, so the interviews and physicals given are paramount on the 30 visits each team is allowed.
Here’s a partial list of guys we’ve reported, or seen reported from other media types, to be visiting Foxborough: Florida QB Tim Tebow, Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee DT Dan Williams, UCLA DT Brian Price, Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, Washington DE/OLB Daniel T’eo-Nesheim and Texas Christian DE Jerry Hughes.