FOXBOROUGH — Newly minted Patriots wide receiver Eric Decker is intimately familiar with the ways of his latest offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels. In the 2010 NFL Draft, Decker was selected 87th overall by McDaniels himself, then the head coach of the Denver Broncos.
In his new summer quarters on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium Tuesday, Decker called McDaniels the smartest coach he’s ever played for.
“Josh drafted me in Denver, gave me an opportunity,” Decker recalled. “Probably the smartest football coach I’ve had in my career. Guy knows his X’s and O’s. He’s good with relationships, good getting things going offensively, so it’s good being back with him.”
McDaniels was fired in Denver after Decker’s first season as a pro, but the two have a chance to make magic once again after the Patriots signed Decker to a one-year deal last Thursday.
The 31-year-old graduate of Minnesota has long appreciated New England’s culture from afar. Now, he finds himself in the thick of things with the team’s first preseason contest against Washington coming up Thursday.