Chris Hogan is helping Eric Decker learn the Patriots' offense

Adam Richins | Boston Sports Journal

There’s a new guy in town by the name of Eric Decker.

The veteran wide receiver just suited up for his first practice as a member of the New England Patriots on Saturday; and while he is less than a week into the contract with his new team, Decker should be happy to know he’s got plenty of help behind him.

Taking a “been there, done that” approach to the situation, fellow wide receiver Chris Hogan knows exactly what Decker is going through in learning a whole new system and says he’s more than willing to be there when he has any questions. Hogan also knows that players like Fred Jackson in Buffalo and Brian Hartline and Davone Bess in Miami were a major part in helping him get accustomed to the new systems. So, having some extra help is always good.

"Well, I’ve been in that position before," Hogan said Saturday. "You know, been in different offenses and then come to a new place and you know there’s a lot of information that probably gets thrown at you at once so you just kind of have to dissect that. Whatever best ways that they do that or you know, for me it was just kind of segmenting it out. And just answering any questions that he has."

"So for a guy like Eric that’s been in the league for a while now, I’m sure he has a process of learning how he learns and he’s going to go about doing that the way that he does it. Just kind of be a guy that he can come to for questions and you know, give him answers the best way I can."

Decker could join the likes of Hogan, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kenny Britt as potential targets this season for TB12. Decker has a lot of ground to make up in terms of learning the new offense, but he should be happy to know that he has plenty of support around him.

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