The new No. 87 is officially a Denver Bronco. Rookie Eric Decker signed with the team on Tuesday, so he’ll report for the first day of camp for rookies and early reporting veterans on Wednesday.
In addition the team waived linebacker Bruce Davis and offensive lineman Chris Marinelli.
Decker, a former University of Minnesota star, has been gearing up for training camp by slowly building his workload on an injured foot that kept him out of minicamp. The foot felt good enough for him to fully participate in Larry Fitzgerald’s receivers camp held at Decker’s alma mater.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound wideout is certainly comfortable on the Golden Gophers’ turf. Decker set Minnesota records with 227 receptions for 3,119 receiving yards. In three seasons as a collegiate starter he hauled in 24 touchdown catches and totaled 11 career 100-yard receiving games.
A sure-handed target, Decker only dropped three passes in the 354 times he was targeted — less than one percent of the time. He also threw two touchdowns on four passing attempts over his career.
Reminiscent of John Elway, Decker was an exceptional athlete on the baseball diamond as well. The Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins tried to draft Decker as an outfielder in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
Now Decker can pursue football in training camp as he tries to win a coveted spot in the wide-open receiving corps. Past fan favorite Ed McCaffrey presented Decker with a signed No. 87 jersey, passing on the legacy of the number to the young wideout.