NASHVILLE, Tenn. –** Eric Decker will return to familiar territory when the Titans travel to face the New York Jets in the preseason opener on Saturday night.
Well, sort of.
"I haven't been to their guest locker room," Decker said with a smile. "So it will be good to see that. But I know the stadium well."
Decker, of course, played three seasons with the Jets before being released by the team back in June. The Titans snatched up the veteran receiver just 12 days later, and so far it looks like a perfect fit in Tennessee.
Decker has been a consistent playmaker in practices during the first two weeks of training camp. He's adjusted to his new surroundings with the Titans, although he already felt comfortable in Nashville, where he's had a home for years.
"One of the greatest things when I came in here Day 1 was I felt very comfortable," Decker said. "I just felt like one of the guys, and it made the process easier, and faster for me to get comfortable. The guys in the locker room, the coaching staff and the culture here, I can't say enough about it. I've definitely enjoyed my time."
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Decker already looks to have good chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota, but the two are just getting started.
"I think you see a trust between the two of them and rightfully so," Mularkey said. "They have had some time to work. They worked prior to training camp starting. … They've connected a lot of times. So yeah, there's a chemistry there."
A third-round pick of the Denver Broncos in the 2010 NFL Draft, Decker has 385 career receptions for 5,253 receiving yards and 52 touchdowns in seven seasons. He has three 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his career, including a 1,288-yard season in 2013. He's also turned in 12 100-yard performances.
Decker played from 2014-2016 with the Jets, where he started 31 games over three seasons, and was very productive along the way. Decker led the Jets with 74 receptions for 962 yards and five touchdowns in 2014. In 2015, Decker had 80 receptions for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Decker was limited to three games last season, placed on injured reserve on October 12 before undergoing hip and shoulder surgeries. Decker returned to the team's offseason program, however, as a full participant, but was released.
Decker isn't looking for any "I told you so" moments when he returns to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
"I haven't really thought much about it,'' Decker said of facing his old team. "It will be good to see guys, but at the same time it's business. It's what we do, this is our job.
"It is preseason game 1, and I am not too overly excited or overly anxious. It will be good to see some old teammates, and some old coaches. I had some good times up there. But this is a business. I am looking forward to getting reps with Marcus and playing against someone else."
TitansOnline.com looks back at the NFL career of veteran WR Eric Decker. (AP Photos)