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Report: Patriots work out WR Decker

The Patriots ongoing competition at the wide receiver position could be in line to add a new face, as according to ESPN New England worked out free agent wide receiver Eric Decker on Monday.

The 31-year-old Decker is a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Broncos, Jets and Titans.

Last season in Tennessee he started eight of 16 games played, hauling in 54 passes for 563 yards with one touchdown. It was the fifth 50-plus-catch season of his career. His best seasons came in Denver in 2012-13 when he had consecutive years with 80-plus catches, more than 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns combined.

In June, Decker told Sirius XM NFL radio that he would be a "good fit" with the Patriots and even considered New England a year ago.

Decker had a team-high six catches for 85 yards against the Patriots in last January's divisional playoff game in Foxborough.

"I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh McDaniels in Denver," Decker told Sirius, referencing the former Denver head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator. "I talked with New England last year during the free agency process in June. That is always an option that I would definitely love to entertain.

"I took a few visits and talked to some teams. At this point in my career, I want to go somewhere where I can compete for a Super Bowl and be in a good system and be with a quarterback that my skill set would be an addition to the team."

The Patriots have plenty of questions at the receiver position at this point after trading Brandin Cooks this offseason while also losing Danny Amendola in free agency to the Dolphins.

As of Monday night's fifth training camp practice New England was without receivers Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt (PUP/hamstring) and Jordan Matthews (hamstring) due to injury. The team will also have to play the first four games of 2018 without Julian Edelman due to an NFL suspension.

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