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Eric Decker on drops: ‘I know how to bounce back and get to it’

Eric Decker (center) and his fellow receivers ran through drills on a foggy Monday.
Eric Decker (center) and his fellow receivers ran through drills on a foggy Monday.jessica rinaldi/globe staff

FOXBOROUGH —

Eric Decker wasn’t catching on early in Monday’s Patriots practice. The veteran receiver who is getting a crash course in the New England offense was letting footballs — and opportunities — slip through his fingers.

And he wasn’t the only one.

Patriots pass catchers dropped 10 passes during the morning practice conducted in fairly thick fog that resulted in some slippery footing and some soggy footballs.

Decker had it the worst, dropping three balls, including a pair during a side session with Tom Brady. He also appeared to run the wrong route during the tutorial.

He rallied late, however, building some chemistry after a chat with his quarterback. He caught the last three balls thrown his way, including a nice deep pass despite solid coverage from Jonathan Jones.

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“It’s part of the game. We’re all human,’’ said Decker, who wanted no part of using wet footballs as an excuse for the drops. “We’re all going to make mistakes — but don’t let it become a habit. Don’t let it happen over and over again.

“This game is about mental toughness. You’ve got to bounce back. They’re going to be asking you to respond. It’s not really what you do in that moment, it’s how you react to it.

“I’ve played a lot of football. I’ve had a few drops in my day. I have many catches as well. I know how to bounce back and get to it.’’


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.