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Broken Down Ford: Jacoby’s Days Are Numbered In Oakland

Broken Down Ford: Jacoby’s Days Are Numbered In Oakland

Jacoby Ford

When track athlete Jacoby Ford ran the fastest 40-yard dash time of 4.28 seconds at the 2010 NFL draft combine, everyone knew he would be drafted by the speed addict Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders. Most pundits thought Ford would become another undersized speedster who had no business playing in the NFL, just like former Raiders wide receiver Johnny Lee Higgins. However, Ford had an impressive rookie season where he was the Raiders best playmaker.

Unfortunately, Ford’s career has been decimated by injuries which has made him an afterthought this season for the Raiders. It looks like Ford has lost his explosiveness because of his nagging injuries. In six games this season, Ford only has 7 receptions for 55 yards. Even in the return game Ford has been quiet as his longest return is only 30 yards.

One of the most promising position for the Raiders has been the wide receiver core. Third year wide receiver Denarius Moore has finally lived up to the hype. Moore looks like he could be a game breaking wide receiver for the foreseeable future for the silver and black. Last year’s mini-camp star Rod Streater has had his ups and downs but he is light years ahead of Ford on the Raiders wide receiver pecking order. Surprisingly, 7th round pick Brice Butler has taken Ford’s snaps this season which shows the Raiders are already looking past the Ford era.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has made it clear that he wants the Raiders roster to be filled with his guys. So far this season, Ford has not showed enough to merit a contract after the season. It’s possible that Ford can return on a cheap contract but in all likelihood his days are numbered in Oakland.

 

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3 comments

  1. Ford & DMC should both start ‘beatin’ feet down the street’!

  2. I hope Jacoby stays and redeems himself. He still has talent as a receiver. He has taken all the hits from being in the return game so long. Let him on the field as a receiver and put Streater back there. He is younger and needs to earn some stripes or just let Adams to the returns.

  3. If they let him go, he will go some where else and shine against us. Just like DHB did in week one. Every time we do it we suffer. We need to find a way to use and keep the talent even if it is not Reggie’s picks. But they have to stay healthy and produce. I think if they do not, you are probably right. DMC and Ford will be gone. Sad to say.

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