Last week’s pathetic performance against the Steelers was the lowest point of Jacoby Ford’s young career. Seemingly overnight Ford went from a beloved star to someone everyone wanted off of the team. When Ford first came into the league it looked like he would be a future star for the Oakland Raiders but injuries and a few bad performances have put his career in doubt.
It looks like Ford will get one last chance on Sunday to save his downtrodden career. Obviously, if Ford just holds onto the ball it would be a better performance than last weeks because Ford almost single handedly lost the game for the Raiders. However, the Raiders are expecting Ford to show that he hasn’t lost his explosiveness. Ford must create a play or two in the return game by making defenders miss and putting the Raiders offense in good field position.
I’m not sure how much the Raiders will use Ford in the offense on Sunday because he has been severely ineffective. If Ford does get his number called as a wide receiver he must show that he is more than an undersized wide receiver. Ford shocked many earlier on in his career when he made huge plays in the passing game. We haven’t seen much from Ford since his rookie year so he must prove that he is not a one hit wonder.
Expect the Eagles game to be Ford’s last chance to save his career. With a few key players coming back from injury there will be some players that need to get cut. Jacoby Ford is a prime candidate to see the unemployment line if he doesn’t prove his worth against the Eagles.