The Jets have signed wide receiver Jacoby Ford (Allen, April 1).
Ford visited the Jets on Monday.
In three seasons with Oakland, Ford had 110 total catches for 848 yards. He caught three touchdowns, but none in 2013. He also returned punts and kickoffs, returning the ball for over 300 yards on 25 punts and kickoffs last season.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comFord was drafted by Al Davis’s Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft’s fourth round, so he’s got speed. While at Clemson, Ford (5’9″ 190 lbs) doubled as one of the ACC’s best Track & Field athletes and he ran a 4.28 40 yard dash at the 2010 NFL Combine.
Unfortunately for Ford, he has proven to be one of the league’s most injury-prone players and he’s missed 28 games over the past three seasons. As Rotoworld pointed out, “Ford has as many lifetime lost fumbles (three) as receiving scores” and the number of reps he saw dropped dramatically on Dennis Allen’s watch in 2013, to Taiwan Jones.
Ford could be useful for new STC Thomas McGauhey as a returner and in coverage but Ford’s spot is not guaranteed. That said, neither is his main kick return competition, Mike Goodson.
On offense, the Jets have been looking for a small and speedy deep threat (Andrew Hawkins, DeSean Jackson, etc.) to add that element to their offense, but if Ford can’t hold onto the football when it does come his way, there’s little margin for error. It could be that Ford could benefit from reacquainting himself with Sanjay Lal, the former receivers coach in Oakland, but this is an upside signing at best.
Watch NFL Network’s Rich Eisen run the 40 yard dash against Jacoby Ford.