Nov 6, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford (12) reacts an 18-yard touchdown pass as Denver Broncos cornerback Andre Goodman (21) watches in the third quarter at the O.co Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Ford, The Oakland Raider's Secret Weapon in 2013

Like Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford has had his career hindered by the injury bug. The receiver out of Clemson busted out onto the scene his rookie year helping the Raiders to an 8-8 season. For most teams that would be mediocre. But for a team that had suffered like the Raiders it was a sign. A sign that Oakland was no longer a joke. No more were they the team that was marked off as an easy win on opponent’s schedules. But things tend to get worst before they get better, and an ugly part of the game came at an awful time.

During a routine preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, Ford suffered a lisfranc ankle injury. Most of you will recall Matt Schaub and Darren McFadden succumbing to the same injury.

However, Ford will be healthy and ready to go in the 2013 season. Back in pads Ford brings game changing ability to Oakland’s offense. Kansas City can surely attest to that as Ford broke the Raider’s team record for most all purpose yards by a rookie against the Chiefs. Not only is he an offensive weapon, but the former track star serves as a deadly kick returner as well.

July 31, 2012; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford (12) during training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Kevin Hart lookalike is one of the fastest players in the NFL recording a 40 time as fast as 4.126 seconds. Had he ran that at the NFL scouting combine it would have broken Bo Jackson’s record. Ford’s Flash-like speed and spidey hands give Matt Flynn a great target out of the slot.

Flynn is most proven throwing in west coast offensive type schemes. Relying on short dinks and dumps with great accuracy is surely something Ford can help with. His natural running ability is also greatly utilized in running off safeties, opening up teammates like Denarius Moore and Rod Streater.

All of Raider Nation should be extremely hyped to see Ford returning to the team, or coming home as the video would have it. The future is bright as this young receiver looks to help Oakland win many games and one day become a perennial Pro-Bowler.

That’s my opinion anyways. But what does Raider Nation think? Is Ford good enough? Standing at only 5’9 is he too small to play in the NFL? Comment below!

Nov 4, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders fan Ralph Martinez (Living Shield Man) poses during tailgate festivities before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

 

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