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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  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.schroeder.161 Chris Schroeder

    I saw ford when he first came up against Denver. He turned heads with his speed. It was from another panet blowing by defenders like they were standing still. Glad he’s healthy, and can’t wait till football starts.

  • Pridenpoise

    A Lisfranc is a foot injury, not an ankle, just thought you should know that.

  • Terrence Healy

    The New offensive Cordinator will have a Wealth of Great Players, Ford is probably one of the Quickest Receivers in football, Taiwan Jones, Marcell Reese,Mcfadden, Criner, Streater and who knows what this years Rookies WR, RB’s will be like. Hopefully we will Grab a couple Linemen in FA that can help with the blocking. One of our Quarterbacks should be incredible who ever wins the starting place and I can wait to see Jacoby hitting the afterburners as defenders try to catch him!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ethan.g.farquhar Ethan Glenn Alan Farquhar

    Don’t forget moore as well. Hes a speedy playmaker with good hands when hes at the top of his game. I expect him to return to form of his first season or better being more experienced in a better system and healthy.

  • Bob Yost

    I love Jacoby Ford, he is a great weapon & VERY fast,… but 4.126, I seriously doubt it. I would like to know, where when & timed by whom.

  • ericthemadman

    Then don’t doubt it?? I’m sure no one is making that number up? Most importantly, who cares…..Just WIN Baby!!

  • Sbattacksd

    I’ve read this same article for the past three seasons. Funny how some think he is still a secret. Where he has made a few big plays and had some great returns which the return game is his one and only strength. Ford has inconsistent hands and and runs questionable routes. Ford is in the show me stage and possibly running out of time to do so.

  • Sbattacksd

    Also it is a foot injury not a ankle.

  • Leon Zackery

    Yes, glad to see Ford back, and hope he and McFadden make it through the season. I heard Jones is now playing in the secondary, so I would like to see what the rookie running back from UCF look like. I know Pryor has the skills, and there are so many other things you can do with him in any offense. If he is the starter, we would probably have the fastest group of skill players starting in the NFL. Now, we need to turn that into wins.

  • Kip Grosso

    When Ford went down last year I had the Raiders going from 10 wins to a losing record. But then again I didn’t know that our offensive coordinator would be so bad. Check that, suck.

  • Kip Grosso

    This is Jacoby Ford not Gerald. He’s a Raider, not an ex POTUS.

  • Bob Yost

    Knapp would have to be much better as a co-ord in order to totally suck, he’s so bad that to say he sucks is insulting to those who do suck,… but thanks to Knapp, can point & say “I might suck, but that guy swallows!”