As the Jets are starting to prepare themselves for the NFL Draft this coming May, they are still looking to fill in some roster spots that are available to them and of course it's in the wide receiver department. Many thought that the Jets were going to try and bring over DeSean Jackson who was unceremoniously cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead it's former Oakland Raiders wide out Jacoby Ford who will join Rex Ryan's bunch.
The No. 10 pick in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Ford is a speedy receiver who was mostly known to be a part of the special team unit and could be used in certain packages drawn up by Marty Mornhinweg. The former Oakland Raider could be a solid player for the Jets who appear to be focused on getting important players through the draft rather than rely on free agency.
In 38 games Ford has caught 57 out of 111 times targeted for 848 career yards as well as rushing 19 times for 201 yards for a grand total of 1,049 yards for five Touchdowns. During special teams he has returned kickoffs four times for a touchdown (3 in 2010 & 1 in 2011 going 101 yards twice), which is very surprising when the Raiders would give up on such a solid young talent.
If the Raiders are trying to rebuild their team, then why wasn't Ford apart of their plans? If this kid's stats are good then there could be a problem with different coaches or general managers coming in with their own plans of going in a different direction. But for a team like the Jets looking to add more depth to their roster and building for the future, then right now Ford is a depth player that fits right in.
But you never know if Ford is going to take the opportunity to take advantage of the situation he has just put himself in and could have a permanent home with the Green and White. We shall see what happens when preseason camp begins and see what Ford can do to be that potential Model T.