Opponent Opinions: WR Jacoby Ford

Rookie Jacoby Ford was one of the fastest wide receiver prospects in the 2010 draft and he was a player the Dolphins brought in for a pre-draft workout. Now, they get to face him this Sunday in Oakland. Ford, a native of Royal Palm Beach, Fla., talked about his pre-draft visit with the Dolphins, among other topics, in a conference call with South Florida reporters this week.

Here is a transcript of that conference call:

Q: Jacoby, were you a Dolphins fan growing up?

Yeah, I was a Dolphins fan growing up a little bit. I always kept up on them and watched them as I did grow up, especially being so close to home and being a hometown team.

Q: How close do you think you became to being a Dolphin? I know you worked out here with the local kids. Did you ever get the impression that they liked you?

Yeah, I did, I had a little workout before the draft. I felt pretty good and I felt comfortable with what I did. With the draft you're never really sure where you're going to go but I felt really comfortable with them whenever I did go down there.

Q: In terms of what you've contributed in Oakland, what has sort of been your key to making an impact as of late?

I think it's just me being patient, just working hard like I have been in practice and just try to translate everything over from the practice field to the game field and just waiting on my opportunity to come and every time my number is called to try to make a play. I'd just go out there and make a play for this team.

Q: What about your rookie season do you think has happened the way you expected it and vice versa?

I definitely think I've had my ups and I've had my downs. Just coming from the downs to be able to overcome them and persevere past them. I think that's when you start growing as a player and as an individual personally. I think that's probably what I've translated really well with that so far, just trying to be able to put myself in a great position and make plays for this team to help us win.

Q: What do you think has been the key to this team's resurgence? You guys have come on late lately.

I think whenever we play together we're a hard team to beat. Whenever we're out of sync or we're not playing Raiders football like we're supposed to be playing, that's when things break down for us. When we're not playing at our best.

Q: With where the team is right now and how close the battle is in your division with the Chargers coming on, how important is this game for you guys to get a win?

Every game is important, especially the next one. That's just our mentality. We always know that the next game is important. We know we have to go out there, it's going to be a fight, it's going to be a battle. We have to go out there, execute our game and just play to the best of our abilities.

Q: You and Chris Clemons were teammates at Clemson; what was your relationship like in the locker room there?

Me and Chris were real cool while we were at Clemson at the time. I know him really well, he knows me really well. Played against each other you know offense and defense in practices. This actually will be the first time we will play against each other not on the same team. I'm looking forward to it. It'll be good to see him. I haven't seen him in a while. I'm looking forward to that matchup.

Q: Was he a guy you would go up against every day in practice?

Yeah, we used to always go up against each other in practice. Me and him are real good friends and stuff like that. I'm pretty sure I'll hear from him this week.

Q: Can you talk about Vontae Davis, the cornerback here in Miami. He's gotten some complements and he was billed as a rising star. Is he somebody that really pops out when you watch him on video? Or does he sort of look kind of average? What do you think of him on video?

I definitely think he's a great athlete. He flips his hips really well. He plays the deep ball really good and he doesn't give up a lot of big plays. I think it's going to take a lot of effort on my part to be able to go out there and execute against him. You have to be disciplined and just try to work all your technique in order to be able to get open.

Q: You were a speed guy in college and I believe you ran track at one time. What do you think it takes to make that speed translate to the football field?

Running is running. If you're going to be fast, you have to play fast. That's something that I have done. That's the thing I'm doing a real good job of over here. I think my receiver coach stresses it a lot. Just lick your speed on them and everything will take care of itself. I just think I'm doing a good job of taking my routes speed and doing everything that I can to get open and make plays whenever I can.

Q: What is the definition of playing fast from your standpoint?

Pretty much the way we say, if you're 4.2 play 4.2. Don't run 4.2 but play 4.4. That's just kind of the analogy we use around here. If you're going to be fast you have to play fast at all times.

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