Jacoby Ford (12) carries the ball. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Ford has interest from New York Jets

The New York Jets came into the offseason with a massive hole at the wide receiver position, and they mostly filled it by re-signing former Denver Broncos star WR Eric Decker to a lucrative contract. He’s a much better No. 1 receiver than Santonio Holmes, but signing Decker doesn’t fully solve the problem. After kicking the tires on Brandon LaFell and Emmanuel Sanders before they signed with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, respectively, on Saturday, a source informs the New York Post’s Brian Costello that the Jets have interest in speed demon Jacoby Ford.

Costello notes that there is a Jets coaching link to Ford, as current wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal was Ford’s WR coach while with the Oakland Raiders. The organization never made an effort to re-sign him, which is surprising given Ford’s speed and ability as a returner. He is the opposite of reliable and fits as a WR4 or WR3 at best, but his playmaking ability and special teams value make him worth a flier.

Ford is just 26, and he once had 25 receptions for 470 yards and two touchdowns (18.8 yards per reception) as a rookie, and he also had a ridiculous three touchdowns and 1,280 kick-off return yards. Dennis Allen didn’t use him much last season, but the Raiders loss could be the Jets gain; I see nice reward and no risk involved in potentially signing Ford.

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  • Kevin Lurker

    He’s all yours. Bye.

  • Luis Hernandez

    Good luck with his fumbling issues… That’s why he wasn’t used much. Speed doesn’t make up for that

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      At least he doesn’t fumble as much as Trindon Holliday.

      • Luis Hernandez

        Did you see his play last year? Pretty much every opportunity he got to get the ball, he fumbled. Who knows what happened to him, but dude lost his confidence. He was a favorite of mine ever since his rookie year, especially after that chiefs game, but since this past season he didn’t do much to earn a new contract. Hate to see him go, but we need productive players.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          That’s definitely true, and hopefully a change of scenery can help him find his confidence and cut down on those fumbles. There are plenty of consistency issues with Ford, but I think the upside makes a cheap, one-year flier deal worth it. There’s no risk there, can easily cut him out of training camp.

  • Bob

    Good luck with this.