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.