As a player who was supposed to be a major contribution to the Oakland Raiders, wide receiver Jacoby Ford has supplied very little this season. After a foot injury that annihilated most of his 2012 season, Raiders fans expected the old Jacoby to return with a bang.
This has yet to happen however. In six games, Ford has had his hands on the ball only ten times.
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson attributes Ford’s lack of impressiveness to his injury. Olson said, “he hasn’t been healthy.” The offensive coordinator states that only about three weeks did he finally start seeing the fiery Ford that Raiders fans fell in love with in 2010, when he impressed us all with his talent as a receiver.
However, Ford says he’s been healthy the entire season, and not only that, but he’s felt like an improved version of himself.
So what is Ford’s issue? If his health is completely up to par, why haven’t we seen the same explosiveness we’re used to seeing from him in the past?
Recovering from his injury could of course be a factor in Ford’s slow comeback, but if he claims he’s felt healthy all season, there must be other issues at hand.
Ford has to prove his health and recovery from an extreme injury to an entirely new set of coaches - coaches who have only heard of and seen his talent in the past, but have yet to be reassured of said talent this year. This is a whole new realm of pressure for the wide receiver.
Ford seems to be suffering from the “Marcel Reece syndrome.” He’s a great player once he gets his hand on the ball, but it’s a matter of just that – actually getting his hand on the ball.
Coach Dennis Allen almost seems to take the blame for this issue. He states the Raiders need to find a way of getting the ball to Ford and creating the opportunity for him.
Whatever the reason for Ford’s lack of intensity in the beginning of the season, as long as both parties are in agreement to his current health status, I think we can expect a resurgence of the old Jacoby Ford.
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