By Luis Tirado Jr. @LTJ81 on June 18, 2014
The New York Jets made an interesting move this past offseason when they acquired kick returner Jacoby Ford. Could Ford be a huge contributor for the Jets this upcoming season via special teams?
See five reasons why he will have a breakout season.
Ford boasts having one of the fastest meter times in the entire NFL. Able to evade defenders at an incredibly fast speed, Ford will bring a great dimension back into the Jets' scoring opportunities. They always say that field positioning is one of the most important parts of football. Ford will be able to put the Jets at a major advantage by giving them great yardage on kickoff and punt returns.
Ford passed all health exams and was signed once it was verified he was in good shape. The Oakland Raiders released him since he played until the end of his contract and they figured he wasn't worth the investment anymore. The Jets were quick to acquire him since they knew that if healthy, he could be a great asset to the team the likes of which they haven't seen in years. Ford is healthy and ready to make lasting impressions on his new team.
It's no lie that Ford is one of the fastest athletes on the Jets. So much so, that he could also be utilized as a dual-threat kind of player. In addition to taking care of kickoff and punting return duties, he will also be used in certain offensive formations to take full advantage of his speed. Expect to see him not only make a big impact on special teams, but also contribute on offense at key opportunities.
Ford several Raider records with his performances the past three years. He holds a Raiders record in which he ran a 101 yard return for a touchdown, which was the longest in team history. He is the Raiders' all-time player with most returns for touchdowns at four. He also holds an NFL record for returning a kickoff back for a touchdown in just 11 seconds flat. Expect similar results once he debuts for the Jets.
It always fuels athletes whenever they get the boot and have to move on to another team. You better believe Ford will be playing with a purpose. He's broken several team and NFL records so far, and wants to make an even bigger name for himself on a new team. The majority of time in this case, you will overachieve and prove to the masses why you're the real deal. In Ford's case, he will proudly show that wearing a Jets uniform.
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