For anyone who missed the news yesterday, the Jets signed two players yesterday, one on each side of the line of scrimmage. They signed WR/KR Jacoby Ford to compete for time on the offense. Later on, they finally signed their cornerback in the form of Dimitri Patterson.
Let’s talk about these signings for a minute.
Were they splashy? No. Are they names that the fans are going to be excited over? Absolutely not. But we have moves at positions of need, which is all we can ask for out of our general manager.
Receiving & Rushing
If you haven’t figured it out yet, there are Jacoby Ford’s career stats to date. Here are his stats in the kick return game:
Kick & Punt Returns
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Whether he works out on offense or not, he will be an asset running back kicks. Last season, Ford averaged 23 yards per return, very comparable to Josh Cribbs‘ 24.5 yards per return. In his younger days, Ford ran back four kicks for touchdowns over two seasons. It took Cribbs three seasons to do that.
No I am not saying he is as good as Cribbs, I am just saying we can’t count Ford out.
And when he was healthy at WR, Jacoby Ford played quite well. In 2010, he posted two performances of over 100 yards receiving. He has explosive speed, and can be a difference maker if he is healthy.
Same goes for Dimitri Patterson. He has been quite productive when healthy, as we have talked about. In just six games last season for the Dolphins, he posted four interceptions. That’s a pace of 9-10 interceptions over a full season.
No, I am not saying he is going to be the next Revis or Richard Sherman. But, if he is healthy, he is a low risk, high reward signing as well.
So, the point is, don’t count John Idzik yet. There is a lot of off-season yet to go. There are the secondary free agents, that we have started to see. We have the draft. There will be undrafted free agents. There will be cuts made.
This roster is nowhere near finalized. Give Idzik some time.