Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik walks off the field with the ball after the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 37-27 Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on Latest New York Jets Signings: Don't Count Out John Idzik Yet

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

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb
2010 23 OAK KR/WR 12 16 9 25 470 18.8 2 52 1.6 29.4 10 155 2 71 15.5 9.7 0.6 625 4 3
2011 24 OAK wr 12 8 3 19 279 14.7 1 41 2.4 34.9 4 31 0 30 7.8 3.9 0.5 310 1 3
2013 26 OAK 12 14 1 13 99 7.6 0 22 0.9 7.1 5 15 0 4 3.0 1.1 0.4 114 0 4
Career 38 13 57 848 14.9 3 52 1.5 22.3 19 201 2 71 10.6 5.3 0.5 1049 5 10

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

Punt Returns Kick Returns
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd AV
2010 23 OAK KR/WR 12 16 9 53 1280 3 101 24.2 1905 8
2011 24 OAK wr 12 8 3 11 341 1 101 31.0 651 3
2012 25 OAK 12 0 0
2013 26 OAK 12 14 1 9 77 0 14 8.6 11 253 0 30 23.0 444 1
Career 38 13 9 77 0 14 8.6 75 1874 4 101 25.0 3000 12

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.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Yep, we move on to the bargain basement signings. Veteran corner and veteran receiver, like you said at least they were signings of need. We really needed two often injured, aging players to go along with out new often injured, aging quarterback. This has turned out to be the greatest off season any team has ever had in free agency!! In Idzik we trust! Go Jets!!

    • Alan Schechter

      When did you become so pessimistic Paul? Take a deep breath, let things play out. There is a lot more offseason left.

  • Paul Newbold

    The rumor mill has the Raiders shopping Moore for a fourth rounder, and we settle for Ford. Hey, Idzik maybe we can sign a safety with a walker too! Loosing patience with this guy, I’m trying, but he’s loosing me!

    • Frank Antonelli

      Jesus Paul calm down! A team is made up of 53 players. Our problem in the Tanny era is that we never had the depth we needed. Idzik is building a team of 53 legitimate NFL players. He has 12 draft picks this year. Guess what Tanny had in Rex’s first 3 years (2009-2011)? 13 total. That is why we’re in this mess. Let the man do his job and stop being so impatient. You’re acting like a typical Jet fan!

      • Paul Newbold

        I’m trying Frank. I really liked Idzik’s moves last season. The Tanny era was a nightmare…I’d never compare the two! However, Idzik is loosing me quickly! He got us out of the Cap Nightmare, had a very good showing in the draft last season, but his bargain basement shopping does nothing to upgrade the team, we saw that with the WR group last season. These two latest signings are much the same…53 man roster yes, a roster with 53 COMPETENT players, not currently. I’m well aware we have 12 picks, they can’t possibly sign them all however, maybe and its a stretch 6 of those will make the team. With needs at OL, S, CB, OLB, ILB, TE, WR, and RB, we needed some help in free agency, and got an assortment of misfits to go along with the Decker signing. I’m trying to stay positive..but Idzik’s grades in free agency are tumbling fast!

        • Frank Antonelli

          Paul. I believe that he’s punting on this season. Of course he won’t come out and say that. But I believe that he believes that we’re not ready to make the next leap. Thus why not get another year of draft picks in a very deep draft. Develop them and then next year sign the missing pieces. We were 8 and 8 last year but we gave up 100 points more than we scored! Amazing job by Rex to get us there. If Idzik ever gets Rex the players to make a serious run we could be looking at another Super Bowl. So be patient this thing is not going to happen this year. I believe Idzik is truly taking a long term approach and Woody has given him his blessing. I think Woody realizes that the Tanny way was the wrong approach and building the way the Steelers, Seahawks, etc have built their teams is the better way.

          • RONBO19

            Frank, seriously? you really believe all this ‘master plan nonsense? I’m thinking your one of the people who think Idzik is saving the money for a rainy day? Paul’s right on the money here because like many poster’s here you think it was Idzik who figured out how to fix last years cap night mare, when in fact ,he simply followed the exact plan Rich Cimini got and published from none other than our very own deposed GM Mike Tannenbaum! yes, that’s right, it was actually Tanny’s plan that Idzik gets all the credit for.Now, don’t get me wrong, i was no fan of Tanny’s either as like Idzik he was strictly a bean counter until the jets promoted him in 2006.Paul is right, this team will never improve until we sign the premium players that make the difference.Filling out a roster of mediocre players with more mediocre players will only keep us a mediocre team.

          • Paul Newbold

            If he’s punting on this season, then let us know…we all can stay home this season and save ,money too! LOL

      • Alan Schechter

        Thank you Frank. I couldn’t agree with you more. Let’s give the man some time to put his plan to action, completely. We can complain in the Fall if the team isn’t where we want it to be.

  • AC

    Not sure what to think of these two signings. Jacoby Ford had 114 yards receiving last year, and as you said, an average return of 23-24 yards, same as Cribbs. Then Patterson, you pay $3 million, when you probably could have brought back Cro for $5-6M. I doubt Patterson will be an upgrade over Cro. Cro had a great 2012 season, was injured more than the Jets let on last year, and had weaker safety help than in 2012. I mean, I can’t say what will happen yet, but to the average outsider, it looks like a filler signing to keep us from “Crowing” so to speak. I really hope we see the Milliner from weeks 15-16 every game next season, that would be big. There are always a lot of surprises throughout a season. I just would hate to see another 8-8 season, this one with Rex’s job on the line, because I don’t want someone else running this defense. Rex is still good for the Jets. He has done a better job than most could do here, and believe me, the Grudens and Cowhers of the world won’t come here. Not even the Shannahans. So what are we gonna do if this season is another POS?

    • Alan Schechter

      Totally agree with you on Rex. I love Rex as the coach, have loved Rex as coach since day one, and want him to be here a long, long time. As far as the signings, they could go either way. These guys both have been productive when healthy. The part we all have to remember is that they are low risk, high reward. He isn’t crippling the team with bad contracts on these investments. If they don’t work out, they can be released without losing too much money against the cap, which is a credit to John Idzik.

      He knows what he is doing.