Patriots extensive receiver Isaiah Ford is among the many final remaining hopes for injecting life into an offense that’s largely sputtered this season.
The previous Dolphin, acquired final week in a deadline-day commerce, caught 18 passes for 184 yards in Miami, the place a crowded wideouts room in the end pressured his exit. At a trim 6-foot-2 and 201 kilos, Ford’s recreation resembles that of Jakobi Meyers, whose latest breakout is the principle purpose followers can dream a few extra explosive offense in New England. May including a Meyers lookalike encourage extra manufacturing?
Till Ford hits the sphere, all that may be mentioned is alternative ought to current itself. He could not begin, however latest historical past signifies Ford ought to see his justifiable share of snaps Sunday in opposition to the Ravens, particularly given his lack of competitors.
Final season, Mohamed Sanu took roughly half of the Pats’ offensive snaps within the first recreation after he was acquired by way of commerce in mid-October. Weeks earlier, Antonio Brown performed 34% of the offense’s snaps in his lone recreation as a Patriot following a full week of follow. In 2018, Josh Gordon waited an additional week to make his midseason staff debut and was rewarded with 18 complete performs.
Pats cornerback Jason McCourty, who referred to as Ford “clearly a proficient receiver,” declined to explain how he appeared in follow on Wednesday and Thursday. However in reflecting on Ford’s efficiency in final yr’s regular-season finale in opposition to the Patriots — when he caught seven balls for 54 yards — McCourty described a wideout who theoretically ought to sharpen the Pats’ passing assault.
“He made an excellent quantity of performs in that recreation; a man with suddenness off the road, in a position to uncover and catches the ball properly,” McCourty mentioned. “So hopefully he’s in a position to come right here and be capable of assist us as a staff to enhance and prepare for the second half of the season.”
This yr, Ford noticed his enjoying time decline sharply after Week 4. He hasn’t performed greater than 24 offensive snaps in a recreation since, and has consequently recorded simply three catches for 33 yards. Getting into Sunday, he’ll have three practices below his belt and been a Patriot for 12 days.
How properly Ford maximized that point ought to decide how a lot hope he evokes on Sunday.