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Jacoby Ford ready to break out

The news of Jacoby Ford missing the preseason with a broken hand means he will slide down draft boards. That's good for those targeting him as a breakout candidate. The Raiders wide receiver is slated to be ready for Week 1.

Depth charts mean little at this time, but the Raiders list him as a starting wide receiver. The average player will overlook Ford. He had flashes of brilliance last season, but overall the stats weren’t great.

Ford had 25 catches for 470 yards for an average of 18.8 yards per catch with two TDs and 155 rushing yards on 10 carries with two scores. He gets a boost in return yardage leagues since he had 53 kickoff returns producing 1,280 yards for a 24.2 average with three TDs.

Watching Ford last season, I was impressed with the way he fought for the ball in traffic. He made some difficult catches and even though he's 5-9 and speedy, that's not the only aspect of his game.

His best game came against the Chiefs when he caught six passes for 148 yards and returned a kickoff for a score. The Raiders will involve him more. Don’t be surprised if he breaks out and you can likely draft him as a WR4 in a lot of drafts. That's a round where you look for upside and Ford has it.

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