The New York Jets announced a pair of signings on Tuesday evening coming to terms with WR Jacoby Ford and CB Dimitri Patterson.
Beginning with Patterson, this is a much needed depth signing for John Idzik and New York. After missing out on top corners such as Vontae Davis and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie, New York needed to sign someone to that has the ability to compete for a starting position next season.
Patterson, 30, spent last season down in Miami and recorded 4 interceptions in just six games before suffering a season ending groin injury. This has been the knock on Patterson throughout his NFL career, he has played just one full season in his NFL career (2006 with the Eagles) because of various injuries.
The contract is for 1 year/3 million dollars. If healthy, Patterson will bring a much needed veteran presence to the young secondary of the Jets. He played mostly on the outside with Miami last year, but has played in the slot for much of his NFL career. His versatility will make him an asset in Rex Ryan’s defense.
Jacoby Ford, 26, spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders. His contract is for 1 year and reportedly $740,000. Ford is another player that has been bothered by injuries in the past but has been explosive when on the field. Many $remember Ford coming out of Clemson in 2009 when he wowed scouts by running a 4.28 forty yard dash at the NFL combine.
Ford figures to compete for the kick return and punt return jobs immediately for New York, as well as one of the back-up receiver positions. He recorded just 13 receptions last season, but has enjoyed great success as a Kick Returner in the past, returning 4 kicks for touchdowns.
Both of these signings are classic John Idzik moves that we have come accustomed to in his one year plus as the Jets GM. Idzik is once again looking for a bargain on a player who has been hurt in the past. Both Patterson and Ford have been productive when on the field in their NFL careers, but they have spent almost as much time in the trainers room as on the gridiron.