The New England patriots turned to the wide receiver on Tuesday. They did not attract as much attention as some had hoped, but there is reason for optimism.
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Patriots buy Ford Isaiah from the Dolphins
In a rare case between AFC rivals in the East, the Patriots sent a conditional jump to the Miami Dolphins in 2022 with a sixth round for WR Isaiah Ford. Here’s a bit of the Passandra, which projects a slotted receiver onto the Patriots.
The deal was made by the Dolphins to make room for newcomer Lynn Bowden and other players. The last time the Dolphins dealt with the Patriots, they sent Wes Welker to Foxborough, and we know how that worked.
Ford’s strengths and weaknesses
Ford, 24 years old, is known as an excellent track racer with excellent jumping characteristics. With the Dolphins he hasn’t had many chances, although he has played regularly this season. In total, he has played 16 games in three seasons, he has 41 shots at 428 yards.
Ford is not known as a burner. He slipped from Virginia Tech in the seventh round in 2017 when he rode 40 times in the NFL with a score of almost 4.6. He has also tried to stay healthy, which partly explains why he has only played 16 games in three seasons.
Still, he has a big advantage. Ford will earn almost $400,000 this season and is an unrestricted free agent, so it fits the mold that patriots usually seek, for better or worse.
And here is the analysis of his strengths, which is derived from Wa. Technician Matt Miller of the Bleecher report:
Isaiah Ford is a refined track racer who can win both at the finish line and at the end of the field. At Virginia Tech, he made 75 catches of 1,000 yards in a row. He has good legs and uses them to cover the media attention. Thanks to the ability to bounce on the ball, it gets a good split on the intermediate sections. The defender often remains on his deep thigh and has to set spectacular pitfalls, which he is very adept at. As he showed with his 127 centimeter long jump, Ford has the explosive jumping ability to jump over his defenders. He has great control over his body in the air and near the sidelines, which shows a good adaptation to football. The combination of size, jumping power and body control gives it an excellent catch radius. With his mate he tried to enter the field with his defensive ridges and after the catch he was able to obtain a hidden farm.
What does this agreement say about patriotic leadership this year?
The agreement indicates that the Patriots have not completely abandoned the concept of rivalry and the challenge of invoicing buffalo for the CFA’s Eastern Crown. However, this is a passive attempt at improvement, not a complex wave that many team members hoped to see.
Ford is not Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Allen Robinson or even Will Fuller and John Ross, but his acquisition is better than doing nothing with a team that clearly needs weapons in a passing game.
Due to the restrictions imposed by KOVID-19 on the free movement of personnel, Ford will have to wait six days before he can join his new team. That means he won’t be playing the New York Jets on Monday night, but barring bad luck, he has a prime time game against the Baltimore Ravens in week ten. He has about eight matches to prove he’s worthy of a deal and to help the patriots improve their attack.