For a team dying for help at nearly every position, one prime addition could come from within the organization.
Wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who missed all of last season and half of 2011 with a sprained foot that wound up requiring Lisfranc surgery, “definitely” expects himself to be at full speed for training camp.
“It’s not quite 100 percent, but it’s coming along really well,” Ford told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I am back to running routes and feel pretty good about my straight-ahead full speed. And I have been cutting on it.”
Drafted by the Raiders in 2010, Ford provided an immediate spark with 25 receptions, 470 yards, and two touchdowns in his rookie season. You may remember a certain game against the Chiefs, when he made several tough catches to propel the Raiders to an overtime win.
If Ford is able to return in 2013, he will join a young receiving core with the likes of Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, and Rod Streater.