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The Dolphins cut Ford on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Ford has been a regular on Miami's practice squad since joining the team as a seventh-round pick back in the 2017 NFL Draft, and it's possible he resurfaces there in the regular season. He also appeared in 18 games from 2019-20, with a career-high 28 catches for 276 yards in 10 contests last season. With Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle having joined the Dolphins this offseason, and Albert Wilson back after opting out, the receiving corps is simply too deep to afford Ford a spot.
Aug 24, 2021 1:37 PM EST
Ford re-signed with the Dolphins on Friday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: A 2017 seventh-round pick, Ford has caught 51 passes in 19 games for the Dolphins, even making a start in Week 17 last year. However, he's looking at a crowded depth chart in Miami, which explains why the team didn't give him a restricted free agent tender at the beginning of the offseason. The Dolphins have since added Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle, plus they have Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns returning from COVID-19 opt outs. Ford will need a strong camp just to have a shot at making the Week 1 roster.
Jul 16, 2021 10:41 AM EST
Ford will become an unrestricted free agent, as the Dolphins aren't tendering him, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Ford had some opportunities to step up with injuries ravaging Miami's receiving corps last season but didn't stand out when given the chance, finishing the season with 28 catches for 276 yards in 10 games. The 25-year-old receiver will likely get a training camp invite somewhere, but he's unlikely to earn much, if any, guaranteed money.
Mar 14, 2021 4:07 PM EST
Ford caught three of seven targets for 37 yards during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Ford performed to a relatively consistent level in 2020, securing 28 of 44 targets for a career-high 276 yards through 10 games with the Dolphins. He had a fairly uncharacteristic struggle with drops during the season finale, however, though what at first appeared to be his most egregious mistake of the day turned out to have been the result of a Bills' deflection. The 24-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
Jan 5, 2021 3:50 PM EST
The Dolphins signed Ford to the 53-man roster Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Ford elevated from the practice squad for last Saturday's narrow win over the Raiders, in which he caught four of five targets for 37 yards. With DeVante Parker (hamstring) still iffy for Week 17 and Jakeem Grant (ankle) potentially out multiple weeks, Ford has now earned a secure spot on the active roster. He could be in the mix for No. 3 receiver reps against the Bills on Sunday if Parker can't go.
Dec 30, 2020 1:45 PM EST
Ford reverted to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Ford reeled in four of his five targets for 37 yards during Saturday night's 26-25 win over the Raiders, but he remains without a firm position on the active roster. Given that Jakeem Grant suffered a high-ankle sprain Saturday, there's a strong possibility Ford rejoins the 53-man roster for a Week 17 road trip to Buffalo. DeVante Parker (hamstring) continues to deal with injury, while Preston Williams (foot) remains on IR.
Dec 28, 2020 5:35 PM EST
Ford hauled in four of five targets for 37 yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Ford got a chance to handle 52 percent of offensive snaps with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined. If Parker is unable to return Week 17 in Buffalo, Ford could get another opportunity to work as MIami's No. 3 receiver.
Dec 27, 2020 2:44 PM EST
The Dolphins elevated Ford to the active roster Tuesday.
Analysis: The Dolphins are preemptively calling up the fourth-year wideout for Saturday's game against the Raiders. Ford played 54 snaps on offense (74 percent) in last week's win over the Patroits, and he caught all three targets for 18 yards. He could handle a similar workload if both DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) sit out again.
Dec 22, 2020 5:47 PM EST
Ford reverted to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Ford played a considerable portion of the offensive workload in a win over New England, garnering 54 of 73 snaps while pulling in all three of his targets for 18 yards. Following a mid-season stint with the Patriots, Week 15 marked Ford's first Dolphins appearance since Nov. 1.
Dec 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST
Ford reeled in all three of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 22-12 won over the Patriots.
Analysis: Ford had a brief stint with the Patriots back in November, so his matchup on Sunday may technically have qualified as a 'revenge game.' With DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) both absent last weekend, and Preston Williams (foot) still on IR, Ford was afforded an opportunity to handle a season-high 54 offensive snaps (74 percent).
Dec 21, 2020 1:48 PM EST
The Dolphins elevated Ford from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Ford will bring an ounce of familiarity with New England's scheme into the mix Sunday, as he briefly spent time there after being traded by the Dolphins for a late-round pick back in November. The young receiver then came full circle after being cut by the Patriots, as the Dolphins picked him back up. If DeVante Parker (hamstring) and/or Jakeem Grant (hamstring) are limited or forced to miss time Sunday, Ford could play a notable role on offense.
Dec 19, 2020 12:55 PM EST
Ford signed to the Dolphins' practice squad Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old was traded from the Dolphins to the Patriots for a late-round pick in early November, but he was waived over the weekend. Ford has cleared waivers and will return to the team where he began the season.
Dec 8, 2020 7:29 PM EST
Ford was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old was acquired from the Dolphins in early November but never played a snap with the Patriots. Ford will be a candidate for the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Dec 5, 2020 4:10 PM EST
Ford (coach's decision) is inactive for Week 11, Erik Scalavino of the Patriots' official site reports.
Analysis: Ford was eligible to play Week 10 against the Ravens on Sunday Night Football, but he ultimately did not log a single offensive or special-teams snap during the 23-17 win. New England decided to bring six receivers onto its active roster for a Week 11 road trip to Houston, but the 24-year-old finds himself on the outside looking in.
Nov 22, 2020 9:08 AM EST
Ford didn't log a snap in Sunday's 23-17 win over the Ravens.
Analysis: Ford, who was acquired from the Dolphins on Nov. 3, figures to find his way into his new team's wide receiver rotation (which also includes Jakobi Meyers, N'Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd) in the coming weeks, but until that happens, he's off the fantasy radar.
Nov 16, 2020 11:42 AM EST
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that Ford has been cleared to return from the reserve/Commissioner Exempt List, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After being acquired from the Dolphins on Nov. 3, Ford was ineligible to play in the Patriots' Week 9 win over the Jets while he waited to clear COVID-19 intake testing with his new team. Now that Ford has been formally added to the roster, he'll add some much-needed depth to a Patriots wideout corps that's lacking in dependable options. Quarterback Cam Newton seems to have established a rapport with Jacobi Meyers (22 receptions for 287 yards over last three games) of late, but with Julian Edelman (knee) on injured reserve and the status of N'Keal Harry (concussion) uncertain, Ford could quickly earn a key role in the team's receiver rotation.
Nov 10, 2020 12:25 PM EST
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that Ford won't be available to play in Monday's game against the Jets while the receiver waits to clear COVID-19 protocols, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Acquired from the Dolphins prior to Tuesday's trade deadline, Ford will reside on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List and won't count against the Patriots' 53-man roster for Week 9. Assuming Ford is able to pass his intake testing without incident, he should be ready to participate in the Patriots' first Week 10 practice next Wednesday before making his team debut Nov. 15 against Baltimore. Ford had played less than 40 percent of the offensive snaps in his final three games with the Dolphins, but he should have a clearer path to playing time in New England with top slot man Julian Edelman (knee) out indefinitely.
Nov 4, 2020 6:37 AM EST
The Dolphins dealt Ford to the Patriots on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Ford was utilized regularly through the first four games of the season, seeing between 44 and 74 percent of the snaps on offense. His workload has whittled down to 32-36 percent of those plays over the last three contests, resulting in three catches (on three targets) for 33 yards. With the move to New England, Ford could play a decent role right away for a receiving corps that's composed of N'Keal Harry (concussion), Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.
Nov 3, 2020 12:01 PM EST
Ford did not receive a single target during Sunday's 24-0 win against the Jets.
Analysis: Ford's 18 offensive snaps were a season worst, but his involvement may have faded over the course of the game because of Miami carrying a three-possession lead into the halftime break. The 2017 seventh-round pick averaged 3.4 catches and 38.4 receiving yards per game Weeks 1 through 5, with his breakout performance coming by way of a seven-catch, 76-yard outing Sept. 20 against Buffalo. Emerging from the Week 7 bye, Ford will be catching passes from rookie Tua Tagovailoa in a matchup against the Rams' fourth-ranked pass defense.
Oct 20, 2020 5:37 PM EST
Ford corralled both of his targets for 23 receiving yards during Sunday's 43-17 win against the 49ers.
Analysis: Ford attracted a career-high 10 targets during the Dolphins' Week 4 loss to Seattle, but he was held quiet Week 5 despite Miami posting its highest point total since Oct. 25 of the 2015 season. The 24-year-old's 10-target outing wasn't a complete enigma, as he also garnered nine targets Week 2 against the Bills, as well as five targets in the season opener against New England. Ford remains the Dolphins' No. 3 WR option heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Jets' bottom-10 pass defense.
Oct 13, 2020 6:33 PM EST
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