Ford returned five kickoffs for 93 yards and did not play on offense in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 18.
Analysis: Ford, who had a season-high five carries last week, was not used as a running back Sunday. Instead, the Browns went with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, much as they did all season. Hunt and fellow back D'Ernest Johnson are in the final year of contracts expected to hit the open market in March. Ford appears poised to become the top backup to Chubb next season.
Jan 9, 2023 7:31 PM EST
Ford had a season-high five carries for nine yards and returned one kickoff for 23 yards in Sunday's 24-10 win over Washington in Week 17.
Analysis: Ford played a season-high seven snaps on offense, as the Browns, whose postseason chances were eliminated in last week, begin preparations for 2023. The rookie had more touches than Kareem Hunt (two carries, one catch), who is in the final year of his contact. Also notable is that D'Ernest Johnson, in the final year of his deal, did not play on offense. Ford appears to be lining up as Nick Chubb's top backup next season.
Jan 2, 2023 5:50 AM EST
Ford had three carries for three yards and returned three kickoffs for 48 yards in Sunday's 27-14 win over the Texans in Week 13.
Analysis: Ford had appeared in games as a special teams player only until Sunday, when he played seven snaps on offense and was given his first touches as a running back. With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt healthy, there isn't much need for a third back. However, it was interesting to see Ford get snaps over D'Ernest Johnson.
Dec 5, 2022 5:02 AM EST
Ford returned to two kickoffs for 67 yards in Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Ford continues to provide value as a kickoff returner, but the rookie has yet to play a snap on offense through seven contests. That's unlikely to change as long as Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are healthy, or possibly if the Browns' playoff chances are scuttled. Ford's 27.4 average kickoff return is tied for tops in the NFL for players with at least 10 returns.
Nov 28, 2022 4:45 AM EST
Ford returned two kickoffs for 49 yards in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Bills in Week 11.
Analysis: Ford has been valuable as a returner, averaging 26.3 yards per return, which ranks third among players with at least 10 returns. Once again, Demetric Felton was inactive, so Ford appears to be in the team's long-range plans.
Nov 21, 2022 5:51 AM EST
Ford returned three kickoffs for 95 yards and did not play on offense in Sunday's 39-17 loss to the Dolphins in Week 10.
Analysis: Ford was activated off injured reserve and made an immediate impact with a 48-yard return on the opening kickoff. That put Cleveland in business to take a 7-0 lead early. Ford missed the bare minimum while on IR. There will be little chance of him elevating to a prominent backfield role, unless the Browns experience multiple injuries up the depth chart.
Nov 14, 2022 5:18 AM EST
Cleveland activated Ford (ankle) from its injured reserve list Saturday ahead of Sunday's game at Miami, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: After sitting out the Browns' last four games, Ford appears to have fully recovered from the ankle injury he sustained in Week 4 versus Atlanta. The fifth-round rookie will likely resume his role as Cleveland's primary kick returner in Week 10.
Nov 12, 2022 11:37 AM EST
Ford (ankle) was designated to return from injured reserve Monday.
Analysis: The Browns now have a 21-day window to either activate Ford or leave him on IR for the remainder of the season. The running back has been out since suffering a left ankle injury in Week 4 versus the Falcons and would likely slide back into a prominent role as a return specialist for Cleveland once healthy.
Nov 7, 2022 8:06 AM EST
The Browns placed Ford (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Ford suffered the injury during the team's Week 4 loss to the Falcons and will be sidelined for at least four additional games. The rookie fifth-round pick played exclusively on special teams through the first four games of the season, returning six kickoffs for 145 yards. In his absence, D'Ernest Johnson would be the most likely candidate to take over as the Browns' primary kick returner.
Oct 4, 2022 9:06 AM EST
Ford (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Ford has played exclusively on special teams over the first three weeks of the season, netting 111 kick return yards over this span. With the rookie temporary sidelined, D'Ernest Johnson will take over the Browns' primary kick return duties.
Oct 2, 2022 10:40 AM EST
Ford did not play on offense and returned one kickoff for 15 yards in Thursday's 29-17 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Ford has been the primary returner of kickoffs through three weeks but has yet to get a snap on offense.
Sep 23, 2022 7:02 AM EST
Ford returned to kickoffs for 67 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Jets in Week 2.
Analysis: Ford has been active the first two weeks but has yet to play on offense. There isn't a need as long as Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are healthy. Ford has returned three kickoffs with an average of 32 yards per return, which ranks third in the league and first among players with more than one attempt.
Sep 19, 2022 6:01 AM EST
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