Ford will become an unrestricted free agent, as the Dolphins aren't tendering him, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. 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 likely will get a training camp invite somewhere, but he's unlikely to earn much, if any, guaranteed money.
Ford caught three of seven targets for 37 yards during Week 17's 56-26 loss to the Bills. 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.
The Dolphins signed Ford to their 53-man roster Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports. Ford had been elevated from the practice squad ahead of Saturday's win over the Raiders, with the wideout going on to reel in 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 will now get a permanent spot on the roster. If the two banged-up wideouts end up sitting Sunday against the Bills, Ford could step into a starting role.
Ford reverted to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log. 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.
Ford hauled in four of five targets for 37 yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the Raiders. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|3||09/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|5||10/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|11||11/21||@New York Jets||18||23.13|
|13||12/05||New York Giants||9||20.38|
|15||12/19||New York Jets||18||23.13|
|16||12/27||@New Orleans Saints||16||22.00|
|18||01/09||New England Patriots||10||20.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||27||17||173||0||11||10.18||17|