Coach: Ford will be a 'household name'

Oakland coach Hue Jackson has said several times this offseason that second-year receiver/returner Jacoby Ford will have an expanded role this season. In an interview with the NFL Network, Jackson got excited and said Ford will become a “household name.”

“You better believe I do,” Jackson said. “Obviously, Jacoby is going to become a household name, because he has some very special ability. He’s very good with the ball in his hands -- he’s very good without the ball in his hands -- because he draws a lot of attention.”

It is clear Ford is going to get a chance to start on a regular basis. I think it’s the right call. Ford has special ability and he needs to be on the field as much as possible. He has already developed into one of the team’s most clutch weapons.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday afternoon:

  • Longtime NFL personnel man Gil Brandt said the Raiders’ hire of Jackson as head coach was “great.”

  • The Raiders are represented in an Insider piece on the worst free-agent signings.

  • There’s some interesting AFC West numbers in this Football Outsiders 2010 breakdown on broken tackles. Hat tip to the reader who pointed this out to me.

  • San Diego linebacker Antwan Applewhite is reportedly planning to plead not guilty to DUI charges. Applewhite is likely on the bubble to make the Chargers’ roster.

  • Here’s a look at some key issues for the Chargers.

  • Former Oakland receiver Jerry Porter suffered a major injury in a CFL training camp. Porter will be 33 next month. His football-playing days may now be behind him.