Bay Area Athlete Of The Day: Raiders WR Jacoby Ford

I'm a big fan of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" both the American and British versions. It's the show where "everything's made up and the points don't matter." That's right folks, the points do not matter, but I don't feel like it's complete without them. Using the points as a segue tied everything in as it should be, and that made me enjoy them. When points were not handed out, needless to say - I was not a happy camper.

So I'm a bit of a stickler for not-so-prestigious awards, but I think you guys can deal. Each day, I'll be taking a look at one player in Bay Area sports from the previous day and spotlighting their achievements in a blog post. I'll dub them the Bay Area Athlete of the Day, and we can all reminisce about just how awesome said player is/was.

Today, I'm dubbing Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jacoby Ford the Bay Area athlete of the day, despite Oakland's loss to the Miami Dolphins. Let's talk about it after the jump.

Oakland desperately needs one of their receivers to really step their game up. They've become a somewhat reliable bunch of targets, but none of them have stepped it up as an excellent playmaker outside of tight end Zach Miller. Ford was good for 12 points on his own yesterday, though. He accounted for the first score of the game with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and didn't let up from there.

He snagged his first receiving touchdown of the season, a 44-yard completion that accounted for his other six points on the day. Add to that a 52-yard reception and 108 total yards, and you have a pretty darn good receiver, and a rookie at that. Ford has had one other big game, two weeks ago against Kansas City where he caught six passes for 148 yards. It's something he'll need to continue doing for Oakland's success, but either way, Jacoby Ford was definitely a silver lining for the Silver and Black on Sunday.

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