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Raiders sign their latest Cliff Branch hopeful

CliffBranch.jpgThe Oakland Raiders have been searching for the next Cliff Branch for more than 30 years.  Today, they signed a guy who possibly is even faster.

The Raiders have announced that fourth-round rookie receiver Jacoby Ford has agreed to terms.  Ford, who played college football at Clemson, was once clocked at 4.126 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

He ran a “slower” 4.28-second 40 at the Scouting Combine in February.

Slacker.

If Ford can run routes (other than of the 9 variety) and, you know, catch the ball, the Raiders could be continuing to move in the right direction.

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53 Responses to “Raiders sign their latest Cliff Branch hopeful”
  1. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 19, 2010 4:38 PM

    Al Davis
    Tiki BarBer
    Lawrence Taylor
    How does that sound for a reality show??

  2. 2010_DHB_70rec_900yds_10tds says: Jul 19, 2010 4:40 PM

    pro bowl kick returner 2010!

  3. KILLER FIN says: Jul 19, 2010 4:42 PM

    I have that football card!!!

  4. dabarber says: Jul 19, 2010 4:43 PM

    Al Davis is such an idiot. Having a “fast” guy in the 70’s was an advantage.
    But nowadays everybody is “fast.”

  5. SterilizeTHenry says: Jul 19, 2010 4:44 PM

    I thought they already had a sprinter pretending to be a WR on their roster.

  6. jj jones says: Jul 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    Jacoby Ford = Alvis Whitted

  7. FastEddy415 says: Jul 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    wont matter…. the raiders will continue their NFL record breaking losing ways.

  8. JaggedMark says: Jul 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    Now if the Raiders could only find the next Ken Stabler.

  9. DEMOLITION says: Jul 19, 2010 4:48 PM

    Flowerio – grow a pair.
    If this was any other team signing their 4th pick, would all this have been necessary?

  10. TFBuckFutter says: Jul 19, 2010 4:48 PM

    The only “right direction” for the Raiders is backwards (or at the very least, standing still).
    If their fans are intolerable when the team is completely and utterly irrelevant, just imagine how bad they’d be if the team actually won 6 games (Which may actually happen this year. They always say the eighth time’s a charm).

  11. RaiderClay says: Jul 19, 2010 4:49 PM

    superbowl 2010. Raiders / Vikings – it’s going to be good.

  12. 420fan says: Jul 19, 2010 4:55 PM

    Florio=Hater! Daily dose of Raider Hate

  13. Lumpymilk4u says: Jul 19, 2010 5:00 PM

    Ted Ginn Jr., Johnny Lee Higgins, and now Jacoby Ford? These will be the three fastest guys to get to the endzone without a football in hand.

  14. raidertg says: Jul 19, 2010 5:03 PM

    WOW, no dig again from PFT. Could it be that the tide is turning for the Silver and Black. It is going to be a good year.

  15. WingT says: Jul 19, 2010 5:07 PM

    Al “just win baby” Davis does it again.
    This is the year of the Raiders….or not

  16. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Jul 19, 2010 5:08 PM

    So, besides Jacoby Ford and Wrongway-Bey, who is their quarterback savior supposed to throw the ball to?

  17. Raiders757 says: Jul 19, 2010 5:08 PM

    I just don’t get why you can’t report this, and keep your biased sarcasm to yourself for a change. At least try to be halfway professional for a change.
    …and for a few of you other morons. Yes, having a really fast player does still help in this day and age despite what your little pea brains like to think. Ford is being brought in to help with the return game, which suffered a bit last season, so get over yourselves.

  18. AbeFreshly says: Jul 19, 2010 5:11 PM

    “Play fake. Plunkett back. Throwing. Way up the field. Branch plenty of room. Makes the catch at the 35! The 50. the 40. The 30. He’s going all the way! 99 yards. Touchdowwwwwwwnnnn RAIIDDDERRRRRRRRSSSSS!”
    I knocked a lamp over by accident, as I jumped up & down at the sight of Cliff flying to the endzone. It was my GF’s favorite lamp. Her grandmother gave it to her. She freaked on me. lol.

  19. IanH says: Jul 19, 2010 5:11 PM

    I thought they were going after Usain Bolt.

  20. cryptkeeper's@thehelm says: Jul 19, 2010 5:15 PM

    I love all the hate! Bring it. When things get turned around, (and they will) the sweet taste of winning will be that much more enjoyable!

  21. Los_Raiders says: Jul 19, 2010 5:17 PM

    It’s no secret Florio is a member of the RAIDER HATERS… But it’s fine with me, I love how they hate even when the team is down… Just imagine how much they’ll hate when the Raiders surprise everyone this year… >=-)

  22. joetoronto says: Jul 19, 2010 5:17 PM

    If he’s half as good as Branch, we’re all set.

  23. Sow Crates says: Jul 19, 2010 5:19 PM

    the 40 yard dash is one of the most subjective measurements of speed.
    -If it’s hand-timed at the finish: For a hand-timed 100 meter dash in track and field, you add .29 seconds.
    -The starter responds to the runner moving instead of the runner moving to the starter’s signal, which adds an estimated .24 seconds.
    Darrelle Green ran a “4.09” 40 dash, but his best college 100 was 10.09. Whenever a professional track athlete of the 100 meter dash (somewhere faster than 9.95…and that .15 is a HUGE difference in any 100 meter dash) runs a 40 yard dash according to TRACK methods of timing, the fastest times you’ll see are in the 4.4’s.

  24. John El Way says: Jul 19, 2010 5:20 PM

    If the NFL was Track and Field, the Raiders would be awesome. Keep on sucking it Jokeland!

  25. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Jul 19, 2010 5:20 PM

    We’re getting closer to our 4th Lombardi.

  26. JSpicoli says: Jul 19, 2010 5:22 PM

    Ted Ginn is a niner. To the cluedead brainless idiot.

  27. Blackbeard says: Jul 19, 2010 5:25 PM

    Love to find a WR as good as Branch…he should be in the Hall of Fame….

  28. bigrig says: Jul 19, 2010 5:26 PM

    4.2 feet.
    10.0 flat hands

  29. JSpicoli says: Jul 19, 2010 5:27 PM

    And btw, Branch was an Al Davis project that played one year of football in college and dropped everything his rookie year in the NFL, and now belongs in the HOF.
    Hang out a couple years you DHB haters.

  30. raiderchristian11 says: Jul 19, 2010 5:28 PM

    I SAY WITH THE DRAFT WE HAD AND RESIGNING OUR OWN PLAYERS AND ADDING SOME PLAYERS FROM FREE AGENCY AND THE TRADES WE HAVE MADE OUR RAIDERS WILL WIN THE AFC WEST AND AS FOR THE HATERS THE RAIDERS ARE BACK

  31. bigrig says: Jul 19, 2010 5:32 PM

    @cryptkeeper
    When things get turned around [and they will]…….
    Yeah, Al can’t live forever.

  32. KoolKell says: Jul 19, 2010 5:36 PM

    Yet the greatest Raider WR of all time is Freddy B. Famous for actually catching the ball.
    What an idea.

  33. raiderrob21 says: Jul 19, 2010 5:39 PM

    The rebuilding to GREATNESS continues!
    RAIDER NATION BABY!

  34. Jawnie says: Jul 19, 2010 5:44 PM

    Um, Jacoby Ford can actually catch the football. Nd the Raiders also have Louis Murphy nd Chaz Schilens to throw the ball to. I think they’re pretty set at the WR spot. I think they signed Jacoby as a special teams guy, not to be a main receiver anyways.

  35. tango says: Jul 19, 2010 5:58 PM

    Poor Jacoby ! Even if he is good, he will be a joke because Dead Al endorseses him. If he does well Al sings his own praise and if he fails, well that will be somebody elses fault !

  36. John El Way says: Jul 19, 2010 6:00 PM

    You can’t polish a turd!

  37. Joshsports60 says: Jul 19, 2010 6:01 PM

    While Ford has his faults, he’s getting a bad rap just because he was drafted as a speed guy. But he actually has good production. He caught 55 passes in 09 for 779 yards. If you ask me, the Raiders have a pretty good receiving core with Schilens, Murphy, DHB (if he can build on OTAs), and Ford. Plus, if Higgins can return better after a putrid 2009, this is one of the leagues better cores. But, things have got to be proven on the field. But there’s HUGE potential.

  38. Philthylush says: Jul 19, 2010 6:17 PM

    what? a 4th round signing gets a post? Retarded…kind of like that guest host job you did today on DP.

  39. bigrig says: Jul 19, 2010 6:26 PM

    Same rhetoric that gets spewed every off-season by the silver and blackout crowd.
    Jamarcus? Wow what a cannon! McFadden? The next Marcus Allen. DHB? Fastest guy in the draft.
    Rober Gallery, mediocre. Larry Brown, Gibril Wilson, Warren Sapp, Kwame Harris, Tommy Kelly, etc, etc.
    The list of guys that can’t play having big money thrown at them grows every year. When the Raiders finally get back to mediocrity, then the rest of the NFL will pay attention.
    Until then, you guys are just showing up at the party handed. The only thing that changes is the date on the calendar.

  40. 909RaiderLifer says: Jul 19, 2010 6:41 PM

    Damn right Branch should be in the HOF! As should Hayes, Stabler, Plunkett, Guy, and Coach Flores….
    @ John El Way….Are you upset because mommy didn’t get you to the mall in time, to get a Timothy Richard jersey…..

  41. tatum32 says: Jul 19, 2010 6:42 PM

    dabarber says: July 19, 2010 4:43 PM
    Al Davis is such an idiot. Having a “fast” guy in the 70’s was an advantage.
    But nowadays everybody is “fast.”
    ===================================
    Is everybody Chris Johnson?
    Is everybody Devin Hester?
    Is everybody Johnnie Knox?
    dismissed. He’s an idiot with three rings…a lot of “smart” guys have NONE.

  42. John El Way says: Jul 19, 2010 7:11 PM

    @909RaiderLifer
    How is it humanly possible to be upset when we have the Raider nation to laugh at every season. Then again i don’t expect you to understand. High I.Q.s and Raider fans don’t mix. Unlike your mom, and crack.

  43. 1nationraidernation says: Jul 19, 2010 7:28 PM

    @ John El Way
    Right back at ya, gotta love we have the mules in our division, a bunch of jackasses

  44. raidertg says: Jul 19, 2010 7:48 PM

    @John El Way
    All this talk is coming from a guy who’s team pulled the biggest choke move in years

  45. Shanahan's Rat Teeth says: Jul 19, 2010 7:49 PM

    bigrig:
    1. Jamarcus Russell- Was a consensus top 3 pick. Most Raiders fans gave up on him long ago, despite the popular media theory that he could be a good QB somewhere else. As it turns out, that somewhere else better make sure to padlock the cafeteria and medicine cabinets.
    2. Darren McFadden- It wasn’t only Raiders fans who had this guy pegged as a star. This is a make or break year, but I think the expectations were high for this guy across the borad, not just in Oakland.
    3. DHB- Even most Raiders fans felt this pick was a reach, but labeling him a bust after 1 season is ridiculous. Let’s see what this guy can do in his 2nd year.
    4. Calling Robert Gallery mediocre makes it apparent that you’re the one spewing the same rhetoric, because if you actually watched him play since 2007, you would know Gallery has turned out to be a very good guard.
    5. Larry Brown- You’re right on this one, but why not Javon Walker?
    6. Gibril Wilson- Bad signing, but was cut after 1 season and offered another big contract by Miami, who cut him after 1 year. Why not go bother Dolphins fans?
    7. Warren Sapp- Wasn’t a terrible signing, but it didn’t end well.
    8. Kwame Harris- Signed for one year and was terrible. Not a huge investment; essentially swapped Barry Sims (who struggled nearly as much) for Harris and gave him a shot. He was given a lot more money by the team that drafted him…
    9. Tommy Kelly- For some reason, Kelly is criticized a lot more than what his play warrants. A very good player who is making too much $, which is pretty standard across the NFL. Terdell Sands is a way better example.

  46. raiderfansteve says: Jul 19, 2010 7:52 PM

    Nate, how about the rookie WR who had over 500 yards last year with the worst QB in the NFL? Louis Murphy is a very good young WR, and Chaz Schilens has always had injury problems, but if he can stay healthy he’s easily the best WR on the team. Those are the two best WRs on the Raiders team, just because you’ve heard about Bey (who supposedly is MILES better and ready for his second year) and now Ford doesn’t mean they’re the only guys on the team.
    Ford isn’t going to start, he’s expected to be a kick returner and punt returner this year, and if he can get his route running and everything right then in the future he’ll be a WR…
    And finally, if people are trying to take shots at the Raiders WRs and how they’re not great, don’t forget their TE who IS great, Zach Miller should have a 1,000 yard season and fight for a pro bowl if he can stay healthy… This isn’t the Raiders of the past, they’re going to be a different team and should be at least 8-8 this year, whether all the haters want to hear it or not.

  47. FumbleNuts says: Jul 19, 2010 8:13 PM

    “Ford was once clocked at 4.126 seconds in the 40-yard dash.”
    If the Raiders have ANY creativity, they will light off the “wildcat” plays with this guy. He should be fun to watch!

  48. skyleralan says: Jul 19, 2010 9:33 PM

    Shannahan’s Rat Teeth, you took the words right out of my mouth.
    Well posted.

  49. BrokenBallz says: Jul 20, 2010 2:19 PM

    Lots of decent posts in here today, and I so love it when the haters spew forth. It’s nice to know they still exist. Meanwhile, some of Raider Nation should take a word of caution. First of all, note my username and how it has applied correctly since the famous “Chuckie Bowl” some years ago (yes, being that I’m a Raider fan living in Denver having to co-exist with Donks fans, you see how it applies) Whatever curse/general malaise/lack of intellect re: Raiders ownership/mgmt has befallen us since the dark days appears to be going away, yet our recent history has us beaten down still. Only winning and rational decision making is all we have left to restore Raider Nation back to where we belong. Until then, chill, and have plenty of crow recipes handy when we are disappointed, and it will happen, but hopefully not in my lifetime. I love my Raiders, but still hold my expectations down. I think an 8-8 season would be a helluva improvement, and upwards from there.

  50. Mark L says: Jul 24, 2010 8:44 PM

    The three time winning super bowl champion Oakland Raiders are going to open the eyes of all the haters, ESPN this year and win their divison. Solid defense and upgrade at QB along with rookies will make an inpact.

  51. Mark L says: Jul 24, 2010 8:49 PM

    Raiders at SD will be the showcase of how far the raiders have come in developing players and getting back to domination of the leauge.

  52. Mark L says: Jul 24, 2010 9:00 PM

    These haters don’t seem to understand football and its utterly ridiculuos for true football fans to read such nonsense about a team that is well repected among football historians

  53. Phalseinfo says: Jul 27, 2010 12:17 AM

    History does, and can repeat itself. The Raiders were once the most feared. Don’t be so shocked if that comes full circle. The Excellence is back in the air in the “O”….. That Tatum Feeling is lurking, the plastic shall be laid by the “D” and the fear will be installed once again to the league… It is Written!!! Toouchdooowwwnnnnnn Rrrrraaaaaidderrrsssssss!!!!!

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