TE Chase Ford - Free Agent
|6-6, 258||Born: 7-19-1990||College: Miami (FL)||Drafted: ---|
2014 Week 4 vs ATL (4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
More of a move tight end than H-back Rhett Ellison, Ford got more of the snaps which required route running and pass-catching. Ford almost made an amazing catch along the back of the end zone when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a jump ball while under pressure, but couldn't land the catch in bounds. It was an amazing display of athleticism and vertical ability as he out-jumped the defender and snagged the ball and he was just inches from sticking the landing as well. Ford's last target was on a batted ball which sailed over his head and almost got picked off.
2014 Week 5 vs GB (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Ford made some very nice catches during the game, and was able to once again find space between defenders to get open. His first catch came on an out route during the first quarter, where he had to extend himself to make the catch, which kept him from being able to get to the first down marker. On his next catch, Ford had stayed in briefly to block and then gone out on a short route. This was similar to a play last week, though this did not involve a playaction fake. This time the defenders were dropping into coverage and the two receivers to the left side of the formation did a great job of driving the cirner and safety back out of the play. So Ford was wide open for Ponder to get him the ball, and he had plenty of time to add to his yardage total after before the defenders stopped him. His third catch was the most athletic one, as he ran a crossing route just beyond the first down marker while Ponder scrambled out of trouble. Ponder's pass was where only Ford could reach the ball and the tight end needed to dive for it. Safety Morgan Burnett did a great job getting his hand on the ball to disrupt the pass, but Ford held on to the catch even when he hit the ground.
2014 Week 6 vs DET (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Ford saw five targets this week; his third consecutive game with at least four passing game looks in Kyle Rudolph's extended absence. Ford's longest gain came in garbage time against Detroit. Earlier in the game, Ford converted a third down crossing route in addition to fighting off tight coverage on a quick hitch.
2014 Week 8 vs TB (6 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)
Ford was perfect on the day, catching all of his targets and doing a good job moving the chains with each catch. On his second catch, he made an athletic grab as Bridgewater threw the ball a little high and Ford had to extend his body into the air to make the grab. Ford did mar his otherwise perfect day when he drew a holding flag which canceled out a big reception by Matt Asiata.
2014 Week 9 vs WAS (7 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
While quarterback Teddy Bridgewater seemed to have problems connecting with most of his receivers, he and tight end Chase Ford seemed to be on the same page, hooking up five out of seven times. Ford was the recipient of Bridgewater's one touchdown pass near the end of the first half. On the play, Ford got behind the coverage on a Fly route, and Bridgewater hit him perfectly in the end zone for the score. While Kyle Rudolph has been out, the tight end position has continued to be productive because Ford has found his groove. His athleticism and size make him an ideal target for just about any situation.
2014 Week 11 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
While the stat-sheet says he was targeted twice, Chase Ford was only thrown at once--the second "target" was a pass thrown away under pressure. Ford's one catch came on a crossing route in the first quarter for four yards. Otherwise, Ford was a red herring while Bridgewater went elsewhere, a blocker or covered.
2014 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
With Kyle Rudolph back, it appears as if Ford will take a back seat to the more athletic tight end. Ford did make a really nice grab on his single target, extending his body on a high pass in traffic and hauling it in for a first down.
2014 Week 15 vs DET (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Ford had just one target, when he was running a shallow out in the first quarter. Teddy Bridgewater delivered the ball to a wide open Ford, who turned upfield and gained several extra yards.
2014 Week 16 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Ford's one catch was a big 22-yard reception where it appeared he might not have been in bounds for the catch. The ruling on the field was upheld.