Patriots Acquire WR Isaiah Ford; Ted Ginn Jr. Up Next?

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The Patriots, who have been lacking depth at the wide receiver position, made a rare trade within the division with the Miami Dolphins.  The Patriots acquired wide receiver Isaiah Ford in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft.  A move that saw the Patriots buying at the deadline when many expected them to sell. 

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The Patriots have had a need at wide receiver with Julian Edelman on Injured Reserve recovering from a knee procedure and N'Keal Harry dealing with a concussion.  The acquisition of Ford gives the Patriots more of the same on their current roster.  He is a slot receiver who has the ability to get open.  In fact, during the time that Ryan Fitzpatrick was the starter in Miami, Ford was one of his favorite targets.  Ford had 18 catches for 184 yards this season for the Dolphins. 


The Patriots are in need of capable receivers for Cam Newton to get the ball to.  This past week in the loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots had Jakobi Meyers, Isaiah Zuber, Gunner Olszewski and Damiere Byrd on the depth chart at wide receiver.  Meyers was the most productive of the group with ten targets and six receptions, hauling in 58 yards.  He has been Newton's primary target the last few weeks in each of the Patriots recent losses. 
   

The last time the Patriots and the Dolphins made a trade was back in 2007 to acquire Wes Welker.  The Pats could have signed Welker to an offer sheet because he was a restricted free agent.  Instead, Bill Belichick ended up trading his second-round pick that offseason and a seventh for Welker.  That trade heavily worked out in the Patriots favor.  The difference this time around is Tom Brady is not the quarterback working with Ford, but instead Newton.  Ford likely isn't going to become Welker, but Belichick has found diamonds in the rough before.  Byrd is a prime example of that this season. 

If Ford can be another option for Newton opposite Byrd and Meyers while Edelman is on the shelf, this should be a decent move for Belichick.  It feels from what is being reported about Ford is he is a good person that will fit in the locker room that will prepare and work hard.


There is another name on the market today, and that is former Bears wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. who was released by Chicago.  The 35-year-old wideout could provide additional depth for the Patriots as they attempt to salvage this season.  The Bears expected Ginn Jr. to be a weapon on offense, but he has failed to live up to those expectations.  He has only played in 62 snaps for the Bears while catching only three passes for 40 yards.  These aren't exactly eye popping numbers for the veteran receiver. 

The word out of Chicago is the team was unhappy with Ginn Jr. and his play and focus on the field.  Is it possible he was just unhappy with his role and his release is the best outcome?  It's possible, and the Patriots could take a flyer on Ginn Jr. and reunite him with Newton. Both Ginn Jr. and Newton played together in Carolina back in 2013 and again in 2015-2106, so there would be familiarity between the two players.

During his three years in Carolina, Ginn Jr. had 134 receptions, 2047 yards and 19 touchdowns. The difference now is Ginn Jr. would be additional depth for the Patriots and he is not going to be a top receiving target.  This would be a flyer pick-up with some upside if he can still play at a high level. 

         
The move to bring in Ford was a smart one for the Patriots because they get a player that feels like he's a New England kind of player.  He can make some plays and should see a bigger role with the Patriots while Edelman and Harry are on the shelf.  The Patriots were buyers and didn't part ways with actual draft capital to make this team better.  Newton has done well with big bodied receivers in his career and this should be a good match for the veteran quarterback. 


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