Four questions facing Raiders: How will Jacoby Ford bounce back?

August 17, 2012, 6:41 pm
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Programming note: Chat with Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez tonight at 6:30 p.m. leading up to tonight's preseason game in Arizona!GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Raiders are still searching for their first points of the new era after being shut out, 3-0, by Dallas on Monday so yeah, you could say there are questions heading into Friday night's second exhibition, against the Arizona Cardinals. Will they be answered in the 7 p.m. game, broadcast live on KTVU Channel 2 and KICU Channel 36?
Possibly, but as the Raiders continue their drive to the season opener, the fun, really, is in process and watching it all unfold. Four questions, then, in the form of downs, facing fans and the Raiders heading into their exhibition game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Each question will be published at staggered times leading up to kickoff...First down
How will Jacoby Ford bounce back?
He's as explosive as he is diminutive and Ford had an exhibition opener to forget on Monday against Dallas. He was absolutely crushed on the opening kickoff, did not fight hard enough on an interception thrown his way, dropped a pair of passes across the middle and muffed a punt. "It's definitely not the way I wanted to come out and put anything on film like that," Ford told reporters this week. "But games like that happen and that's why you've got to have a short-term memory and put it behind you. Good thing is, it's preseason so you kind of just put that behind you now and go into the next game, work on improvements the next time." With Denarius Moore still out with that strained hamstring, Ford figures to start again at a wide receiver position, opposite Darius Heyward-Bey. Much had been made about a better chemistry between Ford and quarterback Carson Palmer, who took full responsibility for the pick, but it was seemingly nowhere to be found in the opener. Might they rekindle it in the Arizona desert?