Jacoby Ford has so much potential. Realizing it has been another matter.

We hear a lot about 2010, when he scored three touchdowns as a kickoff returner and two more a receiver. Those were the good old days, when Raider Nation swooned.

It seems so long ago now, when you're watching a No. 4 receiver clawing to make an impact. Foot injuries robbed most of two seasons, including Dennis Allen’s first as head coach.

Ford has to find sure footing with a new coaching staff and new quarterback Terrelle Pryor in order to demand the reverie bestowed by a fan base living in the past.

The best news has come from eight weeks off the injury report, a time when Ford should’ve a strong impression on a coaching staff that only knows him on film.