Coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Ward is "in that starting mix" for the Eagles, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Ward was a pleasant surprise for the Eagles last December, averaging 52.4 yards, 7.5 targets and a 77 percent snap share over the final four games of the regular season. His role was born of necessity after the Philadelphia receiver group was crushed by injuries, but Ward quickly provided an argument that he should have been playing the slot ahead of Nelson Agholor all along. In any case, Agholor is now with the Raiders, and while the Eagles did add a few wideouts in the offseason, they've already seen Marquise Goodwin opt out of the 2020 campaign, while Alshon Jeffery (foot) remains on the PUP list. That leaves Ward, DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor as the favorites for snaps and targets in September, albeit with a trio of young prospects in J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower and Quez Watkins also hoping to compete. Ward's slot ability could work in his favor in terms of securing a role, but it also means he's more likely to come off the field for multi-tight end formations. Jackson and Reagor both come with more upside.
Ward's roster spot should be secure, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com.
The Eagles drafted three wide receivers and traded for Marquise Goodwin, but they lost Nelson Agholor to the Raiders and have Alshon Jeffery rehabbing from major foot surgery. While Ward isn't likely to reprise his role from the final four weeks of last season -- three-quarters of offensive snaps and 7.5 targets per game -- he could enter training camp as the team's top slot man. Even if he loses that spot, Ward's familiarity with the Philadelphia offense and ability to field punts should help him stick around on the 53-man roster.
Ward secured three of four targets for 24 yards in the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Ward had been the de facto leader of the wideout group over the final three games of the regular season, securing 17 of 21 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown in the absence of Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Nelson Agholor (knee). However, Ward could do no better than third on team in receiving yardage Sunday, although the absence of Carson Wentz (concussion) from the late first quarter on very likely had a part to play in his downturn in production. On the books for just $570,000 in 2020 -- and having built some momentum with his late-season play -- Ward will head into the offseason with an eye on carving out a much bigger role next season.
Ward caught six of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants.
Ward played 56 of 74 snaps on offense Sunday -- not bad for a former college quarterback who made his debut just over a month ago. The Eagles offense is a M.A.S.H. unit heading into the wild-card game against the Seahawks. Depending on the health of Zach Ertz (ribs), Nelson Agholor (knee) and Miles Sanders (ankle), Ward might end up being one of the most familiar faces Carson Wentz has to throw to as the playoffs begin. Ward's been clutch in limited opportunities, with at least four catches in five of six games this season.
Ward caught four of five targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys.
He added one carry for five yards. Ward was the Eagles' most productive wide receiver for the second straight game, and he seems to be earning Carson Wentz's trust with the team poised to win the NFC East and head into the postseason. Ward could be poised for another strong effort in Week 17 against a vulnerable Giants secondary.
Ward caught seven of nine targets for 61 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 37-27 win over Washington.
Ward served as the No. 1 receiver in Philadelphia during Week 15's divisional contest, with Nelson Agholor (knee) out and Alshon Jeffery (foot) on IR. The Houston product translated that opportunity into season-high numbers and the first score of his career. As long as Agholor remains sidelined, Ward figures to continue operating alongside tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as the top three priorities in the Eagles' pass catching corps.
Ward could fill a starting role at receiver Sunday against the Redskins with Alshon Jeffery (foot) moving to injured reserve this week and Nelson Agholor (knee) listed as questionable for the contest, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Even if Ward doesn't technically start, he'll at least have a regular role in three-receiver sets alongside rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Agholor (health permitting). Considering Agholor didn't practice Wednesday through Friday, he's most likely trending toward a second straight absence, which would leave Arcega-Whiteside, Ward and practice-squad addition Robert Davis as the only available receivers on the roster. While tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert will probably rank as the top two priorities in the Eagles' passing attack, Ward has already seen a more pronounced role of late, playing at least 40 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the past three weeks while garnering 19 total targets.
Ward caught four of his nine targets for 34 yards and played a season-high 77 offensive snaps in Monday night's 23-17 win over the Giants.
That Ward got so much playing time should come as no surprise considering he was one of only two healthy Eagles receivers after Alshon Jeffery left with a foot injury. Unfortunately, the former college quarterback wasn't able to do much with the second-highest target total on the team, but he was much more involved than J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who only saw three chances. With Jeffery now out for the year, Ward's role could continue to grow over the final few games of the season.
Ward caught one of his three targets for five yards in Sunday's 37-31 loss to the Dolphins.
Ward saw a drop from seven targets the previous week with a healthier Eagles receiving corps. Still, he finished third among receivers with 29 snaps, two ahead of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The Eagles have another enticing matchup on deck with the Giants in Week 14.
Ward caught six of his seven targets for 40 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
Ward caught his first NFL pass in the first quarter and would go on to see five more targets in the first half before disappearing in the second. He also handled punt returns but lost three yards on his only opportunity. If Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee) are back for Week 13, Ward will likely head back to the practice squad.
Ward is expected to see offensive snaps Sunday in the Eagles' game against the Seahawks, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
With the Eagles down their top two wide receivers in Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Nelson Agholor (knee), Jordan Matthews, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins and Ward remain as the lone healthy options at the position. Ward, who was called up from the practice squad in light of the injuries, previously made his NFL debut in Week 3, playing two offensive snaps. Though Ward's snap count should increase a little in his return to the roster, Zangaro suggests the Eagles will likely make "a ton" of use of 12 personnel (two tight ends) rather than relying heavily on a lackluster wideout corps.
Ward was promoted from the Eagles' practice squad Saturday.
Ward is expected to provide depth to an Eagles' receiving corps that sees all three of its projected starters -- Alshon Jeffery (ankle), Nelson Agholor (knee) and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) -- either on injured reserve or limited entering Sunday's Week 12 matchup.
The Eagles signed Ward to the practice squad Thursday.
Ward was waived by Philadelphia on Tuesday and now rejoins the team's practice squad. His brief stint on the active roster came with both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) injured. With Jeffery now back to full health, the Eagles are looking to add depth to the secondary, which prompted Ward's release earlier in the week.
Ward was waived by the Eagles on Tuesday.
Ward was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster ahead of Week 3, while both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) sat out with health issues. With Jeffery back in action and starting cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) now injured, the Eagles are again releasing the 24-year-old wideout in favor of adding depth to the secondary. It seems likely Philadelphia will try to slip Ward back onto the practice squad, if possible.
Ward has been promoted to the Eagles' 53-man roster.
With DeSean Jackson (abdomen) out this week and Alshon Jeffery (calf) still iffy, Ward gives the team some added wideout depth for Sunday's game against the Lions. The team's top healthy options at the position are currently Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
Ward could be promoted to the active roster since Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (abdomen) could miss Sunday's game versus the Lions, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Jackson almost certainly will sit out, while Jeffery is trending in the same direction. Without those two, the Eagles only have three healthy receivers and haven't signed anyone else. Since Ward practices with the team daily, there's a good chance he'll be signed to the active roster by Sunday.
Ward was waived by the Eagles on Saturday.
Ward has yet to appear on an active roster since going undrafted in 2017. He's been on the Eagles' practice squad in years past and may be in line for a practice squad slot in 2019 as well.
Ward has shined with his consistent play during the team's first five practices, Mike Kay of NJ.com reports.
Ward is not likely to make the team but has '"rarely let down" his quarterbacks thus far in camp, according to Kay. While the former college quarterback has gotten work at all the receiver positions, he's been effective out of the slot and could earn a spot backing up Nelson Agholor there. Still, the Eagles are unlikely to keep more than five receivers, and Mack Hollins is currently viewed as the likely winner of the last opening, with Shelton Gibson and Charles Johnson also competing with Ward for it.
Ward signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Ward accounted for 70 touchdowns in his final two seasons (2015-16) playing quarterback at the University of Houston and caught on with the Philadelphia practice squad as an undrafted rookie wideout in 2017. Released by the Eagles at the end of 2018 training camp, Ward joined the San Antonio Commanders of the now-defunct AAF, catching 22 of 40 targets for 214 yards in eight games. He'll be a long shot to stick on the 53-man roster, competing with Mack Hollins (groin), Shelton Gibson, Braxton Miller, Johnny Holton and AAF receiving leader Charles Johnson.
Ward (head) was a participant in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Ward was involved in a dangerous collision during OTAs that led to the receiver being carted off the practice field. However, Ward has since assured the media that he's fine, and his participation in team drills during minicamp all but confirms that notion. When training camp opens in late July, Ward will compete with a slew of other depth-caliber players for the No. 5 or 6 job at wideout.
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