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T.J. Ward

30-Year-Old Safety – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2017 Defensive Stats

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2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Ward is coming off his most productive season with the Broncos, tallying 87 tackles, three forced fumbles, eight passes defended, a sack, and a pick in 2016. Ward in many ways was a forbearer to the n...

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2017 ADP:  307.9

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  1

STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Hip
HT: 5' 10"   WT: 200   DOB: 12/12/1986
College: Oregon  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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T.J. Ward Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $3.87 million contract with the Buccaneers in September of 2017.

September 24, 2017  –  T.J. Ward News

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Ward suffered a hip/quad injury during Sunday's game against the Vikings, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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T.J. Ward NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 22 CFB 8 - - - - 1 0 - - - - - -
2010 23 CLE 16 105 80 25 0 10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2011 24 CLE 8 38 27 11 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2012 25 CLE 14 68 50 18 1 4 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
2013 26 CLE 16 112 75 37 1.5 6 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
2014 27 DEN 15 74 60 14 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 28 DEN 12 61 50 11 2 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2016 29 DEN 14 87 69 18 1 8 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0
2017 30 TB 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

T.J. Ward – Playing Time Overview

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#2 Free Safety

Snap Count Stats

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Defensive Snaps in 2017

T.J. Ward was on the field for 28 of his team's snaps on defense in 2017.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2017

T.J. Ward was on the field for 5 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2017.

Year Def ST
2015 703 33
2016 989 0
2017 28 5
T.J. Ward 2017 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 FREE AGENT Free Agent
2 Chi 28 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 @Min 0 0 6 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 NYG
5 NE
6 @Ari
7 @Buf
8 Car
9 @NO
10 NYJ
11 @Mia
12 @Atl
13 @GB
14 Det
15 Atl
16 @Car
17 NO

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for T.J. Ward
As Compared To Other Safeties
Height:   5' 10"
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Weight:   200 lbs
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40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
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Arm Length
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Hand Length
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Vertical Jump:   34 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   121 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   19 reps
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T.J. Ward: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Ward is signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the Buccaneers, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

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The Broncos released Ward on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Denver has been in trade talks about Ward, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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Ward (hamstring) was deemed healthy Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver reports.

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Ward (hamstring) won't travel with the team for Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers in San Francisco, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

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Ward (hamstring) has been declared out of Thursday's game in Chicago, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

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Ward exited Friday's practice with a hamstring injury, Nick Kosmider of The Denver Post reports. "We're not sure how serious or how mild," head coach Vance Joseph said. "He's being checked out by the doctor right now."

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Ward (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the Raiders.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

In merely 12 games last season, Ward posted 61 tackles and failed to intercept a pass, marking his lowest statistical totals since his eight-game 2011 campaign. The Broncos often used multiple safeties in nickel and dime situations last year – usually bumping Ward down into a safety/linebacker hybrid. The strengths of the team could push Ward into a similar role again in 2016, particularly with inside linebacker Danny Trevathan now in Chicago and third-round pick Justin Simmons being groomed to help Darian Stewart patrol the deep part of the field. Such a role makes Ward a vital cog in Denver's defense on the field, but might render him a jack-of-all-trades, but master of none from a fantasy perspective.

2015

Ward joined the Broncos last season after a career-year in 2013 with the Browns, but he failed to live up to his 112-tackle level of that season despite playing only one fewer game. He had 74 total tackles last season, never once hitting double-digits. He did pick off two passes and record two sacks (the latter a career-high), but he makes his fantasy living on tackles and he’ll have to get back to the triple-digit mark to make himself relevant in most IDP leagues. Unfortunately, the Broncos’ linebackers are very solid tacklers, leaving little room for Ward to step in and grab some for himself.

2014

Ward saved his best season for the last year of his rookie contract in Cleveland, staying healthy for the first time in three years and piling up 112 tackles (75 solo), 1.5 sacks and two interceptions, scoring one touchdown off an interception and scoring another on a fumble recovery. Cleveland was unable or unwilling to re-sign Ward in free agency, allowing him to bolt for the Broncos, where he will step in as starter alongside Rahim Moore. With two seasons of triple-digit tackles in his four-year career, there's reason to believe Ward can make it to 100 tackles again this year. Denver played the 10th-most snaps last year on defense last year (1,074), and Ward should see plenty of tackle opportunities since opponents will need to throw often if they hope to keep up with Peyton Manning. The only worry with Ward is his durability – he missed eight games in 2011 and two in 2012.

2013

Ward was a hit as a rookie in 2010, finishing with 105 tackles and two interceptions, but he has just 106 tackles since then, largely due to missing 10 games between 2011 and 2012. While he'll always be an injury worry, Ward should be in position to make more plays than in the past because the Browns should have a good pass rush with Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, Paul Kruger, Ahtyba Rubin, Desmond Bryant and Phil Taylor in the front seven.

2012

Ward was one of the most disappointing IDPs last year, though his decline was mostly due a season-derailing foot injury rather than poor play. He was a big deal in his 2010 rookie season, finishing with 123 tackles (95 solo) and two interceptions, but he totaled just 39 stops (28 solo) and no interceptions in eight games in 2011. He should be considered a decent DB pick heading into 2012 given that he had the offseason and the final eight weeks of last year to recover. But he had injury issues in college and tends to play more recklessly than a player with his build probably should – he plays like a strong safety but looks more like a cornerback at 5-10, 200, so he opens himself up to a fair amount of punishment.

2011

Many wrote off Ward as a reach when the Browns took him 38th overall a year ago, but his play quickly cast doubt on such sentiments. He finished his rookie year as a 16-game starter, accumulating 123 tackles (95 solo), 10 passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Although he turns and runs in coverage better than some cornerbacks, Ward’s highly aggressive and somewhat reckless style of play is in the mold of an enforcer rather than a center fielder. Despite his free safety positional technicality, Ward is clearly the sort who would rather deal a big hit than sit back in a deep zone. Unfortunately, that sort of mentality could ultimately make him an injury risk. In the meantime, expect Ward to make another run at the triple-digit tackle mark.

2010

The 38th overall selection in the 2010 draft, Ward might be the best IDP option among this year’s crop of rookie DBs. He’s considered to be an excellent hitter but has cornerback speed. And he landed with Cleveland — a team that’s perilously thin in the backfield. It’s not hard to imagine Eric Mangini using Ward both in coverage and run support and on the blitz, much as he used Kerry Rhodes with the Jets.