27-Year-Old Safety – Denver Broncos
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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...
T.J. Ward Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with the Broncos in March 2014.
Ward had eight tackles, including a sack, during Sunday's loss at Seattle.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ward had one of the best seasons of his career as a Brown in 2013, racking up 112 combined tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. The campaign made him one of the most highly-touted free agent safeties on the market, and he wasted no time catching on with a championship-caliber team Tuesday.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.
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 Ė 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.
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, Wardís 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.
The 38th overall selection in the 2010 draft, Ward might be the best IDP option among this yearís crop of rookie DBs. Heís considered to be an excellent hitter but has cornerback speed. And he landed with Cleveland ó a team thatís perilously thin in the backfield. Itís 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.