24-Year-Old Safety – San Francisco 49ers
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Yet another 49ers defender who stands to benefit from the Chip Kelly bump, Ward is a former first-round pick at safety who has yet to stand out in the NFL, but probably has the tools to finally do it ...
Jimmie Ward Contract Information:
Signed a four-year contract worth $7.112 million with the 49ers in May of 2014.
Ward has been lining up at outside corner with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.
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Jimmie Ward: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ward, the 30th overall pick in May's draft, mostly worked as a slot cornerback in the 49ers' nickel defense, though he's sometimes listed as a safety. He finishes his rookie season with just 20 tackles (19 solo) and two passes defensed, but he mostly held up well in a difficult role. It will be interesting to see how the 49ers use Ward next season, assuming he makes a full recovery. For the rest of this season, Tramaine Brock and Dontae Johnson are the leading candidates to take on expanded roles.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ward was forced to exit Monday's game and did not return following his injury. At the moment, the severity of his calf ailment is unclear, although his absence resulted in Perrish Cox filling the 49ers' nickel cornerback slot Monday, leading to fellow rookie Dontae Johnson claiming Cox's original outside corner position. Johnson finished the game with four tackles (three solo) and a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown. Should Ward miss time, Johnson would figure to assume an expanded role, as Tramaine Brock (toe) continues to be sidelined.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)It was initially reported that Ward suffered a concussion against the Cowboys last Sunday, but a statement issued by his agent confirmed that he did not. Both starting corners Tramaine Brock (ankle) and Chris Culliver (concussion) sustained injuries last week, so Ward's role could be expanded if either is forced to miss Sunday's game against the Bears.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ward was in-and-out of the lineup in 2014, missing eight games due to quad and foot issues. Despite being drafted as a safety, the 49ers used Ward as their nickelback against three-and-four receiver sets. His size (5-foot-10, 193 pounds) was one of the main reasons San Francisco used him at corner rather than safety, and he will likely resume that role in 2015.
Ward was the 49ers' first round pick in 2014, and he figures to line up in three-safety sets and also as a nickel cornerback. While he is undersized (5-10), Ward provides excellent agility and closing speed. He is still recovering from foot surgery this off-season, but he should be ready by the time training camp begins.