Greg Ward

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #84
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #84

Greg Ward News

Returning to Philadelphia

Ward agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles on Tuesday, Zach Berman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ward finished the 2021 campaign with seven catches on 11 targets for 95 yards and three touchdowns across 17 games. The wideout aggravated a back injury during the Eagles' wild-card loss to the Buccaneers, but he's expected to be good to go for the 2022 campaign.

Mar 15, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Catches three touchdowns in 2021

Ward (back) finished the 2021 campaign with seven catches on 11 targets for 95 yards and three touchdowns across 17 appearances.

Analysis: Ward was active for every game, but his production was spread out. He never saw more than three targets in a game and only recorded multiple targets on four occasions. His scoring production draws some intrigue though. He scored three touchdowns on six red-zone targets -- including three looks from inside the five. He's set to be a free agent this season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him return to the team he's spent his entire three-year career with.

Jan 31, 2022 11:23 AM EST

Won't return Sunday

Ward (back) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Ward was limited during Wednesday's practice due to a back issue, and it appears he aggravated it during Sunday's game. He wasn't targeted in the passing attack, so his absence is unlikely to change the Eagles' offensive game plan.

Jan 16, 2022 1:05 PM EST

Gets full reps Thursday

Ward (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: The Eagles capped Ward's reps Wednesday while he managed the back injury, but his ability to practice fully Thursday suggests he'll be ready to go for Sunday's wild-card game in Tampa Bay. Ward is coming off a two-catch Week 18 outing in which he played a season-high 57 percent of the snaps in the Eagles' blowout loss to the Cowboys, but that was mostly a byproduct of head coach Nick Sirianni deliberately resting fellow receivers DeVonta Smith and Quez Watkins for most of the second half of the regular-season finale. As such, Ward will likely be in line for a steep drop in playing time for the playoff opener.

Jan 13, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Catches both targets in victory

Ward caught each of his two targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Football Team.

Analysis: Ward made just one catch in the first half, but his 27-yarder on the opening drive of the third set up Boston Scott's second touchdown just four plays later. After several weeks of single-digit snaps, the 26-year-old's playing time has trended back upwards in two of the last three weeks, as has his involvement in the offense. He could be on tap for even more work in Week 18 against the Cowboys since both teams are already assured of playoff spots and may rest their best players.

Jan 4, 2022 12:06 AM EST

Finds paydirt in win

Ward caught two of his three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Tuesday's 27-17 win over Washington.

Analysis: Ward hadn't recorded a catch since Week 4 but was suddenly a factor in this one. His 22 snaps on offense were the most he'd seen combined since Week 8.

Dec 22, 2021 11:03 PM EST

Sees highest snap count of season

Ward played a season-high 30 snaps in Sunday's win over the Lions.

Analysis: Ward saw more of the field thanks to ankle injuries to Jalen Reagor and to a lesser extent J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Reagor isn't expected to need a long time to recover, but should he miss Week 9's home matchup against the Chargers, Ward would likely get to line up as Philadelphia's third wide receiver.

Nov 3, 2021 12:15 AM EST

Targeted for first time this season

Ward caught his only target for 15 yards in Monday's 41-21 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Ward made his first appearance in the box score this season thanks to garbage time, as there were three minutes left in the game when he finally drew a look. He has yet to play more than 21 snaps in a contest this season and played just 15 in this one.

Sep 29, 2021 1:04 AM EST

Cedes starting role to Watkins

Ward is listed as the Eagles' backup slot receiver behind starter Quez Watkins on the team's unofficial depth chart ahead of Sunday's Week 1 matchup with the Falcons.

Analysis: Though he led all Philadelphia pass catchers with 53 receptions and six touchdowns in 2020, Ward finds himself without a starting role heading into Week 1 after the second-year Watkins surpassed him on the depth chart on the heels of an impressive training camp and preseason. The Eagles may have Ward rotate in with Watkins and play in four-wide formations, but it's clear the 26-year-old won't be handling the 70-plus-percent snap shares he frequently took on in 2020.

Sep 12, 2021 6:42 AM EST

Likely to make roster

As the most experienced receiver in camp, Ward is likely to make the roster, Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice reports.

Analysis: Ward has been on the Eagles' active roster for just the past two seasons, but that is enough to make him their longest-tenured receiver, especially after you factor in his experience on the team's practice squad and training camps dating back to 2017. While his 53 catches on 79 targets led the club in 2020, the former college quarterback should take a backseat to DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor this season while working out of the slot. The 26-year-old can serve as a backup kick returner as well, adding to his chances of making the squad.

Aug 17, 2021 10:23 PM EST

Inks ERFA tender

Ward signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Eagles on Monday.

Analysis: Ward is now officially under contract with the Eagles, though there was never any doubt about that after the team extended him an ERFA tender early March. He'll rejoin Philadelphia's receiving corps as a potential starter, in the mix alongside Travis Fulgham, John Hightower and Quez Watkins behind Jalen Reagor (head).

Mar 29, 2021 4:13 PM EST

Gets ERFA tender

The Eagles tendered Ward as an exclusive rights free agent Monday, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Ward can thus only negotiate with the Eagles this offseason, which makes it seem very likely that he'll stay in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old was the only wideout to start all 16 games for the team in 2020, and he finished with the best statline of his career (53-419-6). Philadelphia has already parted ways with DeSean Jackson and are expected to release Alshon Jeffrey in the near future, making it conceivable that Ward sees similar opportunities in 2021. Of course, there's always the possibility of the Eagles adding substantial pass-catching competition this offseason.

Mar 1, 2021 8:59 AM EST

Improves in second season

Ward finished the 2020 season with 53 catches on 79 targets for 419 yards and six touchdowns.

Analysis: At the beginning of the year, Ward seemed buried on the depth chart and headed for limited playing time, but by the end of it, he would be the only pass catcher on the team who played in all 16 games. If the Houston product didn't find the end zone, he didn't do much else, however, as he topped 45 yards receiving just twice all season. The 25-year-old is now an exclusive rights free agent, meaning the Eagles will keep him in 2021 as long as they offer him a contract.

Jan 14, 2021 11:49 PM EST

Targeted thrice in loss

Ward caught two of his three targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 37-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Ward has found the end zone three times over the last four weeks, but he has not produced much when held out of the end zone. The 25-year-old has topped 30 yards just once over the past six gamess while Quez Watkins has been more productive recently despite playing far fewer snaps.

Dec 28, 2020 10:32 PM EST

Finds end zone twice vs. Cardinals

Ward caught four of five targets for 15 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 33-26 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Ward didn't generate much yardage with his receptions, but he wriggled free for a pair of red zone scores to get his side back in the game in the second quarter. He generated just 20 yards on five targets in last week's win over the Saints, but his usage in the scoring areas bodes well for his lingering fantasy value, although he has the look of a rather touchdown-dependent option. Still, Ward has found the end zone six times this season and will look to add to his numbers in next Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys.

Dec 20, 2020 7:58 PM EST

Targeted five times in victory

Ward caught two of his five targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 24-21 win over New Orleans.

Analysis: Ward continues to see healthy target totals. He has at least three in all but one game this season, and at least five in all but four outings. The Houston product hasn't converted the opportunities into yardage, however, as he has topped 45 yards just twice all year.

Dec 14, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Finds end zone in defeat

Ward caught three of his five targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Ward's fourth touchdown of the season and first over his last five games was the first of Jalen Hurts' career and came in the fourth quarter. The 32-yard bomb helped get the 25-year-old to his highest yardage total since Week 3. He'll be tough to count on Week 14 against the Saints.

Dec 7, 2020 10:57 PM EST

Collects just one catch on MNF

Ward secured one of his three targets for three yards during Monday's 23-17 loss to Seattle.

Analysis: Philadelphia tight end and backs accounted for 59.5 percent of the team's target share Monday night, while there was not a single Eagles wideout to break 16 receiving yards or tally a touchdown. The past three games with both Alshon Jeffery and Jalen Reagor active, Ward has managed just 17 receiving yards per game with zero scores. Provided more ample opportunity Weeks 1 through 8, Ward accumulated 30.4 yards per game with three total touchdowns.

Dec 1, 2020 6:34 PM EST

Held to nine yards in loss

Ward caught three of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Ward has at least three catches in eight games this year but has now been held to 10 or fewer yards in two of his past three outings. He has held onto the third receiver's job so far despite the return of Alshon Jeffery, yet even prior to that, had only topped 45 yards in a game once all season. The 25-year-old will want to have a big game in a prime matchup against Seattle in Week 12 if he wants to keep earning opportunities going forward.

Nov 23, 2020 10:22 PM EST

Five catches in loss

Ward caught five of his six targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Ward has topped 40 yards just once this season, all the way back in Week 3. He does have three touchdowns on the year, but with most of the Eagles offense now healthy, there is a good chance his opportunities will only be reduced going forward.

Nov 15, 2020 10:49 PM EST

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