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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ward finished Sunday's 23-9 win over the Cowboys with three receptions for 10 yards on five targets.
Analysis: Though the Eagles welcomed two of their injured pass catchers in Jalen Reagor (thumb) and Dallas Goedert (lower leg/ankle) back to the lineup, their returns didn't affect Ward from a playing-time standpoint. Ward was on the field for 59 of the Eagles' 63 offensive snaps, but he couldn't take advantage of a suspect Cowboys secondary, as his 10 receiving yards were his second-fewest of the season. Ward's situation isn't likely to improve in the second half of the season, as both Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Miles Sanders (knee) could both re-enter the Eagles' pass-catching mix following the team's Week 9 bye.
Nov 2, 2020 9:03 AM EST
Ward hauled in five of six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 11 yards in the Eagles' 22-21 win over the Giants on Thursday night.
Analysis: The converted college quarterback turned in a strong effort as a possession option for Carson Wentz throughout the night, Ward checked in second in receptions and third in targets, and his three-yard scoring grab with 4:38 remaining began the comeback from a 21-10 deficit. The 25-year-old had seen his catch total dwindle from four to two between Weeks 5 and 6, so Thursday's resurgence was a welcome sight. However, depending on the statuses of Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (leg) for a Week 8 battle against the Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 1, it's possible Ward is no better than the No. 4 wideout in that contest.
Oct 22, 2020 9:59 PM EST
Ward brought in two of three targets for 19 yards in the Eagles' 30-28 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
Analysis: Ward saw both Zach Ertz (ankle), Travis Fulgham and John Hightower outpace him in targets, leaving him as a complementary option during the loss. The 25-year-old had seen at least five targets in four of his first five contests heading into Week 6, so the reduced volume, especially with the Eagles still missing multiple members of their air attack, was especially disappointing. Ward will look to bounce back in a Thursday night Week 7 battle against the Giants, but there's a chance Philadelphia gets back DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Dallas Goedert (IR-ankle) for that contest.
Oct 18, 2020 5:08 PM EST
Ward recorded four receptions on five targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Steelers.
Analysis: Ward lost several targets from recent weeks, but still managed to haul in his second touchdown of the season on an eight-yard reception with six minutes remaining in the third quarter. Otherwise, he was surpassed by Travis Fulgham, who exploded for a 10-catch performance. With DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Alshon Jeffery (foot/illness) nearing a return, Ward could be at risk of losing more targets in a Week 6 matchup against the Ravens.
Oct 11, 2020 6:44 PM EST
Ward caught four of seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 25-20 win over San Francisco.
Analysis: With the majority of the Eagles' wideout corps sidelined, Ward became Carson Wentz's favorite target. Practice squad receiver Travis Fulgham caught the lone passing touchdown of the game, but Ward was clearly the top receiver while operating out of the slot. The former quarterback has PPR appeal heading into a matchup against the Steelers on Sunday after garnering 18 targets (12 receptions) over his previous two contests.
Oct 5, 2020 12:08 AM EST
Ward was the only Eagles receiver on the 53-man roster to practice Thursday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: With DeSean Jackson (hamstring), Alshon Jeffery (foot), J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (calf), John Hightower (illness), all missing the session, the Eagles ran their offense with Ward, three practice squad players and Quez Watkins (upper body), who was just designated to return from IR on Tuesday. Even if Jackson is able to return despite not having practiced yet this week, Week 4 will still likely be another busy one for the 25-year-old Ward.
Oct 1, 2020 11:35 PM EST
Ward caught eight of a team-high 11 targets, producing 72 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 23-23 tie with the Bengals.
Analysis: Ward produced just six total catches for 36 yards between Weeks 1 and 2, but the former college quarterback is not long removed from a notable stretch of fantasy production. Starting Week 14 of last year, Ward averaged 7.5 targets per game through the conclusion of the 2019 regular season, amassing 5.3 receptions and 52.3 receiving yards per contest as the Eagles won four straight to clinch a postseason berth. With Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Jalen Reagor (thumb) inactive for Sunday and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) forced to exit partway through, Ward was granted an increased workload. That is expected to carry into Week 4 if injury woes at the position persist, as Ward prepares for a matchup against a banged-up 49ers secondary.
Sep 27, 2020 2:33 PM EST
Ward caught his lone target for five yards in Sunday's 37-19 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: After drawing seven targets in the opener, Ward saw just one look in this one, despite drawing the start. With Jalen Reagor healthy, the 25-year-old's role was due to diminish. It will likely tick back up again if there are any injuries to the rookie or DeSean Jackson, although Alshon Jeffery is likely to work his way back into the mix at some point.
Sep 20, 2020 11:28 PM EST
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