Philadelphia signed Ward to its practice squad Monday.
Analysis: Ward was set to miss the entire 2022 campaign after landing on IR at the end of August due to a toe injury, but he was waived with an injury settlement ahead of Week 1. Now that he's healthy, the 26-year-old will look to work his way back to Philadelphia's active roster via a practice-squad deal. Across his first three seasons (40 appearances), the undrafted wideout out of Houston has caught 88 passes for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Oct 24, 2022 2:47 PM EST
The Eagles waived Ward (toe) from injured reserve with an injury settlement Friday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Ward was set to miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injured reserve, but he'll now be free to join a new team once fully healthy. The 26-year-old wideout caught 81 of 119 targets for 673 yards and seven touchdowns across his first 23 appearances, but he finished 021 with just seven catches for 95 yards and three scores across 17 appearances.
Sep 9, 2022 2:56 PM EST
The Eagles have placed Ward (toe) on their injured reserve, Chris McPherson of the team's official website reports.
Analysis: Ward was originally expected to be waived with an injury settlement, but it looks like both parties were able to come to terms on one. So, he will spend the remainder of the season on the IR unless both parties ultimatley agree on one.
Aug 30, 2022 5:00 PM EST
Ward (toe) is anticipated to be cut with an injury designation by the Eagles on Monday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.
Analysis: Ward has been sidelined with a toe injury for much of this preseason, likely leading to his removal from Philadelphia's now deep corps of wideouts. The 27-year-old saw both his production (seven catches, 95 yards and three touchdowns) and playing time (234 offensive snaps) plummet in 2022 after he caught 81 passes for 673 yards and seven touchdowns over his first two seasons with the Eagles. Ward is now set to pass through waivers before shifting to injured reserve, should no team top to claim him.
Aug 29, 2022 4:53 PM EST
Ward (toe) isn't practicing Friday, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Ward's toe injury has lingered through much of August, depriving the wide receiver of valuable practice time as he competes for a spot on the Eagles' roster. He's unlikely to suit up for Sunday's preseason game in Cleveland, though Ward hasn't officially been ruled out at this point.
Aug 19, 2022 11:42 AM EST
Ward has missed the last few days of practice with a toe injury, Zach Berman of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: There hasn't been any indication that Ward's injury is a severe one, but he can't afford to lose too much time as he battles for a roster spot in camp. After catching 53 passes in 2020, he caught just seven last year, and he's been pushed further down the wideout depth chart by the arrival of A.J. Brown.
Aug 8, 2022 12:55 PM EST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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