Ward has been lining up at outside corner with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports. Last season Ward - who was drafted as a safety - was used primarily as San Francisco's nickel corner. During Tuesday's OTAs, he was spotted lining up on the outside with the team's first unit. Despite being 24-years-old, Ward is one of the more experienced defensive backs on the roster after the 49ers drafted three corners in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he were to win a starting job, his IDP value would receive a boost with increased playing time and his ability to gain out-of-position tackles.
Ward finished his sophomore campaign with 57 tackles (48 solo), a sack, and a pick. It was a tale of two seasons for the former first-round draft pick, as he recorded just three tackles through the 49ers' first four games before turning it on in the second half and capping a solid campaign with a 10-tackle performance in week 17. Ward started the year as a reserve defensive back, then became the team's nickel back, and finished the season at his natural position (safety) when Jaquiski Tartt went down to injury. It was starting to look like he was a bust, but his strong play at the end of the year opened eyes. If the rebuilding 49ers decide to cut ties with Antoine Bethea this offseason, then Ward could find himself in a starting role next season, giving him a huge boost in IDP value.
The 49ers have placed defensive back Jimmie Ward on the season-ending injured reserve list with a foot injury, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Ward sustained the injury in Week 10 against the Saints, but remained in the game. He was unable to practice all week before the team officially placed him on IR.
The 49ers have ruled Jimmie Ward (foot), Ian Williams (fibula) out for Week 11 against the Giants. Tramaine Brock (hamstring), Bruce Ellington (ankle) and Dan Skuta (ankle) were all deemed questionable. The following players were labeled probable for Sunday: Chris Borland (shoulder), Frank Gore (hip), Ray McDonald (knee), Eric Reid (ankle) and Justin Smith (rest).
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has announced that 49ers strong safety Jimmie Ward will "probably" be out for the Week 11 game against the Giants. Ward sustained the injury Sunday against New Orleans. "[We] don't expect him to play this week," Fangio said.
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