Ward secured three of four targets for 24 yards in the Eagles' 17-9 wild-card loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Ward had been the de facto leader of the wideout group over the final three games of the regular season, securing 17 of 21 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown in the absence of Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Nelson Agholor (knee). However, Ward could do no better than third on team in receiving yardage Sunday, although the absence of Carson Wentz (concussion) from the late first quarter on very likely had a part to play in his downturn in production. On the books for just $570,000 in 2020 -- and having built some momentum with his late-season play -- Ward will head into the offseason with an eye on carving out a much bigger role next season.
Ward caught six of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants. Ward played 56 of 74 snaps on offense Sunday -- not bad for a former college quarterback who made his debut just over a month ago. The Eagles offense is a M.A.S.H. unit heading into the wild-card game against the Seahawks. Depending on the health of Zach Ertz (ribs), Nelson Agholor (knee) and Miles Sanders (ankle), Ward might end up being one of the most familiar faces Carson Wentz has to throw to as the playoffs begin. Ward's been clutch in limited opportunities, with at least four catches in five of six games this season.
Ward caught four of five targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 17-9 win over the Cowboys. He added one carry for five yards. Ward was the Eagles' most productive wide receiver for the second straight game, and he seems to be earning Carson Wentz's trust with the team poised to win the NFC East and head into the postseason. Ward could be poised for another strong effort in Week 17 against a vulnerable Giants secondary.
Ward caught seven of nine targets for 61 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 37-27 win over Washington. Ward served as the No. 1 receiver in Philadelphia during Week 15's divisional contest, with Nelson Agholor (knee) out and Alshon Jeffery (foot) on IR. The Houston product translated that opportunity into season-high numbers and the first score of his career. As long as Agholor remains sidelined, Ward figures to continue operating alongside tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert as the top three priorities in the Eagles' pass catching corps.
Ward could fill a starting role at receiver Sunday against the Redskins with Alshon Jeffery (foot) moving to injured reserve this week and Nelson Agholor (knee) listed as questionable for the contest, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Even if Ward doesn't technically start, he'll at least have a regular role in three-receiver sets alongside rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Agholor (health permitting). Considering Agholor didn't practice Wednesday through Friday, he's most likely trending toward a second straight absence, which would leave Arcega-Whiteside, Ward and practice-squad addition Robert Davis as the only available receivers on the roster. While tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert will probably rank as the top two priorities in the Eagles' passing attack, Ward has already seen a more pronounced role of late, playing at least 40 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the past three weeks while garnering 19 total targets.
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