Since his debut last November, Greg Ward has developed into a reliable option for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Let’s rewind back to November 24th of 2019. The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks 17-9 to drop to 5-6 on the season. If there was one positive that came from that game, it was the emergence of former college quarterback turned NFL wide receiver, Greg Ward. While the Eagles offense was pretty atrocious that afternoon, Ward was able to secure six catches (seven targets) for 40 yards.
Since that game, Ward has continued to develop a nice rapport with Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz, catching 69.7 percent of the balls thrown his way.
It seems to continue to be a theme with this Eagles team; they just can not figure out the Wide Receiver position. With the inability to draft or develop talent as an organization, it is pretty amazing that the Birds have found something in Ward; and maybe even more amazing that no other teams felt it was a good move to claim Ward the multiple times he was waived by the Eagles or was positioned on the practice squad.
Ward is certainly not known as a flashy type of player, as evidenced by his 8.7 yards per reception in the NFL, but he has shown strong hands and a nice ability to run routes. He continues to find himself open, and he continues to make plays for this Eagles’ offense.
In the Eagles’ huge upset victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Mr. Reliable continued to be, well, reliable as he secured four catches (seven targets) for 38 yards. Again, the yardage isn’t anything special, but he was there when Wentz needed him most and that is what matters.
Moving forward in this weird 2020 season, I fully expect Ward to continue to be a go-to option for Wentz. Even with getting guys back healthy, he has made his case to continue to see snaps. It’s not saying much, be he has clearly surpassed a guy like J.J Arcega-Whiteside who has shown to be a complete waste of a second-round draft pick.
While he may never be one of the top options in the National Football League, Greg Ward has solidified himself as a professional-caliber wide receiver and will continue to make plays for the Philadelphia Eagles. And hey, he certainly is an easy guy to root for.