Jimmie Ward
Jimmie Ward
27-Year-Old SafetyS
San Francisco 49ers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Ward has become known for his inability to stay on the field, fully completing just one of his four seasons in San Francisco. While his health has hurt his career early on, the 49ers' inability to stick to a plan with the 26-year-old has probably stunted his development as well. Drafted as a safety out of college, Ward was quickly shifted to a cornerback, then moved to the nickel, then back to free safety last season, and now the 49ers have said they are considering giving him reps at corner again. The team restocked its defensive back depth through the draft and free agency this offseason, but Ward figures to have a starting job somewhere in this secondary. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the 49ers in March of 2019.
Re-signs on one-year pact
SSan Francisco 49ers
March 13, 2019
Ward agreed to re-sign with the 49ers on Wednesday on a one-year contract, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
ANALYSIS
Ward notched 24 tackles and one forced fumble across nine games with the 49ers in 2018 before suffering a season-ending broken forearm. The 27-year-old will compete for a starting role at safety during the offseason and training camp.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jimmie Ward's measurables compare to other safeties?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
193 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.59 sec
 
Bench Press
9 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A first-round pick out of Northern Illinois, Ward is a former beloved prospect whose high expectations haven't been met early in his career, though position changes and injury can perhaps be blamed to a considerable extent. Ward played quite a bit of cornerback to this point in his four-year career, limiting his career high in tackles to 57. But Ward is expected to focus on free safety this year, a position he proved dominant at in college. Playing free safety might limit Ward's tackle upside somewhat, but this is a player who intercepted 10 passes in his last two years of college.
Yet another 49ers defender who stands to benefit from the Chip Kelly bump, Ward is a former first-round pick at safety who has yet to stand out in the NFL, but probably has the tools to finally do it in 2016. He'll likely start at corner for San Francisco while moving into the slot in nickel formations, which will give him the chance to defend the run more often than a purely outside corner. Still, Ward is a boom-or-bust IDP consideration due to the speculative nature of his exact role.
Ward was in-and-out of the lineup in 2014, missing eight games due to quad and foot issues. Despite being drafted as a safety, the 49ers used Ward as their nickelback against three-and-four receiver sets. His size (5-foot-10, 193 pounds) was one of the main reasons San Francisco used him at corner rather than safety, and he will likely resume that role in 2015.
Ward was the 49ers' first round pick in 2014, and he figures to line up in three-safety sets and also as a nickel cornerback. While he is undersized (5-10), Ward provides excellent agility and closing speed. He is still recovering from foot surgery this off-season, but he should be ready by the time training camp begins.
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Moves to injured reserve
SSan Francisco 49ers
Forearm
November 27, 2018
Ward (forearm) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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Done for the season
SSan Francisco 49ers
Forearm
November 25, 2018
Ward (forearm) will miss the remainder of the 2018 season due to a broken forearm, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Suffers broken forearm
SSan Francisco 49ers
Forearm
November 25, 2018
Ward (forearm) suffered a broken forearm during Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Downgraded to out
SSan Francisco 49ers
Forearm
November 25, 2018
Ward (forearm) will not return to Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
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Injures forearm
SSan Francisco 49ers
November 25, 2018
Ward is questionable to return to Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers with a forearm injury, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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