Greg Ward looks to play an important role this year in the Eagles offense, as Doug Pederson has announced that “he’s in the starting mix” of receivers.
For the past few summers, the former college quarterback had been fighting for a spot on the practice squad. Now has seemingly made it as a starting wide receiver in the NFL, and it sounds like he will be a factor in the 2020 Eagles offense.
Last year, their spread of wide receivers on paper was their best line-up they had in a while. But unfortunately, injuries got the best of most of them before the end of the season and the Eagles had to rely on some of their practice squad members like Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis. Back in December, he made a game-winning (and season-saving) touchdown catch against the Redskins, and he hopes to show us what he’s got in a full season with tons of snaps.
Ward has been receiving much-needed praise this week by the coaching staff. New wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead believes his confidence grew due to his amazing performance late in the 2019 season. Moorehead has even gone on to say that he is THE leader of the locker room, which is funny considering who he shares it with (DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery). Ward is one of those players that never gave up on his dreams, and it will be interesting to see what he can add to the Eagles from the slot this season.