Eagles’ Greg Ward adjusts to underthrown ball on 38-yard TD catch
Preseason NFL football is all about the underdogs or unknowns making names for themselves in the attempt to make a 53-man roster. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward is one of those helping his stock to make the team. In Thursday’s preseason matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he turned an underthrow into a 38-yard touchdown.
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His quarterback, Clayton Thorson, throwing from the shotgun, found his receiver open against what appeared to be man coverage. However, he threw short. Luckily, Ward made the proper adjustment and leaped up like he was a rebounding power forward. All he had to do was walk into the end zone after making the highlight-reel-worthy catch.
A former quarterback at the University of Houston, Ward, 24, went undrafted in 2017, then signed with the Eagles. He stayed on the team until he was in early September of 2018. He didn’t catch a pass in the regular season with the Eagles; instead, he developed as a position convert on the practice squad.
After his time with the Eagles, Ward signed on with the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. In his short time playing for the San Antonio Commanders, Ward received 40 targets and turned them into 22 receptions for 214 yards and a 2-point conversion, per No Extra Points.
Following the shutdown of the AAF, Philadelphia re-welcomed Ward with open arms. He signed a one-year deal and was one of the fastest players to sign. However, he’s far from a lock to make a receiving room loaded with talent, including Alshon Jeffery, Desean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, and rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.