T.J. Ward working out for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Ward, 32, spent 2018 out of football after one season in Tampa Bay following a release from the Denver Broncos. In 2017, the strong safety played in 12 games, starting five, and recorded 41 combined tackles and a tackle for loss. It was a down year by most accounts.
Before his short-lived stint with the Buccaneers, Ward enjoyed three successful seasons as a Bronco. He was an integral part to the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 winning “No Fly Zone” defense as the enforcing safety close to the line of scrimmage.
In Ward’s three years as a Bronco, he started 41 regular season games. In the process, he recorded 224 combined tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 19 pass deflections, and three interceptions. He earned a Pro Bowl in 2014, as he amassed 76 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, five pass deflections, and two interceptions on the year.
Ward got his start in the pros as a Cleveland Brown. He played four seasons as a Brown, tallying 325 combined tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 22 pass deflections, and five interceptions in 54 games played. In 2013, he earned his first Pro Bowl appearance, as he started all 16 games and compiled 112 combined tackles, nine tackles for loss, five pass deflections, and two interceptions on the year.
The Jaguars released their starting strong safety, Barry Church, late in 2018. Then, in free agency, they did the same to his running mate Tashaun Gipson, who joined the rival Houston Texans. Currently, Jacksonville is starting Ronnie Harrison at the strong side and Jarrod Wilson as the center field roamer.