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He’s not the biggest. And he’s not the fastest.
“It was pretty fast, but just the big guys got faster,” Ward, listed at 5 feet, 10 inches and 193 pounds, said of the session’s pace. “I’m the same speed as a lot of the skill guys out there.”
Thursday was our first look at the defensive back. But as Jim Harbaugh revealed, there were some “very good positives” for Ward in two padded practices with fellow rookies and rehabbing players in the lead-up to camp.
Ward, who missed team drills during previous offseason workouts because of a foot injury, told reporters that veteran
“I think Quinton Patton does that on purpose to get in front of a guy and make him trip up,” Ward said. “It was my first time going against him one on one, so a hard lesson learned.”
“I went up against him twice. He put a swim-move on me. He put his strength on display. I know how to play him (Friday).”
Ward said he was confident that the team’s pass-catching options, which also feature wideout
We say defensive secondary, because Ward is learning two different positions during these camp sessions. He was lined up as the nickel cornerback when he created his turnover, and he’s also trying to pick up the safety spot behind starters
“I do the cornerback drills because they help my footwork better, making everything precise and tight,” said Ward, who worked with both position groups at Northern Illinoise University. “It helps me to play tight ends and receivers.
“Until we get the pads on, then we’ll see. I think that’s when the coaches will find out what position I’m better at.”
Generating more turnovers in practice could increase his role the way that
“If I keep making plays like that,” he said of his interception, “I’ll be seen hopefully and get some playing time.
“I couldn’t participate in the OTAs, so I was trying to be a sponge and take in all the information. Finally, getting to come out here, I am trying to prove myself.”