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2023 Defensive

Total Tackles
Forced Fumbles
Interceptions Returned For Touchdown
Regular Season 24 5.0 1 0 0

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  • Vikings' Jihad Ward: Finds new home

    Ward agreed to a contract with the Vikings on Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Ward has spent the last two seasons with the Giants and is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he recorded 24 tackles and a career-high five sacks in 17 games. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 287 pounds, Ward has experience at both defensive end and outside linebacker. He'll likely serve as a rotational pass rusher for Minnesota in 2024.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Tallies career-high sack total

    Ward finished the 2023 campaign with 24 tackles (16 solo), including 5.0 sacks, over 17 contests.

    For the third straight year, Ward played in every regular-season game, and he logged 59 percent of New York's defensive snaps over the course of the campaign. The veteran outside linebacker didn't notch a sack over the season's first 10 contests but came on strong to rack up 5.0 sacks over the Giants' final seven games to finish with a career-high mark in that category. Ward is slated to be a free agent in the offseason, and with New York lacking other pass-rushing options (only Kayvon Thibodeaux had more for the team than Ward last year), there's a chance the late-season surge could convince the organization to bring him back if the price is reasonable.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Emerges with best game of season

    Ward finished Sunday's 10-7 Week 12 win over the Patriots with five tackles (two solo), including 1.5 sacks.

    Ward posted his highest tackle total of the campaign in the victory -- prior to Sunday, he hadn't tallied more than three stops in a contest. The veteran didn't record any sacks over his first 11 games, but he's now registered 2.5 over the past two weeks, including his 1.5 sacks Sunday. The recent surge has pushed Ward to within a half-sack of tying his career-high mark of 3.0 sacks in a campaign.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Staying in NY

    Ward re-signed with the Giants on Thursday.

    Ward will remain with Big Blue after playing with the Giants in 2022. He tied his career high with three sacks last season while adding a career-best 43 tackles.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Good to go

    Ward (concussion) has been cleared to play in Sunday's contest against the Commanders, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

    Ward figures to play his usual workload assuming he avoids any setbacks. He could potentially see a bigger role if Leonard Williams (neck) does not get the green light.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Iffy for Sunday

    Ward (concussion) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against Washington.

    Ward didn't practice Wednesday due to a concussion, returned as a limited participant Thursday and logged a full session Friday, but he still drew a questionable tag for Sunday's divisional matchup. Leonard Williams (neck) is also listed as questionable, so the Giants' defensive line may be shorthanded against Washington.

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  • Giants' Jihad Ward: Lands in concussion protocol

    Coach Brian Daboll said Wednesday that Ward is in concussion protocol, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

    Ward played 36 total snaps (28 defensive) during the team's Week 14 loss to Philadelphia, but he appears to have suffered a concussion during the contest and won't practice Wednesday. The rotational defensive end will have two more opportunities to practice before the Giants need to a make a decision on his status for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Commanders.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 287 lbs
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Age: 30
School: Illinois
Experience: 9