Ravens sign defensive tackle Jihad Ward

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The Ravens filled the roster spot they opened earlier in the day when they placed safety Tony Jefferson on injured reserve.

The team announced the signing of defensive tackle Jihad Ward, one of six players the Ravens worked out Monday.

Ward played three games with the Colts this season before Indianapolis waived him last week.

The Raiders made him a second-round choice in 2016, and he played all 16 games as a rookie with 13 starts. Ward played only five games in 2017 after toe surgery.

Oakland traded him to the Cowboys in 2018, but he didn’t make the Raiders’ roster.

The Colts signed him to the practice squad last year, and he finished the 2018 season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

Ward, 25, has 36 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in 27 career NFL games.

He will join Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, Daylon Mack, Zach Sieler and Patrick Ricard in the rotation.

5 responses to “Ravens sign defensive tackle Jihad Ward

  1. Sounds like he has injury issues. Not exactly what we need right now. Hope he can stay healthy

  2. The Ravens missed on the last few drafts when it comes to defensive talent. Outside of Marlon Humphrey, who is playing out of his mind right now, there are no studs on defense. Tim williams and Tyus Bowser are too small to take on big strong tackles. Tim Williams was a wasted pick as he was released last week. Hopefully, Bowser improves in the next couple of weeks or he will get cut too.
    Judon was pleasant surprise that is being developed by the coaching staff. He will get paid next year. I also believe Jaylon Ferguson will start to get more snaps as he has no choice but to get better quickly. He needs to be a complete outside linebacker to see more snaps in the Ravens 3-4 defense. I hope they can at least use him on obvious passing downs for now…The Ravens need all the help they can get.
    I am also surprised that the DC doesn’t blitz more often, especially with rookie or 2nd year quarterbacks i.e Rudolph Mason, Devlin Hodges and even Baker Mayfield. I do still have faith the Baltimore Ravens defense that it will live up to its proud reputation and tighten up for a playoff run.

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