Reich: UDFA WR Greg Ward Jr. has ‘exceeded expectations’
26 July 2017 Eagles News
Eagles offensive coordinator Franch Reich noted that UDFA WR Greg Ward Jr. has “far exceed expectations” as a slot WR.
Reich: undrafted rookie free agent Greg Ward has far exceeded expectations as slot WR. Reich said he has to temper own expectations now.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) July 26, 2017
The undrafted free agent wideout played QB at the University of Houston, shining as a dual-threat QB, putting up the most rushing yards (2,375) by a QB in school history and tied for the most rushing TDs (39).
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound WR has definitely flashed at Eagles training camp making a number of nice catches. While making the transition from quarterback to receiver can be a tough road for some, Ward Jr. does have experience playing the position. As a sophomore, Ward Jr. started the first five games of his sophomore year as the Cougars starting receiver before making the switch to QB, and as a freshman he played receiver and chipped in as Houston’s Punt returner.
Before the NFL Draft, Ward’s offensive coordinator and Houston HC, Major Applewhite spoke on Ward’s ability:
“He’s got great ability in open space. He has great hands. I’ve watched him after practice playing catch and he’ll stab the ball with one hand or catch the ball behind his back. Being a former point guard, he has phenomenal ball skills. He has great one-cut ability. He can stick his foot in the ground and change direction to create separation. His skills, his burst, his vision, that really separates him.”
During the predraft process, Ward Jr. also worked out with former QB-turned-WR and NFL veteran, Patrick Crayton. Crayton excelled for the Cowboys in the slot and also made a name for himself on special teams. Crayton has specifically worked with Ward on his smoother route running at the next level. Another plus for Ward Jr. is his knowledge of defenses, it also should help him on getting open, while finding the soft spots in defenses.
Looking at the Eagles roster, Ward has his work cut out for him, but with continued success in camp he could make things tough for guys like Marcus Johnson, Bryce Treggs, Shelton Gibson and Paul Turner.
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