Shortly after Darian Stewart caught on with the Buccaneers, another Florida team will look at the other safety from the Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning secondary.
The Jaguars are working out T.J. Ward on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (on Twitter). Ward did not play in 2018. This marks the first known workout for the two-time Pro Bowler in well over a year.
Ward last played for the Bucs in 2017, starting five games. The Broncos released him just before the ’17 regular season, with Justin Simmons having beaten him out for a starting job. Ward, 32, has eight seasons of experience, beginning his career as a Browns starter for four seasons. He signed with the Broncos in 2014 and made the Pro Bowl that season. Over the next two years, Ward was part of the Broncos’ dominant secondaries that led the league in pass defense DVOA by wide margins.
The Jaguars, top six in pass defense DVOA over the past two seasons, released Tashaun Gipson in March. They have Ronnie Harrison set to start at one of their safety jobs and former UDFA Jarrod Wilson in place as well. Harrison graded as Pro Football Focus’ No. 72 safety last season, with Wilson receiving a better grade as a part-time contributor. Ward graded as PFF’s No. 58 safety in 2017, his production having dipped since his Denver exit. The Jags did not draft a safety this year.
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