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Jimmie Ward | Defensive Back | #25

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 193
College: Northern Illinois
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (30) / SF
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49ers DC Jim O’Neil said CB Jimmie Ward is one of their "best 11."
"We’re trying to find ways to get our best 11 on the field," O’Neil continued. "So far what he’s shown now on the practice field, I’m confident he could be out there (at cornerback)." A nickel back last season, Ward saw snaps at right corner with the first-team defense during OTAs. As it stands, he is the favorite to open the season opposite Tramaine Brock in the starting lineup. May 31 - 12:09 PM

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49ers CB Jimmie Ward played with the first team at Tuesday's OTAs.

Ward got most of his snaps at nickel back last year but Tuesday he lined up on the outside. Tramaine Brock was the Niners' other first-team cornerback with Dontae Johnson at nickel back. Ward earned PFF's 35th-highest cornerback grade out of 111 qualifiers last season.
May 17 - 9:38 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward (foot surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

Ward went down last Week 10, and missed the 49ers' entire offseason program. The No. 30 overall pick of last year's draft, Ward flashed upside as a rookie, but was continually slowed by injury. The versatile defensive back will begin the year with nickel duties, provided he's healthy.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 06:38:00 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward (foot surgery) expects to be ready for training camp.

"I should be," Ward said. "I feel good right now. Everything is coming back positive." Ward will miss all of OTAs recovering from surgery. He’s had multiple setbacks since his 2014 Jones fracture and can’t be counted on for the start of camp. Keith Reaser has been getting nickel reps in place of Ward.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 06:27:00 PM

49ers GM Trent Baalke said DB Jimmie Ward is "on track" in his recovery from foot surgery.

It's a pretty vague diagnosis. Ward missed the team's recent minicamp and at this point, there's no timetable for his return. The 23-year-old was showing signs of improvement before foot surgery ended his season in Week 10. The 2014 first-round pick is an exciting young talent but first, he'll have to get healthy.
Sat, May 2, 2015 12:17:00 AM

49ers placed CB Jimmie Ward (foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ward suffered the injury against the Saints and was already ruled out for Week 11. It's possible this could be related to the Jones fracture he had in the offseason. Ward will finish his rookie campaign with 20 tackles and two pass breakups, playing 270 snaps as the 49ers' starting nickel corner. Aldon Smith has been activated from suspension in a corresponding move.
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 03:10:00 PM

49ers slot CB Jimmie Ward (foot) has been ruled out for Week 11.

Ward, who battled a quad injury earlier this season, injured his foot against the Saints. Fellow rookie Dontae Johnson filled in when Ward missed Week 7.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 02:15:00 PM

49ers slot CB Jimmie Ward (quadriceps) is expected to miss Week 7.

The Niners have an outside chance to get RCB Tramaine Brock (toe) back against the Broncos, but will be without their first-round pick on Sunday night. Look for usual LCB Perrish Cox to play slot corner in nickel packages against Peyton Manning & Co. Rookie Dontae Johnson would then replace Cox at LCB.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 04:09:00 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward left Monday night's win over the Rams with a quad injury.

Ward suffered the injury late in the third quarter and didn't return. The 49ers gave rookie Dontae Johnson more snaps against St. Louis, and he responded with a game-ending pick six of Austin Davis.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Rookie DB Jimmie Ward solidified his hold on the 49ers' nickel corner job in the team's preseason opener.

"I thought he was doing what we saw in practice," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He is aggressive, and he was flying around. I think he's in good shape." Ward opened the game at slot corner and also got some time at safety. Fully recovered from offseason foot surgery, Ward will play a big role for the 49ers this season.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 09:50:00 AM

49ers first-round DB Jimmie Ward (foot) is healthy and ready for the start of training camp.

A fracture in Ward's foot was discovered at the Combine, and he was held out of all pre-camp activities after the team made him the 30th pick in May's draft. He can play safety and corner. Ward will battle Darryl Morris and Perrish Cox for nickel corner duties this summer, but should have no problem winning.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 10:04:00 AM

49ers first-round DB Jimmie Ward (foot surgery) will be held out of all pre-training camp activities.

Doctors discovered a Jones fracture in Ward's right foot at the Combine. He ran a 4.45 forty at Northern Illinois' March 7 Pro Day and underwent surgery four days later. The recovery timetable was 6-8 weeks, giving Ward plenty of time to heal before training camp. He'll be withheld from OTAs as a precaution.
Sun, May 25, 2014 04:32:00 PM

The 49ers plan to use first-round pick Jimmie Ward on roughly 60 percent of their defensive snaps as a rookie.

Ward isn't converting to corner full-time, though he has the skill set to do so. Initially, he'll back up Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea on early downs, and cover slot receivers in nickel packages. The Niners technically did not draft a "starter" at No. 30 overall, but Ward will play well over half of the snaps.
Fri, May 23, 2014 01:27:00 PM

49ers signed first-round S Jimmie Ward to a four-year, $7.11 million contract that includes a $3.492 million signing bonus.

Ward was primarily a safety in college but has the measurables and man-cover skills to play corner in the NFL. He will compete for slot duties in nickel packages as a rookie. Ward is recovering from foot surgery but should be ready to go for training camp.
Thu, May 22, 2014 08:16:00 PM

49ers first-round S Jimmie Ward will compete for nickel duties.

The word comes straight from coach Jim Harbaugh. It's likely where he'll end up as a rookie. Ward was a safety his final two seasons at Northern Illinois, but also manned the slot. He played corner full time as a sophomore. Standing in at 5-foot-11, 193 pounds with 4.47 wheels, Ward is not too bulky to play corner at the NFL level, and is adept in man coverage.
Fri, May 9, 2014 12:02:00 AM