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Jimmie Ward | Defensive Back | #20

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/18/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 193
College: Northern Illinois
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (30) / SF
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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said DB Jimmie Ward could serve as the backup at every spot in the secondary this season.
"That’s the type of player he is and how talented he is," Shanahan said. "If Jimmie doesn’t earn a starting role, there’s also a good chance he’s the first backup at every single position." The coach can spin it as a positive, but it would be disappointing if Ward, a former first-round pick set to earn $8.526 million this season, failed to earn a starting job. With Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert at safety and Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon on the outside, Ward's best chance at a starting job appears to be K’Waun Williams' slot-corner spot. May 29 - 9:45 AM

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49ers GM John Lynch said Jimmie Ward will spend some time at corner during the offseason program.

Ward played free safety last season, but he started his career and had a couple solid seasons at corner. More important than his position is his health. Ward is expected to be ready for the offseason program after being limited to seven games last year because of a broken forearm, but he has played just 42 games in four seasons and ended the last two on injured reserve.
Mar 26 - 9:35 AM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (forearm) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Ward landed on IR in October, missing the final eight games. Returning on a fifth-year option, he's set to make $8.5 million in the final year of his deal. The 49ers could look to extend Ward this offseason.
Jan 7 - 9:15 AM

49ers placed FS Jimmie Ward on injured reserve with a broken forearm, ending his season.

It's a huge blow to a pitiful pass defense. Ward suffered the injury in the Week 8 loss to the Eagles. Seventh-round rookie Adrian Colbert replaced Ward and figures to do so moving forward. Ward also ended last season on IR.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 07:38:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward suffered a broken forearm in the Week 8 loss to the Eagles.

We'd guess his season is over, but who knows. Carson Palmer suffered the same injury last week and was slapped with an eight-week timetable, but he hopes to be back in four weeks. Ward is at the very least looking at a multi-game absence. Seventh-round rookie Adrian Colbert replaced Ward.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 05:29:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward exited Week 8 against the Eagles with a forearm injury.

Ward left in the first quarter and was downgraded to out after undergoing X-rays, suggesting he likely has a fracture. Adrian Colbert is in the game.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 01:48:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is questionable for Week 3 against the Rams.

Ward was limited in practice on a short week. He didn't suffer any setbacks after making his debut Sunday. Ward should see an increase from his 38 Week 2 snaps.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:57:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is active for Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Ward sat out the season opener, but he was able to get in a full session Friday and is ready to go. Jaquiski Tartt will head back to the bench. San Francisco declared LB Reuben Foster (ankle), CB Ahkello Witherspoon, OL Erik Magnuson, DL Xavier Cooper, S Lorenzo Jerome, LB Pita Taumoepenu, and WR Victor Bolden Jr. inactive for Week 2.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 02:57:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is questionable for Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Ward has been practicing on a limited basis for the past two weeks after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Jaquiski Tartt would draw another start at free safety if Ward can't get the green light for Sunday.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 04:22:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) remained limited in Wednesday's practice.

Coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful he'll suit up against the Seahawks in Week 2. Jaquiski Tartt drew the start in his place last week versus Carolina.
Wed, Sep 13, 2017 05:53:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 1.

Ward got in limited practice this week, but isn't ready to return after sitting out the preseason. Jaquiski Tartt should start in Ward's place.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 04:26:00 PM

49ers activated FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring) from the active/PUP list.

He'll practice for the first time this summer on Wednesday. He's expected to play the Earl Thomas role in DC Robert Saleh's new Seahawks-style defense.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 03:36:00 PM

49ers FS Jimmie Ward (hamstring, active/PUP) is "close to 100 percent."

Ward has yet to practice, but he is progressing on schedule. The 49ers' new starting free safety could be activated off PUP ahead of the third preseason game.
Source: 49ers.com
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 06:04:00 PM

49ers DB Jimmie Ward (hamstring) could be activated off the PUP list this week.

Ward will be put through a series of tests Sunday to determine whether he's ready to practice. The fourth-year DB tweaked his hamstring in a conditioning test at the start of training camp. He's markered in as the Niners' starting free safety.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 01:10:00 PM

49ers exercised DB Jimmie Ward's fifth-year team option for 2018.

The extremely versatile defensive back has had some injury issues, so the move isn't entirely without risk for the 49ers. Option years are guaranteed for injury only. Nevertheless, Ward is a building block for a team with very few of them. The 49ers' best corner in 2016, Ward is expected to play free safety this season.
Mon, May 1, 2017 02:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
DE1Arik Armstead
2Solomon Thomas
3Cassius Marsh
4Ronald Blair
5Jerry Attaochu
DT1DeForest Buckner
2Earl Mitchell
3Sheldon Day
4D.J. Jones
5Jullian Taylor
MLB1Reuben Foster
2Brock Coyle
3Korey Toomer
WLB1Malcolm Smith
2Fred Warner
3Mark Nzeocha
SLB1Eli Harold
2Dekoda Watson
3Elijah Lee
CB1Richard Sherman
2Ahkello Witherspoon
3K'Waun Williams
4Jimmie Ward
5Tarvarius Moore
FS1Adrian Colbert
2Chanceller James
SS1Jaquiski Tartt
2Don Jones
3Marcell Harris
P1Bradley Pinion
2Jeff Locke