WIDE Receiver Greg Ward is a WR who’s played collegiate QB at a high level, yet in two years we’ve yet to utilize that. No Wild Cat, no Holder for Field Goals (as I’ve suggested over the last two offseasons). For a team that says it values versatility, the Eagles are doing a shitty job of holding onto it, and utilizing it. Allow me to elaborate!
Remember TE Trey Burton? Of course you do. TE, WR, RB, QB, Hands Team member, minister, bus driver, pilot, brain surgeon, Maytag repairman… Trey did everything. He made plays on Offense and Special Teams. He even threw perhaps the most important pass, in modern Eagles history.
We let him walk in 2018 because we already had TE Zach Ertz, and Chicago backed a dump-truck full of money (4 years 32M, 22 guaranteed), up to Burton’s door. We were already on the hook for 5M to Ertz, and couldn’t afford to counter. Chicago’s offer made Burton leave here so fast, that he was still getting dressed as he boarded the plane.
It worked out fine though. Burton is still a #2 caliber TE, but he has to start, because the Bears realized they grossly overpaid him. Meanwhile we were forced to draft TE Dallas Goedert. (Boo-hoo. Poor us, right?) He’s not as verstaile as Burton, but Goedert may end up replacing Ertz in 2021.
Now back to Ward. (Back toward Ward? Towards Ward?? Whatever.) Though we’re primarily a 21 Personnel team, we do run a fair amount of 31, as well.
When Ward is on the field, he can be used on Jet Sweeps (we already do this with him), and standard routes. He can also be shifted into Wild Cat QB, or motioned to RB, then used as a Screen receiver vs tight boxes, or fed Shovel passes when the defense spreads out. There are too many possibilities to ignore here.
I won’t write another paragraph about why he should be our Field Goal Holder. I’ll just include a link to the article where I wrote about Ward specifically being the Holder. (I wrote another in 2019 but it doesn’t mention Ward by name.)
In any case, we have a player who is a match-up headache. He has the ability to keep the defense guessing, and therefore keep them uncomfortable. That should be something we really want to do. Especially when we can do it so easily.
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