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Giants sign free agent linebacker Jihad Ward

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The New York Giants have signed linebacker Jihad Ward. Here are five things to know about the new member of Big Blue:

1. Ward, 6-5 and 287 pounds, was originally a second-round pick (44th overall) by the Raiders in the 2016 NFL Draft.

2. He has appeared in 68 regular-season games with 15 starts for the Raiders (2016-17), Colts (2018-19), Ravens (2019-20) and Jaguars (2021), recording 10.0 sacks, 37 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries.

3. Ward reunites with defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale, who held the same role during his time in Baltimore. Ward had 4.0 sacks in 21 regular-season games with the Ravens. He also appeared in two postseason games with the team and had two quarterback hits and one tackle for loss. In 2020, he helped Baltimore's defense rank No. 2 in both points allowed and third-down efficiency.

4. He totaled a career-high 30 tackles, one fumble recovery and 10 quarterback hits in his rookie campaign while playing both defensive end and defensive tackle for the Raiders. Last year, he played in all 17 games and made one start for the Jaguars, recording 2.0 sacks, seven quarterback hits, and three tackles for loss.

5. After two years at Globe Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.), Ward became a two-time Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection at the University of Illinois. The Philadelphia native ranked second in the FBS in fumble recoveries in 2014.

View photos of new Giants linebacker Jihad Ward's NFL career.

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