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Giants re-sign outside linebacker Jihad Ward


The New York Giants have re-signed outside linebacker Jihad Ward.

Ward, 6-5 and 287 pounds, played all 17 games (plus two postseason contests) in his first season with the Giants, recording career-highs in passes defensed (four), quarterback hits (13), tackles for loss (seven), and forced fumbles (two). His three sacks matched a personal best after reuniting with defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

Overall, Ward has played in 85 regular-season games with 26 starts for the Raiders, Colts, Ravens, Jaguars, and Giants. He has also appeared in five playoff games, making one start for the Giants this past season.

Indianapolis originally selected Ward in the second round (44th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Ward played two years at Illinois after transferring from Globe Institute of Technology in New York. As a senior 2015, Ward started all 12 games playing both defensive end and tackle and totaled 53 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two passes defensed. In 2014, he started all 13 games at defensive end and tallied 51 tackles, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries, leading the Big Ten and finishing second in the FBS.

View the best photos of outside linebacker Jihad Ward's time with the Giants.


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