Greg Ward earns his wings as the Philadelphia Eagles keep their playoff hopes alive.
How many of you can accurately detail the ins and outs of Greg Ward‘s run with the Philadelphia Eagles without looking it up? Three words come to mind, roller-coaster ride.
The former Houston Cougars quarterback made the switch to wide receiver after going undrafted in 2017’s NFL Draft. Since then, he was released on the second day in September of 2017, resigned to the practice squad one day later, released, re-signed, signed to a “future and reserve” deal after the Super Bowl.
Then, in 2018, he was, again. waived, re-signed to the practice squad, and released. That’s when he signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the now-defunct and short-lived AAF (Alliance of American Football). Philly signed him to their practice squad again, but this time, he’d get a shot. This time, injuries to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor earned him a promotion.
What’s the point, you ask? It’s simple actually. Watching Ward catch the game-winning touchdown in Washington, his first, felt like a happy ending to a very stressful story. No one deserved that shot or that moment more than Greg Ward Jr. No one was surprised when he was given the opportunity and made good on it.
Greg Ward has earned a spot on this team and a spot in the hearts of “Birds” fans forever. He figures to make the team in 2020, despite the fact that Philly has a lot of bodies at wide receiver. Sure, he has to earn it, but at this point, it feels like he already has (especially if JJ Arcega-Whiteside is safe). After everything that he’s been through and the manner in which he played down the stretch in 2019, cutting him just feels very, very wrong.