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Jonathan Ward

RB

#20

Experience: 4 years

Height: 6-0

Age: 26

Weight: 202 lbs

College: Central Michigan

Biography

PRO: The Titans signed Jonathan Ward to the practice squad on Dec. 14, 2022 to help bolster the depth and experience of the running backs group and to contribute on special teams. He was quickly promoted to the 53-man roster and ended the 2022 campaign with appearances in each of the last three games of the season. Prior to arriving in Tennessee, the 6-foot, 202-pounder appeared in 32 games over parts of three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2020-22). The Central Michigan product was originally signed by the Cardinals as a rookie free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft.

TITANS TIDBITS: 
•   Ward placed second in Illinois state high school track meet in the long jump in 2015.
•   Ward faced an uphill climb to get his opportunity in the NFL. Coming out of Central Michigan, he was not invited to the 2020 NFL Combine but hoped to impress scouts during the school's pro day. However, that never happened because the pro day, scheduled for March 14, 2020, was canceled in the initial days of the COVID-19 outbreak. Ward and his agent, Orlando Arnold, produced their own workout tape, and eventually he was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: 
•   The Kankakee, Ill., native was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2020.
•   Waived by the Cardinals on Sept. 5, 2020 and signed to the team's practice squad a day later.
•   Activated from the practice squad to the active roster standard elevation on Sept. 26, 2020.
•   Activated from the practice squad to the active roster standard elevation on Oct. 3, 2020.
•   Signed by the Cardinals to their active roster from the practice squad on Oct. 6, 2020.
•   Released by the Cardinals on Nov. 22, 2022.
•   Signed by the N.Y. Jets to their practice squad on Nov. 29, 2022.
•   Released by the Jets from their practice squad on Dec. 6, 2022.
•   Signed by the Titans to their practice squad on Dec. 14, 2022.
•   Activated from the practice squad to the active roster standard elevation on Dec. 23, 2022.
•   Signed by the Titans to the team's active roster off of the practice squad on Dec. 29, 2022.

COLLEGE:
•   Played in 41 games at Central Michigan and rushed for 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns on 473 carries. Also caught 98 passes for 909 yards and four scores. Ran for more than 1,000 yards twice in his career.
•   As a senior team captain (2019), started all 12 games and ran for a career-high 1,108 yards and 15 touchdowns. Earned third-team All-MAC honors.
•   As a junior (2018), appeared in nine games with six starts and had 212 rushing yards on 76 carries.
•   As a sophomore (2017), appeared in 12 games with eight starts and rushed for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns on 178 carries. Selected second-team All-MAC after leading the team in rushing yards, attempts and touchdowns.
•   As a freshman (2016), appeared in eight games and had 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries.

PERSONAL: 
•   Attended Bishop McNamara (Kankakee, Ill.) High School and competed in football and track.
•   Was as a three-year starter at running back and set school career records with 83 touchdowns and 5,689 rushing yards and single-season records with 2,400 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns.
•   As a senior, earned All-State honors and led the team to a 13-1 finish and Class 3A state title.
•   Follow Ward on Twitter at @Almighty_jward.
•   Born Jonathan Ward on Sept. 30, 1997 in Kankakee, Ill.

Recent Games

WK OPP RESULT ATT YDS AVG LNG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LOST
8 Falcons W 28 - 23
9 @Steelers L 16 - 20
10 @Buccaneers L 6 - 20
14 @Dolphins W 28 - 27
15 Texans L 16 - 19
16 Seahawks L 17 - 20
17 @Texans L 3 - 26 3 11 3.7 8 0
18 Jaguars W 28 - 20

Career Stats

RBFB Career

SEASON TEAM G GS ATT YDS AVG TD REC YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LOST
2020 Arizona Cardinals 14 0 1 11 11 11 1
2021 Arizona Cardinals 13 0 9 33 3.7 0 3 34 11.3 23 0
2022 Arizona Cardinals 5 0
2022 Tennessee Titans 3 0 5 25 5 0 2 7 3.5 4 0
2023 Tennessee Titans 8 0 3 11 3.7 0
TOTAL 43 0 17 69 4.1 0 6 52 5.2 23 1 0 0

2023 SEASON

  • CAR
    3
  • YDS
    11
  • AVG
    3.67
  • TDS
    0
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