Charvarius "Mooney" Ward
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Ward with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019
No. 7 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-26) May 26, 1996 (age 26)
McComb, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:McComb (MS)
College:Middle Tennessee
Undrafted:2018
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2021
Total tackles:222
Pass deflections:29
Interceptions:3
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Charvarius Ward (born May 16, 1996) is an American football cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Middle Tennessee.

Early years

Ward only had three years of high school at McComb High School. He went from being a freshman to a junior in high school. As a senior, he tallied 48 tackles, one interception and received All-region honors.

He enrolled at Hinds Community College. As a freshman, he collected 32 tackles, 3 interceptions, 5 passes defended and one forced fumble. As a sophomore, he recorded 32 tackles, one interception, 2 passes defended and one blocked kick.

He transferred to Middle Tennessee State University for his junior season, appearing in 12 games with 2 starts, while making 26 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defended, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery. As a senior, he played in 13 games with 8 starts, posting 48 tackles (sixth on the team), 3 tackles for loss, one sack and led the team with 14 passes defended.

Professional career

Ward did not receive an invitation to attend the NFL Combine. On January 20, 2018, Ward played the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. On March 12, 2018, Ward attended Middle Tennessee State's pro day and performed all of the combine and positional drills. He had a stellar performance at his pro day which greatly elevated his draft stock.[1] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Ward was ranked as the 46th best cornerback prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 0+58 in
(1.84 m)
198 lb
(90 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.44 s 1.71 s 2.62 s 4.56 s 7.52 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
11 ft 0 in
(3.35 m)
12 reps
All values from Middle Tennessee State Pro Day[2]

Dallas Cowboys

On April 30, 2018, the Dallas Cowboys signed Ward to a three-year, $1.71 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $5,000.[3]

Throughout training camp, Ward competed to be the fifth cornerback on the active roster against Marquez White, Duke Thomas, and Donovan Olumba.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs

2018

On August 30, 2018, the Kansas City Chiefs traded offensive guard Parker Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for Ward to provide needed depth for their offensive line.[5] Head coach Andy Reid named Ward the fifth backup cornerback on the active roster to begin the regular season, behind Steven Nelson, Kendall Fuller, Orlando Scandrick, and Tremon Smith.[6]

On October 1, 2018, Ward made his professional regular season debut and recorded three combined tackles during a 27–23 victory at the Denver Broncos in Week 3.[7] On December 23, 2018, Ward earned his first career start after Kendall Fuller was ruled inactive due to a thumb injury.[8][9] He recorded eight combined tackles and deflected a pass as the Chiefs lost 38–31 at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 16. Ward finished his rookie season in 2018 with 30 combined tackles (26 solo) and three pass deflections in 13 games and two starts.[10]

The Kansas City Chiefs finished first in the AFC West with a 12–4 record and earned a first round bye. On January 12, 2019, Ward started in his first career playoff game and recorded four combined tackles and deflected four passes during a 31–13 win against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Round.[11] The following week, he collected seven combined tackles in the Chiefs' 37–31 loss against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. With 54 seconds remaining in the game, Ward caught what would've been the game-ending interception to send the Chiefs to Super Bowl LIII, but the play did not stand due to a penalty.[12]

2019

Ward competed against Bashaud Breeland to be a starting cornerback. Head coach Andy Reid named Ward and Bashaud Breeland the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season in 2019.[13] On September 15, 2019, Ward made four combined tackles, two pass deflections, and made his first career interception during a 28–10 win at the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. Ward intercepted a pass by Derek Carr, that was originally intended for wide receiver Ryan Grant, and returned it for a ten-yard gain during the third quarter.[14] Ward then made his second interception against the Houston Texans, by snagging a one handed interception over DeAndre Hopkins.[15] Ward helped the Chiefs reach Super Bowl LIV where they defeated the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31–20. Ward recorded four tackles in the game.[16]

2020

In Week 7 against the Denver Broncos, Ward recorded a team high nine tackles and sacked Drew Lock once during the 43–16 win.[17] Overall, Ward finished the 2020 season with 51 total tackles, one sack, and six passes defended.[18]

2021

The Chiefs placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Ward on March 17, 2021.[19] He signed the one-year contract on June 10.[20] He was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on December 20, 2021.[21] He was activated off of on December 23, 2021.[22]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 17, 2022, Ward signed a three-year, $42 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.[23][24]

References

  1. ^ "Dallas Cowboys have UDFA gem in CB Charvarius Ward (Video)". Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "Charvarius Ward, DS #46 CB, Middle Tennessee". draftscout.com.
  3. ^ Eatman, Nick (April 30, 2018). "Cowboys Agree to Terms With 18 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents; Full List". DallasCowboys.com. Archived from the original on May 1, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Dallas Cowboys: 10 Early Roster Bubble Candidates". thelandryhat.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. ^ Helman, David (August 30, 2018). "Rookie CB Charvarius Ward Traded To KC". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  6. ^ Goldman, Charles (September 4, 2018). "Chiefs release 1st unofficial depth chart of regular season". chiefswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – October 1st, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kendall Fuller injury update: Chiefs cornerback will be game-time decision vs. Seahawks". arrowheadaddict.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Goldman, Charles (December 20, 2018). "Charvarius Ward is next man up at corner for Chiefs". chiefswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "NFL Player stats: Charvarius Ward". NFL.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  11. ^ "Divisional Round – Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs – January 12th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "AFC Championship – New England Patriots at Kansas City Chiefs – January 20th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  13. ^ "Chiefs release first depth chart of 2019 season". chiefswire.usatoday.com. September 3, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – September 15th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  15. ^ "Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs – October 13th, 2019". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  16. ^ "Super Bowl LIV – San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs – February 2nd, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  17. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos – October 25th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  18. ^ "Charvarius Ward 2020 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  19. ^ Williams, Charean (March 17, 2021). "Darious Williams only one of 26 RFAs in NFL to receive first-round tender". NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  20. ^ Smith, Michael David (June 10, 2021). "Charvarius Ward signs tender with Chiefs". NBCSports.com. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Travis Kelce, Charvarius Ward, Harrison Butker Placed on Reserve/COVID-19 List". SI.com.
  22. ^ "Chiefs activate Chris Jones and Charvarius Ward off of their COVID-19/reserve list". KMBC.com.
  23. ^ "49ers Sign CB Charvarius Ward". 49ers.com. March 17, 2022. Retrieved March 18, 2022.
  24. ^ Larrabee, Kirk (March 15, 2022). "5 things to know about new 49ers CB Charvarius Ward". 49ers Webzone. Retrieved August 18, 2022.