49ers DBs coach Jeff Hafley said he has confidence that S Jimmie Ward will bounce back next season after dealing with injuries the past two years.
“He’s been injured, and you can be frustrated because he’s been injured,” Hafley said, via Matt Maiocco of NBS Sports. “I mean, I’m sure he’s frustrated that he’s injured. But you have to respect him because of how hard he’s worked and what he does every time he steps out on the field.”
Hafley added that Ward must continue taking care of his body, but expects a big season out of the defensive back.
“So, now, he has to take care of his body and hopefully things will bounce the right way for him and he’ll have a complete season. And when that does happen, I think what you’re going to see is everybody’s going to be wearing No. 20 jerseys at that point,” said Hafley.
- ESPN’s John Keim expects rookie RB Derrius Guice to make a “big impact from the get-go.”
- Keim adds that it would be surprising if someone other than Guice opened the season as the Redskins’ starting running back.
- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that the new five-year, $72 million extension signed by Vikings DE Danielle Hunter could provide a blueprint for negotiations between the Seahawks and DE Frank Clark regarding a long-term extension.
- Condotta points out that Hunter’s career has largely mirrored that of Clark and it’s possible the Seahawks could attempt to get an extension in place for him before the start of the 2018 regular season.
- Other extension candidates for the Seahawks include LT Duane Brown, WR Tyler Lockett and CB Justin Coleman.