Charvarius Ward, cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been targeted four times more frequently than any other NFL player this season. This may come as a surprise to some.
Ward represents a team that has maintained a consistent lead over the course of games and, starting from the bye week, has utilized the opposing team's most effective wide receiver during crucial moments of the game.
Attain defensive coordinator Steve Wilks credit for facilitating Ward's ability to generate scores. In Week 15, the 27-year-old demonstrated his agility by intercepting quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals:
Kyle Shanahan was not surprised by Mooney's acceleration after the game, remarking, "He can run." Ward achieved 20.64 miles per hour, the second-fastest time of any ball carrier in Week 15, according to Next Gen Stats.
Due to the high frequency with which he is targeted, Ward will inevitably forfeit receptions. However, teams will begin to question his judgment if he successfully converts a greater number of these breakups into interceptions.
The agreement with Ward becomes null and invalid after 2024. He will be the subsequent participant in which we discuss whether a "max" level extension is warranted for his position.