Jimmie Ward: Faller
No matter how much talent you have or how well you have played previously, injuries can keep a player from ever maximizing their full potential.
Jimmie Ward’s stock is falling based on his inability to stay healthy. He missed five games last year and eight games his rookie season. For a player who was taken 30th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, the 49ers have yet to get their money’s worth from him.
With a new defense being installed and a position change for Ward, he cannot afford any setbacks that keep him from being on the field.
A continued presence on the injury list means UDFA Lorenzo Jerome and Chanceller James will see increased reps with the first-string defense, especially with Eric Reid and Jaquiski Tartt also sidelined with injuries.
Hopefully they all get healthy, because currently the back end of the defense is very thin at the safety position.
And with a new season, a fresh start and 53 new players on the roster, any setbacks could spell an extended stay on the sideline for a player who is unavailable due to injury.