News seems to change by the minute as reports and speculation continue to flow like water as to whether there will be a season.
On Monday, amid reports cancellations are in the offing, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and players across the country took to social media to campaign to university presidents and conference officials to let them play. President Trump even weighed in, backing the movement.
Former Buckeye and current Browns cornerback Denzel Ward doesn’t like the idea of cancelling the season.
“It upsets me, but I know it upsets those guys a lot more,” Ward said on a Zoom conference call Tuesday. “They are out there trying to prove themselves, if they have dreams of playing in the NFL and taking it to the next level. They wanted to show themselves this year, play with their guys and be out there on the field and making plays. I know that it is real difficult for those guys.
“I heard that the season [may come] to an end early. Wish the best for those guys, and hopefully, they can come up with something, but I know it is tough.”
Ward is entering his third season with the Browns, who drafted him fourth overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he too has a lot to prove after a hamstring injury slowed him in 2019.
“I feel that I had a decent season,” Ward said. “Not the season that I have in my mind when I set my goals and everything that I want to accomplish throughout the year, but I feel that I definitely produced throughout the season and did my job when I was out there on the field, made plays and helped my team. I feel that I still have a lot more that I could do, prove and still give to this team to help this team win.”
Ward made the Pro bowl as a rookie and he has broken up 11 passes in each of his first two seasons while nabbing five interceptions combined.
It’s expected the pairing with Greedy Williams, a second-round pick in 2019, will provide joe Woods’ defense with a dynamic pair of corners in the back end of the defense.
“The sky is the limit for both of us,” Ward said. “We go out there and do our job, play within the defense and make plays, and everything else is going to take care of itself.”
Ward loves the addition of rookie Grant Delpit, picked in the second round of the draft in April, and believes the added toughness the LSU tiger will bring will elevate the entire unit.
“You guys already saw what he did on the field at LSU,” Ward said. “He is definitely a fluid player, and he is definitely tough. You saw that last year at LSU. He had a hurt ankle that I feel a lot of people probably didn’t even know about, but he played through it. He is a tough player. He is going to bring that toughness here. He is just a fun guy to be around, too, in the locker room and everywhere else on the field.”
As for the secondary, Ward believes in their potential.
“I feel like we could be special,” Ward said. “We just have to play within the defense, play within ourselves, make plays and do what we are supposed to do, and everything else will take care of itself.”