The San Francisco 49ers recently signed first-round pick Jimmie Ward, who they are hoping will be able to provide a boost for their secondary. The standout safety out of Northern Illinois could be an impact player from Day 1, but he won’t be taking the field for the team anytime soon.
According to a report from CSN Bay Area, the 49ers plan to hold Ward out of all pre-season activities.
Ward underwent surgery for a fracture in his foot that was discovered during the NFL Scouting Combine, but only after his Pro Day where he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash, and his recovery is coming along well.
The 49ers will keep Ward out of upcoming organized team activities and minicamps, but he remains on track to be 100 percent healthy and ready to participate in the team’s training camp.
Once Ward gets in some practice with the team, he will be able to take the field in the preseason and show the 49ers just what he can bring to the team.
If he lives up to the potential, the 49ers defensive backfield will not only be getting younger but also more effective and impressive.