After spending four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, safety T.J Ward signed with the Denver Broncos earlier this year. In Cleveland Ward did not experience a winning culture. Now in Denver, Ward is embracing the winning culture that resides with coaches and in the locker room.
"Nothing against Cleveland but this is a winning culture," Ward said at the end of OTAs. "They’re used to winning and you treat all things the same way, period: with a preparation to win
These are the compliments I like to hear about the Broncos organization from new players. A winning culture brings a healthy attitude to the team, and should motivate them even more to learn the playbook, practice harder and execute their jobs on Sundays.
"That’s how the coaches treat you and that’s how the players treat each other. You expect everybody to know their job, do their job and do it the right way."
Ward is fitting in nicely with his new teammates. According to reports during OTA's, Ward and fellow safety mate Rahim Moore "vibed off each other's movements". I'm excited to see how the two look early on in Training Camp.
Ward has been learning a variety of positions in the Broncos defense this spring. Coaches have had Ward lined up in multiple positions throughout the OTA and Minicamp practices. Earlier this offseason Broncos Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio spoke about how they may use Ward as a linebacker in their sub-packages.
"I like to be everywhere," he said. "If it can change up my looks at different times and the offense doesn’t see me in one spot all the time, it definitely helps us help the defense and that’s what I want to do."
The acquisition of Ward might be overlooked because of the signings of cornerback Aqib Talib, and defensive end DeMarcus Ware, his play will not be overlooked come Sundays.
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