Denzel Ward made a stop to seal the win for the Cleveland Browns in Week 14 as he continues to put together a fantastic campaign
Denzel Ward is in the fourth year of his rookie deal and while the Cleveland Browns already picked up the fifth-year option on his contract, he’s been making the case for a long-term extension this offseason.
And on Sunday, he once again made a case for that to happen.
With the Baltimore Ravens pulling to within two points late in the game, and getting the ball back on an onside kick, Cleveland needed some of their stars to stand up and save the day. One of those stars was Jadeveon Clowney, who sacked Tyler Huntley on second-and-10, making it third-and-20.
A 14-yard play made it fourth-and-six which is when Ward stepped up. Huntley passed the ball to Rashod Bateman, who had been playing great all day. On this play, however, he was stuffed for just two yards as Ward laid him out to end the hopes of a comeback win for the Ravens.
Denzel Ward is in the midst of a hot streak
It was the third game in a row where Ward made a huge play — and the fourth in the past five. Back on Nov. 7, he started his hot streak with a 99-yard interception return for a touchdown. He then had a quiet game against the Patriots but recorded interceptions in back-to-back weeks against the Lions and Ravens respectively.
While he didn’t take the ball away in this one, he still held his own in coverage before making the huge stop.
In addition to his great play on the field, Ward was also given his due off it as well. The Ohio-born Ward was named the Browns nominee for the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award, which is given to the player who is as impactful in the community as he is in the game.
Cleveland’s defense has been up and down all season but one thing is for sure, Denzel Ward has established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the game right now.
And with the Browns a game out of first place, he couldn’t have picked a better time to get warmed up.