The 49ers have picked up the fifth-year option on Jimmie Ward’s contract. The veteran defensive back is someone that is being utilized in every way possible by the 49ers coach on the team’s defense.

Since being drafted by the team in 2014, Ward has been used for nearly every position in the secondary. He began as the team’s dime and nickel cornerback during the beginning of his career. He took up the safety position when Eric Reid and Antoine Bethea were injured during the 2015 season. Eventually, Ward took over the starting outside cornerback position, in which the Northern Illinois University product took over as the team’s best option at cornerback.

How will Ward continue to help out the 49ers?

There is talk of a shakeup going on for the secondary group. This is due to the team’s new defensive scheme brought in by Robert Saleh. The cover three scheme that will be enforced for the team’s secondary will be something to notice as the defense transforms into something brand new.

The recent results of the draft alongside the defensive side of the ball is something that will affect this as well. With the selection of Ahkello Witherspoon, the secondary will have a new feel to it. Not to mention, with the release of last season’s starting cornerback, Tramaine Brock is something that is going to be of discussion for the team moving forward.

It will be interesting to see where the 49ers will place Ward in the secondary. All people know is that no matter where the team will put him, he will continue to contribute in a major way for the team.

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