NFL debut: Denzel Ward lost but won the heart of fans against one of league’s best WRs

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown three interceptions in the first half against the Cleveland Browns. Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward recorded his second interception of the game.

The Cleveland Browns may not have won, but they didn’t lose. That’s progress, right? Against their rival and one of the best teams in the NFL, the Browns were not only competitive but fought their way back from a 14-point deficit in the final quarter to force overtime and could have essentially won the game if it weren’t for a blocked field goal with just seconds remaining in extra time. It was almost as though the Dawg Pound could squint and see the light at the end of a long, dreary tunnel, one where they have seen the darkest of times, including 1-31 over their last two years and a rock-bottom, an embarrassing 0-16 season in 2017.

There were a number of players who played really well and gave Cleveland a glimpse of what could (and essentially should) be a bright future for their football team, especially on defence, and one of those players was cornerback Denzel Ward. It truly is amazing what happens when the Browns actually draft an Ohio State Buckeye.

In his first NFL start, the Browns’ top cornerback was impressive, to say the least.  It was just any normal, easy debut either. He was forced to go up against one of the league’s top receivers, Antonio Brown. Talk about a tough task to start your career. He could have been scared and wanted to ease into it, but instead, he made the most of the opportunity and allowed the Dawg Pound to get an up-close glimpse at what could be their shutdown cornerback for years to come.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound was considered by some to be undersized. But with his speed and ability to go up against the one of the best, as he proved he could while at Ohio State, Ward was able to make up for that lack of size. While playing in all 85 defensive plays, Ward totalled six tackles and two interceptions.

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