Three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward said he is at his "wits' end" about being used as a part-time player for the Bucs. Ward was not on the field when the Bucs blew their fourth-quarter lead in three plays, including a 44-yard pass to Deonte Thompson to set up the tying touchdown run. Receiver Adam Humphries fumbled on the Bucs’ first play following the touchdown to set up Stephen Haushka’s game-winning 30-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining in the Bills’ 30-27 win Sunday. Ward has been rotating at safety with Cris Conte and rookie Justin Evans. “You got to talk to coach Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter, but I’m at my wits' end,’’ Ward said. “I’m tired of it. “I mean, that’s not why I came here. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player. I came here to make this defense better. Be on the field 100 percent of the time. I destruct offenses. That’s what I do. I need to be out there. You got me in one minute, one minute. Last week, I didn’t even play the first half.’’ Ward signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Bucs as a free agent after being released by the Broncos prior to the season.
T.J. Ward “at wit’s end” about diminished role for Bucs
Tampa Bay Times | Oct 22