Ward believes the notion he needed a second chance was fostered by the Buccaneers’ front office, which he blamed for spreading word he was overweight and unfocused. Though Kubiak concurred Ward was out of shape and challenged him to “get down,” Ward claims he was only 2 pounds over the 233-pound goal Houston set for him. He said he weighed 232 with the Giants.
Ward’s bitterness toward the Buccaneers revealed itself when he said the Texans are “a team that actually wants to block for their running backs, actually wants to win and doesn’t set their goals to a (lower) standard.” He even said he’s blocked out his time in Tampa.
“I feel like I went straight from New York to Houston,” he said.
There is one memory from last year he’ll carry with him this week, though: the thought of how it felt to be held to only 2 yards on five carries by the Giants in a 24-0 loss last season.
“I didn’t play against them the way I wanted to. This year, I’m on a better team, a team that actually wants to win, compete and get to that next level,” Ward said. “So to play the Giants is going to be better for me this year.”