Bucs Morris: Ward out of shape

Buccaneers fans trying to account for Derrick Ward's sluggish start in Tampa have a new factor to consider.

According to his head coach, Ward is out of shape.

Ward, who turns 30 on Monday, hasn't run effectively since the Bucs signed the ex-Giant to a lucrative free agent deal March 3, 2009.

"When you get a bit older in this league, especially as a running back, you have to realize that you need to come into camp at a lighter weight, not heavier," Coach Raheem Morris said. "I still have a lot of confidence in Derrick Ward that he'll be ready and in shape to help us this season."

Fantasy Impact: 

The news continues to look bad for Ward and there have been rumors now for a few weeks that he won't even make the team. Couple that with the rising stock of Kareem Huggins and it all adds up. Ward was a guy to stay away from anyway, and those with bad tastes in their mouth from last year don't need the reminder...

It also could mean Carnell Williams becomes a little more attractive if your draft is coming up. Caddy has an ADP of the 10th round. Keep an eye on Huggins, too, who could be an injury away from being a starter. He might make a nice last-round pick...

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