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Week 1 vs. WAS
Rushing: 9 / 39 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 21 / 0 on 3 targets
Ward had six carries for 27 yards in the first half. Ward was the primary back up in this game to starting RB Brandon Jacobs as RB Ahmad Bradshaw didn't see any action in this game. Ward had three carries for 12 yards in the second half, and also added two catches for 21 yards.
Week 2 vs. STL
Rushing: 8 / 58 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 8 / 0 on 1 targets
Ward played well when spelling Jacobs as he carried eight times for 58 yards while contributing a reception for eight yards. He was used to pick up right where Jacobs left off and he did, averaging seven yards per carry and helping the Giants move the chains. The Giants used him well in contrast to Jacobs while his burst through the hole combined with his elusive moves in the open field showed why the Giants trust he can effectively add another dimension to the rushing attack.
Week 3 vs. CIN
Rushing: 9 / 80 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 26 / 0 on 4 targets
Ward was used to spell Jacobs as a change of pace back and contributed mightily on the ground as he gained 80 yards on only 9 carries. He showed good elusiveness when getting to the second level of the defense and broke off some big runs to set up the Giants for scoring opportunities. His biggest run of the day came on the Giants go ahead fourth quarter drive as Ward took the first play from scrimmage across midfield on a 22 yard run. It was this run that set the tone and allowed the Giants to move the ball downfield for the go ahead score.
Week 5 vs. SEA
Rushing: 7 / 40 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 10 / 0 on 2 targets
Ward entered the game late in the first quarter, and seems to be rotated in for Brandon Jacobs on about every third drive. He broke one up the middle for 21 yards through a big hole, and finished with 40 yards on seven carries. Had the game not been over early, he likely would have gotten much of the playing time that went to Ahmad Bradshaw. He caught both of his targets for ten yards.
Week 6 vs. CLE
Rushing: 10 / 101 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 1 / 0 on 2 targets
Ward led the Giants in rushing in the first half with six carries for 37 yards. He would only get four more carries in the second half, but he would make each one count as he gained 64 rushing and did not have a carry longer then 18 yards in the game. The Giants had no problem rushing the ball on Cleveland's defense and Ward was very successful on draw plays up the middle.
Week 7 vs. SF
Rushing: 4 / 19 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 50 / 0 on 4 targets
Ward was shifty running for two ten plus yard gains, but was stopped for negative yardage on his other three carries. Of the three running backs, he was used the most as a receiving threat.
Week 8 vs. PIT
Rushing: 13 / 37 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 43 / 0 on 6 targets
Ward was frequently targeted in the passing game, ending the afternoon with five receptions for 43 yards. He saw the bulk of his action in the fourth quarter, taking the majority of the Giants' carries to close out the game. His long run of the game was for ten yards, and he finished with 37 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Week 9 vs. DAL
Rushing: 12 / 63 / 1
Receiving: 2 / 26 / 0 on 4 targets
Splitting time with Brandon Jacobs, Ward served as a change of pace back due to his pass catching ability out of the backfield. Ward shared duties with Jacobs in the first half, getting just less than half of the carries, but was given the bulk of the work during the fourth quarter as New York was putting the game away. He scored the final touchdown on a tough run on the right side of the field on the next play following Plaxico Burress' dropped touchdown reception.
Week 10 vs. PHI
Rushing: 17 / 53 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 27 / 0 on 5 targets
Ward showed good effort on his first couple of carries when after appearing to be stopped; he bounced to the outside and was able to pick up extra yards. He finished the first half with 36 yards on nine carriers and added another 27 yards on three receptions. Ward's second half was not as productive as his first though as he averaged slightly over 2 yards per rush on eight carries. In addition to his work on offense, he also returned one kickoff 21 yards.
Week 11 vs. BAL
Rushing: 11 / 41 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 54 / 0 on 6 targets
Ward was used as an all around weapon, contributing in both the rushing and passing attacks, totaling just under 100 yards on 15 touches. Ward was successful in keeping the Ravens aggressive defense on their toes, slipping out of the backfield and leading the Giants in receptions. He caught four balls for 54 yards, however failed twice when given two straight goal line carries in the second quarter.
Week 12 vs. ARI
Rushing: 20 / 69 / 1
Receiving: 4 / 30 / 0 on 4 targets
Ward had a good game subbing for Jacobs and rushed for 69 yards on 20 attempts. He had a one yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put New York up 7-3. Ward ran hard up the middle, and also utilized his quickness catching passes out of the backfield.
Week 13 vs. WAS
Rushing: 10 / 30 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 75 / 0 on 6 targets
Ward was used in his normal role of third down back and backup to Brandon Jacobs. As usual, Ward was able to capitalize on his limited touches as he topped 100 total yards on only 15 touches. Carrying ten times for 30 yards, Eli Manning made use of him through the air, targeting him six times on various short routes. Ward caught five balls for 75 yards and showed good vision is space as he took a bubble screen 40 yards for a big gain early in the second quarter.
Week 14 vs. PHI
Rushing: 8 / 39 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 1 targets
Spelling the injured Jacobs, Ward struggled to put in his usual workman-like effort. He carried only eight times for 39 yards as the Giant's found themselves behind and needing to throw. Through the air he managed to grab his only target, good for a two yard gain. When running, Ward looked mobile and quick successfully picking up where Jacobs left off and running well behind that solid offensive line of New York.
Week 15 vs. DAL
Rushing: 14 / 64 / 0
Receiving: 1 / 2 / 0 on 2 targets
Ward had his most rushing yards in the fourth quarter when he picked up 24 of 64 yards on rushes of seven, 12, and five yards. Despite having longer pickups of 12, nine, nine, and seven, half of the running back's carries went for gains of three yards or less.
Week 16 vs. CAR
Rushing: 15 / 215 / 0
Receiving: 1 / -5 / 0 on 2 targets
Ward rushed for an amazing 215 yards. He had a number of long rushes, his longest of 51 yards in overtime set up the Brandon Jacobs touchdown. He dropped his first pass on a third down play. His second target went for a catch for a loss of six yards. His first carry came on a third and three play where he gained nine yards.
Week 17 vs. MIN
Rushing: 15 / 77 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 14 / 0 on 2 targets
Derrick Ward ran the ball very well against a tough Viking run defense. Ward was able to attain 1,000 rushing yards for the year. Brandon Jacobs and Ward became another team rushing duo to have 1,000 yards each. This was the first time since the '85 Browns. Ward did not see the field after the drive that he reached 1,000 yards. It looked like that if the Giants had needed to win the game Ward could have got the job done.
Week 19 vs. PHI
Rushing: 12 / 46 / 0
Receiving: 5 / 24 / 0 on 7 targets
Ward chipped in with 12 rushes for 46 yards and added five receptions for 24 yards on seven targets in the passing game. Five of his targets came on third downs, mostly on short screen plays where Ward was lined up on the outside.