Ward gets a real chance to shine 

March, 3, 2009
Right about this time last year, a smallish power back who averaged more than 5 yards per carry but didn't get his chance at significant playing time with the San Diego Chargers left to become the primary back in Atlanta. That worked out OK for Michael Turner. The 5-foot-10, 244-pound back ended up the No. 5 player in fantasy football, and second among running backs.

So we're all looking for the next Turner, right? Well, there is more than one similarity between Turner and Derrick Ward, the Giants' backup running back who just signed a lucrative four-year deal to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unlike Turner, who didn't get nearly enough chances to show his stuff in San Diego, Ward ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2008, at 5.6 yards per clip, despite starting only three games. And oh, by the way, Ward is of a similar build (he's listed at 5-foot-11, 228 pounds) as Turner.

Earnest Graham
Kim Klement/US PresswireEarnest Graham's value takes a hit with Ward's signing in Tampa.