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T.J. Ward readies for another homecoming

Posted Oct 14, 2015

Last weekend, Ward returned to his home area. This weekend, he goes back to his "second home" of Cleveland, where he played four seasons.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Sunday's game will be the first in Cleveland for T.J. Ward since he signed with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014.

"It's going to be different when I get there," he said. "I haven't played there, so it's going to be different."

But while it will be his first game at FirstEnergy Stadium in a road team's uniform, the trip to northeast Ohio won't be the first one back there for the ex-Browns standout, who spent four seasons with the team after being drafted in the second round five years ago.

T.J. Ward

"It's like a second home," Ward said. "I still talk to a lot of people back there. I went back this summer. It was still like I've been there the whole time.

"The people are great. Cleveland has a great fan base and a great support system back there. I'm looking forward to it."

Ward left Cleveland as a Pro Bowler and returns with that same status, having played in the league's all-star game for a second time last January.

"He's playing at a high level," said Browns head coach Mike Pettine, who had been on the job for just over a month when Ward jumped to the Broncos in free agency. "He's very much a complete safety. When you talk about guys that are free or strong [safety], he can really do both. That makes it tough on offense, when it's hard to identify what he's playing because some teams that have a true free or strong, you can gather a lot more information pre-snap.

"They do a good job moving him around, and then they have a package where he comes down and essentially plays linebacker in a dime grouping.

"You can see he's in a good place. He plays with great effort, great energy, and he's extremely productive."