Photos of new Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
TED GINN JR. - WR
COLLEGE: OHIO STATE
JOINED SAINTS: UFA-17 (CAR)
NFL EXPERIENCE: 11
NFL CAREER – Blessed with incredible speed and elusiveness, Ted Ginn Jr. enters his 11th season, his first with the Black and Gold. Originally the ninth overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, Ginn is one of only 10 players in NFL history to register two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same game and the versatile threat has also developed into a playmaker on offense. He has appeared in 151 regular season contests and started 61 games for Miami (2007-09), San Francisco (2010-12), Arizona (2014) and Carolina (2013, 2015-16), posting career totals of 309 receptions for 4,285 yards (13.9 avg.) with 25 touchdowns and has rushed 52 times for 403 yards with two touchdowns. On special teams, Ginn has returned 238 punts for 2,497 yards (10.5 avg.) with four touchdowns and brought back 300 kickoffs for 6,842 yards (22.8 avg.) with three touchdowns.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints on a three-year contract (UFA-CAR), 3/10/17; Signed by the Carolina Panthers to a two-year contract, 3/9/15; Released by the Arizona Cardinals, 2/23/15; Signed by Arizona to a three-year contract (UFA-CAR), 3/14/14; Signed by Carolina to a one-year contract (UFA-SF), 3/22/13; Re-signed by the San Francisco 49ers to a one-year contract, 3/23/12; Acquired by San Francisco from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice, 4/16/10; Signed by Miami to a five-year contract, 7/27/10; Selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the NFL Draft by Miami (4/28/07).
HONORS - 2014: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week One); 2011: NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 11); 2009: AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (November), AFC Special Teams Player of the Week (Week Eight); 2007: Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 11).
2016 – Appeared in 16 games with eight starts recording 54 receptions for 752 yards (13.9 avg.) and four touchdowns. All four of his receiving touchdowns were all at least 30 yards or more. Ginn recorded a touchdown of at least 40 yards or more in three consecutive games from weeks 11 to 13. Also rushed 14 times for 98 yards, returned 29 punts for 202 yards and brought back 18 kickoffs for 391 yards (21.7 avg.) for 1,443 total yards from scrimmage.…Vs. New Orleans, Nov. 17, he caught three balls for 46 yards, including a 40 yard touchdown…Recorded four receptions for 115 yards including a career-long 88-yard touchdown, which ranks as the third longest in Panthers history and was the third longest reception in the NFL in 2016 at Oakland, Nov. 27…At Seattle, Dec. 4, Ginn hauled in 5 receptions for 80 yards including a 55-yard touchdown…Ginn, who has an 87-yard punt return touchdown and three kickoff-return touchdowns of at least 100 yards in his career, is the fourth player in NFL history to have a receiving touchdown, punt-return touchdown and kickoff-return touchdown of at least 85 yards each in his career. 2015 – Played in 15 games with 13 starts in his return to Carolina. Led the Panthers with a career high 10 touchdown catches and became the first Panthers wide receiver with double-digit touchdowns since Steve Smith had 12 in 2005. Ranked second on the team with 44 receptions and 739 receiving yards. Had three multiple touchdown reception games, the first three of his career. Finished with a 16.8-yards receiving average, eighth in the NFL, leading an offensive unit that averaged 12.9 yards per reception, third highest mark in the league. Helped Carolina set team records with an NFL-leading 500 points and 59 touchdowns and gain a team-record 357 first downs. Contributed to an offense that averaged a 31:44 time of possession. Ranked second in the NFC and fifth in the league with a 10.3-yard punt return average on 27 returns with a long of 37. In three postseason contests, recorded six receptions for 126 yards, carried two times for 33 yards with a 22-yard touchdown and also returned six punts for 40 yards with a long of 19…Vs. New Orleans, Sept. 27, posted four receptions for 93 yards, including a 55-yard grab…At Tampa Bay, Oct. 4, recorded his first career game with multiple touchdown catches with a second quarter six-yard TD and a 12-yard third quarter TD…Vs. Washington, Nov. 22, hauled in a two-yard touchdown after a successful Carolina challenge of an incomplete pass…At New Orleans, Dec. 6, recorded second multi-touchdown games of the season and his career on a 13-yard scoring grab in the third quarter and a deep 45-yard TD in the fourth quarter to reclaim the lead late in the contest…At Atlanta, Dec. 27, led the team with 120 yards on two receptions, both touchdowns, including a 74-yard TD…In the NFC Championship vs. Arizona, 1/24/16, recorded a 22-yard rushing touchdown. 2014 – Appeared in 16 games for Arizona posting 14 catches for 190 yards. Returned a punt 71 yards for a game-winning touchdown at N.Y. Giants, Sept. 14. Led the team with a 19.0-yard kickoff return average on 22 returns for 417 yards. Ranked fourth in the NFC and seventh in the NFL in 2014 with a 10.7-yard punt return average on 25 returns for 277 yards and a touchdown. 2013 – Played in all 16 games with two starts for Carolina posting 36 receptions for 556 yards and five touchdown grabs...Ranked fourth in the NFC and sixth in the NFL with a team-record 12.2-yard punt return average. Returned 26 punts for 316 yards…Posted three receptions for 71 yards, including a 47-yard TD grab vs. N.Y. Giants, Sept. 22...Finished with five receptions for 80 yards at Tampa Bay, Oct. 24…Posted a 25-yard TD grab vs. New England, Nov. 18…Recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game in the playoffs with 104 yards on four catches In the NFC divisional round vs. San Francisco, 1/12/13. 2012 – Appeared in 13 games, primarily as a punt returner. Ranked third in the NFC with a 10.2-yard punt return average as a member of the conference champion 49ers. In the postseason, returned three punts for 52 yards with a playoff career-long of 32 yards in the Super Bowl vs. Baltimore, 2/3/13. 2011 – Played in 14 games with three starts posting 19 catches for 220 yards. Returned a punt 55 yards and a kickoff 102 yards for touchdowns in the same game vs. Seattle, Sept. 11…The first player in 49ers history to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same game. Ginn's 268 return yards were the most in a single game in 49ers team history…Ranked third in the NFL in kickoff return average (27.6). Finished third in the conference and fourth in the league with a 12.3-yard punt return average. 2010 – Played in 13 games for San Francisco posting 12 catches for 163 yards and one touchdown…Returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown vs St. Louis, Dec. 26…Ranked second in the NFC and third in the NFL in 2010 with a 13.4-yard punt return average. 2009 – Appeared in all 16 games making 12 starts posting 39 receptions for 454 yards and one touchdown…Returned two kickoff returns for touchdowns against the N.Y. Jets, Nov. 1 to tie an NFL record…Tallied a career-high 11 receptions for 108 yards vs. Indianapolis Sept. 21…Was later named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month (November) after having returned 21 kickoffs for 646 yds. (31.7 avg.) and 2 TDs in the five-game span. 2008 – Played in 16 games with 14 starts and posted 56 receptions for 790 yards and two touchdowns. Led the Dolphins with career highs in receptions and receiving yards…Had a career day vs. Buffalo, Oct. 26, as he led the Dolphins with 7 catches for 175 yards, including a 64-yard reception…Recorded a season-high 154 kickoff return yard vs. New England, Nov. 23. 2007 – Appeared in 16 games as a rookie starting nine games recording 34 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns. Also had an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown. His reception and yardage totals were the most by a Dolphins rookie wide receiver since 2001, when Chris Chambers caught 48 passes for 883 yards…Returned 24 punts for a 9.6-yd. avg., ranking fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL, while fielding 63 kickoffs for a 22.7-yd. avg…Set a Dolphins rookie record with 2,086 all-purpose yards…Ranked second in Miami franchise history with 1,433 kickoff return yards, trailing only Brock Marion (1,524 yds. in 1999).
COLLEGE – Played in 37 games with 31 starts at Ohio State from 2004-06 and totaled 135 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Returned 64 punts for 900 yards with six touchdowns and 38 kickoffs for 1,012 yards with two touchdowns. Tied an NCAA record with eight career touchdowns on returns...Earned second team All-American and second-team All-Big 10 Conference honors as a junior in 2006...Became the first player in school history to score a touchdown on a pass, run, punt return and kickoff return in the same season as a sophomore in 2005...Set conference and school records with four punt returns for touchdowns as a freshman in 2004…Majored in human development and family science.
PERSONAL – Attended Glenville (Cleveland, Ohio) HS... As a DB, was the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year as well as a Parade All-American as a senior…Also played QB, WR and RB, while returning punts and kickoffs…Played in the U.S. Army All-America game following his senior season and was named the game's MVP after he returned a punt for a touchdown…Was the HS national champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, as a junior, and recorded the best time in the nation as a senior, when he won the state title for the second consecutive year…Also clocked a personal best 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash…Born Theodore Ginn Jr April 12, 1985 in Cleveland, OH.