Ezekiel Turner

American football player (born 1996)

American football player
Ezekiel Turner
San Francisco 49ers
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-06-09) June 9, 1996 (age 27)
Pasadena, Maryland, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Glen Burnie (MD)
College:Washington
Undrafted:2018
Career history
  • Arizona Cardinals (2018–2023)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2024–present)
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:83
Forced fumbles:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ezekiel Turner (born June 9, 1996) is an American football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington as a defensive back and was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft.[1] Turner was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team as a special teamer in the 2018 NFL season.

College career

Turner enrolled at the University of Washington in January 2015 and played as a defensive back for the Washington Huskies his remaining college career.[2] He was named Huskies Special Teams Player of the Week four different times in his college career and selected as the co-winner of the Special Teams MVP in the 2016 season.[2] Turner played 12 of 13 games and started one game in his sophomore season. His first start was against Stanford University, where he had a total of seven tackles.[2]

Tuner played in 13 of 14 games during his junior season in 2016. He had a tackle for loss and had an interception in the 2016 Pac-12 Football Championship Game vs. the Colorado Buffaloes.[2] He was selected as the co-winner of the Special Teams MVP award following his junior season after totaling 23 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble.[2]

Turner played all 13 games and started three games during his senior season in 2017. He totaled five tackles, including one tackle for a loss, in his season opener against the Rutgers.[2]

Turner totaled six tackles and a 41-yard interception return against the Washington State Cougars in the 110th Annual Apple Cup and was named special teams player of the week.[2]

College statistics

Washington Huskies
Year Class Position GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Total Loss Sack Int Yards Avg TD PD FR Yards TD FF
2015 Sophomore DB 12 13 9 22 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 Junior DB 13 18 5 23 2.5 0.5 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 1
2017 Senior DB 13 40 15 55 1.0 0.0 1 41 41.0 0 3 0 0
Career DB 38 71 29 100 3.5 0.5 2 41 41.0 0 4 0 1

Source:[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+12 in
(1.87 m)
212 lb
(96 kg)
31+12 in
(0.80 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 1.58 s 2.66 s 4.41 s 6.95 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
19 reps
All values from Pro Day[4]

Arizona Cardinals

Turner signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2018.[5] He played in all 16 games, finished third in the league with 16 total special teams tackles, and was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team as a special teamer.

On September 13, 2020, in the season opener, Turner blocked a punt against San Francisco 49ers' punter Mitch Wishnowsky in the first-quarter. Turner's teammate Dennis Gardeck recovered and advanced the ball five yards to the 49ers' 10-yard line.[6][7] On December 20, 2020, in Week 15, Turner blocked a punt against Philadelphia Eagles' punter Cameron Johnston in the first-quarter. The ball bounced out of bounds at the Eagles' 6-yard line, which ended the Eagles' drive on a turnover on downs. In the fourth-quarter, on fourth-and-2, Turner caught a 26-yard reception from his punter Andy Lee on a successful fake punt resulting in a first-down for the Cardinals.[8]

The Cardinals placed a restricted free agent tender on Turner on March 15, 2021.[9] He signed the one-year contract on April 19.[10] He was placed on injured reserve on October 13, 2021 with a shoulder injury.[11] He was activated on January 17, 2022.[12]

On March 18, 2022, Turner re-signed with the Cardinals.[13]

On March 15, 2023, Turner signed a one-year contract extension with the Cardinals.[14]

San Francisco 49ers

On March 20, 2024, Turner signed with the San Francisco 49ers.[15]

Professional statistics

Legend
Led the league
Bold Career high

Regular season

Career statistics Games Tackles Snaps Receiving
Season Team GP GS Total Solo Ast Def. Pct ST Pct Tgt Rec Yds
2018 ARI 16 1 16 13 3 18 2% 347 80% 0 0 0
2019 ARI 12 0 7 5 2 4 <1% 293 62% 0 0 0
2020 ARI 16 0 14 4 10 6 <1% 348 79% 1 1 26
2021 ARI 5 0 4 3 1 5 2% 95 68% 0 0 0
2022 ARI 15 1 22 12 10 107 11% 328 81% 0 0 0
2023 ARI 16 1 20 8 12 50 5% 345 83% 0 0 0
Career 80 3 83 45 38 190 1,756 1 1 26

References

  1. ^ "Undrafted Washington safety Ezekiel Turner (Glen Burnie) signs with Cardinals".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Washington Huskies". Washington Huskies. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Washington Huskies". Washington Huskies. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "2018 Draft Scout Ezekiel Turner, Washington NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 15, 2022.
  5. ^ Urban, Darren (April 30, 2018). "Cardinals Bring In 24 Undrafted Rookies". AZCardinals.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Williams, Charean (September 13, 2020). "Cardinals get blocked punt, fourth-down stop of 49ers to stay close". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  7. ^ "Punt block awakens Cardinals after slow start in first half vs. 49ers". Arizona Sports. September 13, 2020. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  8. ^ "Ezekiel Turner Proves Special In Close Win Over Eagles". www.azcardinals.com. Retrieved December 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Urban, Darren (March 15, 2021). "Cardinals Extend Tender Offers To Dennis Gardeck, Ezekiel Turner". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  10. ^ Urban, Darren (April 19, 2021). "Ezekiel Turner Signs Tender Offer To Stay With Cardinals". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  11. ^ Urban, Darren (October 13, 2021). "Maxx Williams Placed On Injured Reserve In Flurry Of Moves". AZCardinals.com.
  12. ^ Urban, Darren (January 17, 2022). "Watt A Comeback: Cardinals Officially Activate J.J. Watt". AZCardinals.com.
  13. ^ "Cardinals Agree With Linebacker Ezekiel Turner On New Contract". AZCardinals.com. March 18, 2022.
  14. ^ Urban, Darren (March 15, 2023). "Cardinals Re-Sign Will Hernandez, Ezekiel Turner". AZCardinals.com.
  15. ^ "49ers Sign LB Ezekiel Turner to a One-Year Deal". 49ers.com. March 20, 2024.

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