Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Date of Birth:  11/02/1994
Age:  26
Height  6'0"
Weight:   222
College:  Indiana
Drafted:  2016 | Round 5 | Pick 150
Depth Chart:  2nd string

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Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Eagles re-signed Jordan Howard.

There's some thought and expectation that Philadelphia might use somewhat of a committee backfield under new head coach Nick Sirianni, so this could be a good spot for Howard to remain. The former Bears starter is still just 26 years old, and he can be highly effective between the tackles and at the goal line. Last season was Howard's worst, as he didn't have much of a role in Miami before getting released and landing back with the Eagles midseason.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Eagles elevated Jordan Howard from the practice squad.

It was just a matter of time before Howard was moved up to the active roster, and it's not a surprise that it's happening ahead of tomorrow's game against the Packers. Last season, Howard totaled 115 yards and three touchdowns for Philadelphia at Green Bay, so perhaps Doug Pederson and company feel he can have more success as a north-south runner versus a Packers defense that's struggled when teams have tried to run on them the past couple of years. There's a chance he doesn't get much work at all, but you could do worse for a desperate FLEX play in Week 13.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Eagles are signing Jordan Howard to the practice squad.

This will happen after Howard clears COVID-19 protocols, which is essentially a formality. Howard obviously has familiarity with the Eagles when he was with them last season, and he was a major factor in Philadelphia's rushing attack before a mysterious neck issue derailed his 2019 season. For now, Howard will just provide depth and insurance on the practice squad, but it might just be a matter of time before he's moved up to the active roster.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Dolphins have waived Jordan Howard.

Howard has mostly been a healthy scratch after starting the year as the short-yardage back, and he will surely be happy to get a chance to contribute elsewhere. It'll be interesting to see if anyone places a claim on the veteran, but heading back to one of his former teams (Chicago or Philadelphia) would seem like a good fit. Howard just turned 26 earlier this month.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (hamstring) has returned for the Dolphins.

This is good to see for Howard after he briefly left the game with a hamstring injury. The Dolphins are attempting a comeback attempt in Foxboro, down by 11 points in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (hamstring) is questionable to return for the Dolphins.

Howard hasn't been able to get much going early in his Miami debut, but hopefully he's able to return to the field soon as the Dolphins look to comeback against the Patriots.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Dolphins are signing Jordan Howard, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Miami is "closing in" on a deal with Howard, so we expect they'll come to an agreement very soon. Howard could be a major value signing this free agency period, as he’s been under the radar because of a shoulder injury that basically wiped out the second half of the bruising running back’s lone season in Philadelphia last year. But the former Bear and Eagle is one of the NFL’s most powerful runners, and he knows how to finish games and drives. From 2016-2018, Howard was second in the league in rushing behind only Ezekiel Elliott. This should be a great signing for Miami as they look to set the tone as a physical football team under Brian Flores. The Dolphins have not been shy about targeting free agents over the past couple of days.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard will play in Week 17.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says that Howard has been cleared for contact and is good to go for the regular season finale this Sunday against the Giants. Pederson says the team game planned for Miles Sanders and Boston Scott this week, though, indicating that Howard will be the third running back as he gets back into the swing of things. Howard is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups for his first game since Week 9, but the powerful running back could be a huge boost for the Eagles in real life if they make it to the postseason.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remained limited in today's practice.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said earlier today that Howard was hopeful to get full clearance from the doctor today, so perhaps he'll get looked at later today. If Howard is not a full participant in tomorrow's practice, there'll be definite concern for his Week 17 status.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is expected to return for Week 17.

The Eagles released Jay Ajayi, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, indicating that Howard is set to get cleared from his shoulder injury and return to the lineup this Sunday against the Giants. As Philadelphia looks to clinch the NFC East and go on a playoff run, getting Howard back is a major boost for the offense. The powerful running back probably won't immediately resume lead back duties with the way rookie Miles Sanders has been playing lately, but he could potentially get a dozen or so touches to conclude the regular season and get back into the swing of things ahead of a potential postseason berth. Howard had been out since Week 9 with his mysterious shoulder issue, putting his excellent season on pause, so it's great to hear that he'll be back.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially inactive against the Cowboys.

This was fully expected, and Howard has been out since Week 9, as he is not yet cleared from his shoulder injury. Even if the Eagles win today to create a win-and-in scenario for Week 17, it’s difficult to see Howard playing next week.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

Howard does not appear likely to play against the Cowboys this weekend, as he has yet to get cleared for contact. It would be a pleasant surprise and an unexpected boost for the Eagles if he's able to play in Week 16.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remains limited in practice.

Howard has yet to be cleared for full contact, and he’ll likely be listed as questionable when the final Week 16 injury report is released tomorrow.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Howard presumably will not be making the trip to Washington for tomorrow's game against the Redskins. This will be the powerful running back's fifth consecutive missed game, and it's a mystery as to when he will be cleared for contact.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Howard—who is still not cleared for contact—hasn't played since Week 9, and the injury remains a mystery. Fantasy owners probably can't count on him returning for Week 16, but the veteran would be a huge boost to the running game if/when he's back. Miles Sanders should remain an upside RB2 on Sunday, and Boston Scott is worth considering as a FLEX option.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Week 15.

The Eagles continue to hope that Howard will be able to get cleared and return to the lineup, but it’s difficult to feel good about his status for Sunday. Hopefully Howard suddenly gets cleared and can play, though.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remains limited in practice.

Howard has yet to be cleared for contact, which is really unfortunate. The final Week 15 injury report will be out on Friday, but we’ll let you know if anything changes before then.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially inactive for the Eagles.

Howard remains week-to-week with his stinger, but it continues to look like the powerful running back unfortunately will not play again this season. Howard has been out for over a month (since November 3).

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Week 14.

Howard is still not cleared for contact, and it's difficult to wait and expect him to get cleared by Monday night. Most fantasy owners will have to use someone from tomorrow's games in fantasy lineups, as Howard is likely to be ruled out on gameday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remains limited in practice.

Howard has yet to be cleared for contact, and there seems to be no telling when he will be cleared. Expect Howard to remain limited in practice the next couple of days, but we'll let you know if he happens to get cleared for contact and can begin practicing fully. The Eagles will release their final Week 14 injury report on Saturday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 13.

Howard presumably is not making the trip to Miami for tomorrow's game against the Dolphins. This shoulder situation is very concerning, and it continues to feel like there's a chance we don't see Howard on the field again this season. Miles Sanders will again lead the Eagles backfield tomorrow and is in the RB2 mix. Howard should be considered week-to-week, but hopefully his mysterious shoulder issue gets better soon.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.

Howard is still not cleared for full contact, and it’s difficult to see him playing this week against the Dolphins. The powerful running back has been on the same track the last couple of weeks, being listed as questionable before not playing on Sunday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) remains limited in practice.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said this would be the case earlier today, and Howard is indeed not yet cleared for contact. It’s difficult to be optimistic about Howard’s status given the mystery surrounding his shoulder issue, but hopefully he’s able to get cleared by Friday when the final Week 13 injury report is out.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially inactive for Week 12.

Howard continues to deal with his shoulder stinger suffered in Week 9, so it’s quite surprising that he’s still out for the Eagles (some have speculated Howard’s injury is worse than the team is indicating). Miles Sanders did not receive a heavy workload during Howard’s absence last week, but he’s expected to be more involved today against the Seahawks and is the preferred fantasy option from Philadelphia’s backfield.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Week 12.

Howard has yet to be cleared for full contact from his stinger suffered back in Week 9, which has some speculating that the bruising running back’s issue is worse than is being let on. Nevertheless, Howard was also questionable last week before being ruled out, so he might be on the wrong side of 50/50 for this Sunday against the Seahawks. The good news is Howard’s status will be known by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remains limited in practice.

Howard apparently has yet to get the OK for contact while dealing with his stinger, so his Week 12 status remains in doubt. Hopefully Howard is up to a full participant for tomorrow (in which case he would probably avoid landing on the final injury report), but the good news is the Eagles play at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Howard is apparently still yet to be cleared for contact, so his Week 12 status remains up in the air until he can get a full practice in. We’ll keep you updated on Howard’s practice level the next couple of days.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially inactive for Week 11.

This is a huge loss for the Eagles as they take on the Patriots, and rookie running back Miles Sanders is set for a heavier workload, with Boston Scott and recent signing Jay Ajayi mixing in. Howard is still not cleared for contact after suffering a stinger in Week 9 against the Bears, but hopefully the powerful running back is good to go for next week against the Seahawks.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable for Week 11.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says that Howard is dealing with a “stinger” from the Bears game a couple of weeks ago and has not been cleared for contact, so the bruising running back is now working against the clock as he looks to get cleared in time for Sunday afternoon. With the Eagles not kicking off until 4:25 PM ET, fantasy owners planning to use Howard need a backup plan in place from the later slate of games.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) officially remain limited in practice.

Howard is not thought to be in danger of missing this Sunday against the Patriots, but his status is worth monitoring after two consecutive limited practices to start the week. We'll let update you with Howard's status on the Week 11 injury report when it's released tomorrow.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard racks up 24 touches in Eagles' win.

Howard carried 23 times for 96 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 15 yards in the Eagles' big Week 8 win at Buffalo. The rushing attack really got going when Philadelphia built a lead, but Howard ran the ball well throughout the day, moving forward to pick up positive yardage on his carries, as usual. Howard was surprisingly out of the game for a second-half carry down by the goal line, which Boston Scott scored on, but fantasy owners have to be happy with the workload and performance for the bruising back. A heavy workload for Howard appears to be a recipe success for the Eagles, and the former Bear will now face his former team next Sunday after he was dealt for just a sixth-round pick in the offseason. Through eight games, Howard is on pace for 200 carries for 886 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns along with 18 receptions for 136 yards and two receiving touchdowns. It would be a disappointment if his pace does not increase closer to the 225-250-carry range in the second half of the season, especially as the weather gets colder.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores three times in win over the Packers.

Howard rushed 15 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns, also adding three receptions for 21 yards and another score as a receiver. Overall, Philadelphia’s blocking was excellent, but it helped that they finally committed to Howard on early downs, as he consistently picked up positive yardage thanks to his elite power and vision. Miles Sanders will remain involved, but Howard earned more touches and will be firmly on the FLEX radar for a Week 5 matchup against the Jets.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks up team's backfield.

Talking on NFL Network's NFL Total Access, Pederson said that Howard was very productive in his first two seasons with the Bears but that things changed when head coach Matt Nagy took over in Chicago last year. Pederson then said, "I've always liked Jordan Howard and what he's done in his young career. He's one of the top running backs, when you look at some of the production numbers. He's one of the top guys, he's up there with some of those big-time running backs." Pederson is happy with the "stability" Howard brings to the running back position for the Eagles, but he also added that they felt "real comfortable" with second-round running back Miles Sanders, too. The fact that Pederson called Howard "one of the top running backs" in terms of production indicates he's the early leader to start for Philadelphia and could be more of a clear backfield leader than many are anticipating. Howard is third in the league in rushing since being drafted in 2016, and he'll likely be the main goal-line option on what should be one of NFL's best offenses this season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard expects to be used more diversely with the Eagles.

According to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the former Bears running backs said, "I feel like [the Eagles are] allowing me to do more, show my game off more instead of just being one-dimensional like Chicago had me." Howard added that the Bears had a certain view of him and didn't really utilize him in the passing game despite his putting in work to improve in the area, as well as adding that the Eagles "do a lot more in the run game" and that he should be used as more than just an inside-zone runner like was with the Bears. Second-round pick Miles Sanders is likely to get a good number of touches as a rookie, but Howard has the third-most rushing yards in the league since getting drafted in 2016 and is probably the favorite for goal-line carries in what should be an explosive offense this season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Eagles have traded for Jordan Howard.

Philadelphia is only trading a 2020 sixth-round pick that can become a fifth-round pick, so this is an absolute steal for them. Through three NFL seasons, Howard has 3,370 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns, but his production took a step back in Matt Nagy's offense last year, dropping to 935 rushing yards after he rushed for totals of 1,313 (second in the NFL behind only Ezekiel Elliott) and 1,122 yards his first two years. It's surprising that the Bears weren't able to get more than this for Howard, and the Eagles will insert the 24-year-old right into their offense as the lead back, which could lead to big-time fantasy value behind one of the league's better offensive lines. This probably means Jay Ajayi won't be re-signing in Philadelphia, and it makes it less likely the Eagles draft a running back high in next month's draft. Howard's move from the Bears to the Eagles is probably a slight boost to his fantasy value after his usage was inconsistent in 2018, but Philly sometimes goes away from the run certain weeks, too.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed ten times for 35 yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.

Howard was targeted once in the passing game, resulting in an incompletion. The Bears decided to air it out 43 times in their first playoff game of the Matt Nagy era, and it's fair to wonder if they would have been better off pounding the ball with their powerful back against a defense that is vulnerable on the ground. Howard was brought up in trade rumors all last offseason, and it's possible a move becomes a reality before next year. If he remains in Chicago, Howard should be a prime bounce-back candidate and a real threat for 1,000 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores twice in Week 17 win over the Vikings.

Howard rushed 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns, also adding a five-yard reception. The 24-year-old didn't reach 1,000 yards for the first time in three NFL seasons, but he's really emerged down the stretch with 88 carries for 399 yards (4.5 YPC) and four touchdowns in December. Overall, Howard rushed 250 times for 935 yards (3.7 YPC) and nine touchdowns in Matt Nagy's offense. The Indiana product will look to wear down opponent's in January, starting next week against the Eagles.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores in Week 16.

Howard carried 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 17 yards against the Niners. This is two straight weeks with a touchdown for Howard, but this was his lowest attempt total since Thanksgiving against the Lions. Howard has a very tough matchup next week against the Vikings, but he’ll hopefully be good for at least another 12+ carries as the Bears look to get the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores against the Packers.

Howard carried 19 times for 60 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for 15 yards in the Bears' NFC North-clinching Week 15 victory. Howard wasn't extremely efficient numbers wise, but it's good to see Chicago handing their bruising runner the ball late in the season, as he has carry totals of 16, 19, and 19 the last three weeks. This was Howard's first touchdown since Week 9, and he'll look to keep it going next week against San Francisco.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard goes over 100 yards against the Rams.

Howard carried 19 times for 101 yards and had one reception for two yards in the Bears’ Week 14 win. It was in some ways a quiet 100 yards for Howard in what was a sloppy game on both sides, but he ran the ball well and slashed through the defense for positive yardage throughout the night. This was Howard’s first 100-yard game of the season in what’s been a disappointing year statistically, and he’ll look to keep it going in Week 15 against the Packers. Howard had 82 yards rushing against Green Bay in Week 1.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 17 touches against the Giants.

Howard carried 16 times for 76 yards and caught one pass for four yards in the Bears' overtime loss. This was Howard's highest yardage total since Week 8, as he ran well and took advantage of some big holes opened up by his offensive line. For the first week of the fantasy playoffs next week against the Rams, Howard would probably be a stronger fantasy option with Mitchell Trubisky back in the lineup

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard bottled in Week 12 win.

Howard rushed seven times for 13 yards, also adding a two-yard reception. The Bears didn't really try to establish the running game with Chase Daniel under center, and it led to another disappointing outing for Howard. Perhaps the cold weather down the stretch will allow the Indiana product to pay dividends for fantasy owners, but he's a low-floor FLEX next week in New Jersey against the Giants.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 19 touches against the Vikings.

Howard carried 18 times for 63 yards and added one reception for two yards in the Bears' Sunday night victory. There wasn't a ton of running room for Howard throughout the game, but he pushed forward for positive yardage and received more work than Tarik Cohen (ten touches). Next up, Howard plays on Thanksgiving against a Lions team that limited him to 21 rushing yards on 11 attempts last week.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard bottled up in Week 10 victory.

Howard rushed 11 times for 21 yards, also adding an 11-yard reception in a 34-22 win over the Lions. It was another positive game script that didn't result in strong fantasy results for the Indiana product, as Chicago continues doing damage through the air. Howard has rushed for just 460 yards and 3.4 yards per carry this season, so he needs to be downgraded to weekly low-end RB2/FLEX status heading into next Sunday night's matchup with the Vikings.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores twice against the Bills.

This was a game that set up nicely for Howard, as the Bears were heavy favorites and ended up blowing out the Bills. Howard had 14 carries for 47 yards and two touchdowns, with the first score coming at the goal line and the second score coming on an 18-yard carry where he ran over a defender. At the midway point in the season, Howard is on pace for 252 carries, 878 rushing yards, ten rushing touchdowns, 22 receptions, and 174 receiving yards. Ten rushing touchdowns would be a career-high, but the yardage is obviously much lower than the two-time 1,100-yard back's first two seasons. Howard's usage has been up and down in Matt Nagy's offense, but fantasy owners just need to hope he's fed the ball more as the weather gets colder.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores in Week 8.

Howard carried 22 times for 81 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's 24-10 victory versus the Jets. The score came by the goal line to make it a two-possession game midway through the fourth quarter. Howard's usage is likely to remain inconsistent, but he should be a solid option with 20-carry upside in games the Bears are favorites. He faces the Bills in Week 9.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores against the Patriots.

Howard carried 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown along with one reception for nine yards (on a very nice twisting catch where he showed great hands). The touchdown came by the goal line, and none of Howard's attempts went for more than six yards in the game. Tarik Cohen received six carries (for 14 yards) along with eight receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the loss. This is the type of game Howard has been having this season, but we'll see if the Bears hand him the ball more against the Jets in Week 8.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard fumbles in Bears' loss.

Howard carried 14 times for 69 yards, but he had a costly fumble on a goal line carry. But it was a good sing the Bears didn't shy away from their lead runner after that, and the third-year back popped a couple of nice runs in overtime to gets his yardage total up to a solid number. Tarik Cohen broke a 21-yard touchdown run and was heavily involved as a receiver, and his impact puts a slight dent into Howard's fantasy value. Still, Howard is at least an RB2 option next week against the Patriots, and it's possible New England focuses on stopping the pass and locking up in the red zone against a young quarterback.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard bottled up in Week 4 win.

On a day where the Bears exploded for 48 points, Howard rushed 11 times for 25 yards. The 23-year-old is on pace for just 812 rushing yards and four touchdowns at the quarter mark of the season, and he's been held at or below 2.5 yards per carry in each of the past three games. Still, he's too good not to put up numbers eventually, and right now is a prime buy-low opportunity for Howard as the Bears head into their Week 5 bye. Consider him an RB1 option against the Dolphins in a couple weeks.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores in Bears' win.

The Cardinals limited Howard on the ground for the most part, but he was able to punch in a goal-line score—something Arizona has been unable to stop this season—to help make it a productive fantasy day. Overall, Howard had 24 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 20 yards. It's a really good sign to see him continuing to play well as a receiver after all the talk about him being unable to contribute in that department. Howard is a strong option next week against Tampa Bay.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard held in check on 17 touches.

Howard rushed 14 times for 35 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards in a 24-17 victory over Seattle. The star runner had a good matchup against Seattle's banged-up linebackers entering the week, but Mychal Kendricks started and played great after being signed late in the week. Howard gets a more difficult matchup next week against Arizona's front, but he's still a solid RB1/RB2 option that should find the end zone soon. Also, he's shown very well as a receiver through two games.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 20 touches in loss to the Packers.

Howard carried 15 times for 82 rushing yards and added five receptions (on five targets) for 25 receiving yards in the Sunday night game. It was only one game, but for a primetime audience, Howard probably shut everyone up that claims he cannot catch; he was very reliable as an outlet for Mitchell Trubisky, and he appears to be a good bet for a few catches per game this season. It is slightly concerning that Tarik Cohen was so involved on offense earlier, but Howard still had three times as many carries as him. Howard is a strong option in Week 2 against the Seahawks.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Bears head coach Matt Nagy says Jordan Howard is a three-down back.

Ever since Nagy was hired as Chicago’s head coach, some narrative that Howard was going to be traded or have his role on offense significantly scaled back was started. Nagy basically put that to bed today when he said, “There's this notion that he is just a first- and second-down back, and I don't believe that. Jordan can play all three downs. We're going to do that. We're going to use him and we're going to use other guys on first and second down when we need to. It's important for Jordan to know and for everybody on our offense to know that he's a big part of this. This kid's had a very successful career so far. We're crazy as coaches if we don't understand it and if we don't use that to our advantage." Of course the explosive second-year “Human Joystick” Tarik Cohen and others are going to mix in, but Howard should remain a huge part of the Bears offense after he was among the league’s most productive runners his first two NFL seasons. Howard is an absolute steal in the fourth round of fantasy drafts, which is where he’s going in some cases.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard says he’s going to fix his catching issues.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Howard said: “It started being a problem in high school, just not having my hands in the right position. I didn’t work on it that much in college because we didn’t really throw to the backs that much. But I’m going to fix it.” Howard has a respectable 52 receptions through two NFL seasons, and this talk of him not being able to catch the ball is probably a bit overblown; however, it’s still great to hear he thinks it’s an area he can improve at and intends to work at. Howard’s role as a runner in Chicago’s offense isn’t in question, and improved ability as a receiver would help him stay on the field more.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Bears head coach Matt Nagy says Jordan Howard's role could be "game-specific."

Obviously, fantasy owners of Howard would like to hear that he's going to get 20-25+ carries every single game, but this isn't the worst news in the world. Nagy talked about how sharp Howard is as a player and said he can't wait to see him in training camp when the pads get on; but a reporter asked whether Howard will be a "bell-cow" type of runner in his offense, and Nagy responded by saying that the third-year running back has certainly shown he can do that but thinks it's "more game specific whether or not you need that." People might blow this out of proportion, but Howard had 19 or less carries 11 times during his rookie season (when he was second in the league in rushing with 1,313 yards) and ten times during last season (when he had 1,122 yards). And overall, with Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich now running the offense, Howard and the Bears should have more scoring chances this season. Howard is still a good bet for a very solid workload over the course of the season, and he should still be an early-round selection in all fantasy drafts this summer.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Bears HC Matt Nagy: Jordan Howard will "absolutely" be team's lead back this year.

This offseason, some concern arose amid fake news stating that Howard was not going to be a fit in Nagy's offense. Things escalated when Howard apparently deleted/hid all of his Bears photos on Instagram, with many anticipating a trade. However, today Howard said his agent was told that he would not be traded, and Nagy just made it clear that the team's workhorse over the last two years will remain the feature back. Nagy did say others will be used in the backfield—including the explosive second-year back Tarik Cohen—but this probably won't be a legit committee. Howard was one of the league's most productive runners over the last two seasons, and he should be a big part of Chicago's offense in 2018. And considering the Bears could be on the rise offensively with some added players, along with Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich leading the way, Howard should have a lot of scoring upside this year.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard says last year's offense was "pretty much basic."

Howard is excited about new head coach Matt Nagy, stating on NFL Network that last year he felt like "everybody knew what we were going to do, they knew what was coming pretty much every play so it was pretty easy for them to stop us." The workhorse back says he thinks the new offense under Nagy and new offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich will be "a lot more creative and have defenses off balance." Through two seasons, Howard is a two-time 1,100-yard rusher, totaling 528 carries for 2,435 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns, and he should remain a 250+ carry guy heading into his third season. Howard would benefit if Mitchell Trubisky and the entire offense take a jump forward in 2018, and the bruising back should have a very good mix of floor and upside in fantasy drafts this summer.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Vikings shut down Jordan Howard in Week 17.

Howard had nine carries for nine yard and one reception for five yards in the regular season finale loss. The second-year back's regulars season ends with 276 carries for 1,122 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns along with 23 receptions for 125 receiving yards. While it wasn't quite as impressive as his spectacular rookie season, Howard still had an excellent year; and remember, he did deal with a shoulder injury for much of the beginning of the season. He's clearly worth a selection in the first two rounds of 2018 fantasy drafts, especially if Chicago's offense takes a step forward.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores twice in Bears' win.

Cleveland did a nice job of playing strong defense up front to limit Chicago's running game, as Howard averaged only two yards per carry. But he scored twice, making it a very good fantasy day in the first week of fantasy championships. Overall, Howard had 22 carries for 44 yards and two touchdown in the Week 17 victory, punching in a goal-line touchdown in the first quarter before running for a 16-yard touchdown in the third. Howard has a difficult matchup with the Vikings next week, but he's ran well against them in his two-year career and should be locked into fantasy lineups to end the season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 14 touches in Week 15.

Detroit had a gameplan of stopping the run and not allowing Howard to beat them, which led to a subpar stat line for Howard. Down for most of the game, the Bears abandoned the run game a bit, which didn't allow him many opportunities to have a big game against the Lions. Howard had ten carries for 37 yards and added four receptions for 26 yards in the loss. The second-year back is a good bet to have more opportunities on the ground next week against the Browns, and he should remain in fantasy lineups for the first week of the fantasy championships.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores twice against the Bengals.

Howard had one of his best games of the season, bouncing back from a couple of subpar performances over the last two weeks. The second-year back had 23 carries for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while adding an eight-yard reception in the win. Though next week's game is in a dome, Howard is a guy that should improve as the weather gets cold and defenses will be less eager to tackle him. Keep him in lineups next week when he plays the Lions.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 14 touches in Week 13.

Howard had 13 carries for 38 yards and one reception for -5 yards against the 49ers. Chicago didn't run many plays in this one, so Howard didn't really get enough opportunities to get going or pop any long runs. His last couple of weeks have been less than ideal, but Howard is too good to leave out of fantasy lineups for the first round of the fantasy playoffs next week.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Eagles shut down Jordan Howard in Week 12.

The league's third leading rusher going into the game simply had no room to run against the Eagles, gaining six yards on seven attempts and adding two receptions for 13 yards. He should find a lot more room to run next week against the 49ers, so you shouldn't be worried about having him in your lineup as an RB1.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed 15 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Howard ran hard all afternoon, and he was able to break a 50-yard run and score from 12 yards out. The second-year back hasn't been a factor as a receiver in either of the past two games, but he's obviously an every-week RB1. Chicago should pound it with Howard next week in Philadelphia to try to upset the 9-1 Eagles.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed 15 times for 54 yards in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Howard was held in check for the most part against Green Bay, as he had a 25-yard rush, but gained just 29 yards on his other 14 attempts. Despite Mitchell Trubisky throwing it 35 times, Howard wasn't a factor in the passing game. Chicago's offensive centerpiece should bounce back next week against Detroit. Keep him in lineups as a solid RB1.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 26 touches against the Saints.

It was another productive day for Howard, who went over 100 yards rushing for the third time this season. He carried 23 times for 102 yards and added three receptions (on five targets) for 19 yards in a Bears' loss. Unfortunately, Tarik Cohen did score a one-yard touchdown at the goal line, which people that have Howard would have liked to have gone to their guy, but they'll take another solid fantasy day. Through eight games, the second-year back is one pace for 324 carries, 1,324 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 28 receptions, and 156 receiving yards. And remember, Howard battled through a shoulder injury that appeared to affect him in Weeks 1 and 2. Those that spent a first- or second-round pick on the bruising back have to be happy with his repeat of his great rookie season so far.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 21 carries against Carolina.

The Bears had an extremely run-heavy gameplan in which Mitchell Trubisky only threw seven passes the entire game, but the Panthers did a nice job limiting Howard—until the end of the game when Chicago ran out the clock. Overall, Howard had 21 carries for 65 yards in the game. Howard should find more room to run against the Saints in Week 8, and he is of course an RB1.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard carries the Bears to overtime victory against the Ravens.

Howard rushed 36 times for 167 yards, including a 53-yard run in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. He also caught a nine-yard pass. Perhaps the most under-appreciated player in the NFL, Howard proved once again that he's an elite player who's capable of single-handedly carrying his team. The second-year back is on pace for another 1,300-yard season, and he'll look to keep it going against the Panthers next Sunday. Whether or not they have linebacker Luke Kuechly, Howard needs to be in all fantasy lineups.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushes 19 times against the Vikings.

With a rookie quarterback in for Chicago, Minnesota seemed determined to stop Howard after what he did to them last season as a rookie. The second-year back ended up with 76 yards on his 19 carries, and he had no receptions in the passing game. He did leave briefly for what looked like it might have been a shoulder issue again, but he quickly returned after a couple plays. Howard could face a Ravens defense that isn't as tough on the ground as you might think, as nose tackle Brandon Williams could be out again. Howard is an RB1 in that matchup either way.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard plays tough and scores in Week 4 loss.

The second-year running back again battled through his shoulder injury, carrying 18 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for ten yards against the Packers. The Packers seemed focused on stopping the run, but Howard still grinded out some yardage, including the touchdown which came by the goal line. Howard also exited the game briefly a couple of times, but he showed his toughness by returning each time—even at the very end of the game with the results realistically locked up. Howard doesn't have any easy matchup against the Vikings in Week 5 on Monday night, but he torched them on the ground last year on Monday Night Football.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard provides toughness, clutch play in Bears' Week 3 win over the Steelers.

Playing with a painful sprained AC joint, Howard rushed 23 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning 19-yard run in overtime. He also caught five passes for 26 yards, both of which led the team, and lost a fumble, but he more than made up for it. Howard probably won't get the attention or recognition he deserves for his performance, but you might not see a better one all year. A lot of fantasy "experts" wrote him off after Week 2, but that was clearly a huge mistake. Howard is an elite player, but he's probably more of a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2 for Thursday night's game in Green Bay, as he only has a few days to recover from his workhorse effort as he played through an injury.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) re-enters game.

Howard only missed a few plays after getting his shoulder looked at, but he's back out there against the Steelers with his team up by three points late in the third quarter.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) exits game against the Steelers.

Howard landed on his arm after a nice run and he was having his shoulder looked at on the sideline. Howard's shoulder appeared to limit Howard last week, but he was left off the injury report for today's game and looked to be fine throughout the game. The second-year back didn't appear to be in too much pain or discomfort, so hopefully he's OK and able to re-enter the game.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard is playing with a sprained AC joint, according to Ian Rapoport.

Howard was limited last week against the Buccaneers with the shoulder injury, but he participated all week in practice and was a full participant in practice on Friday. Because the second-year back was not listed on the injury report, he's expected to be fine for today's game and should be in fantasy lineups. Perhaps expectations should be tempered, but the Bears should've listed him on the injury report if his shoulder issue was going to be an issue for today.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) can't get anything going in Week 2.

Howard had only seven yards on nine carries against the Bucs. He didn't receive touches in the second half, but he was in the game. Perhaps because the Bears were down by 26 at halftime and couldn't get anything going on offense, they decided to abandon the run game early—but Howard certainly would have liked to get more touches in the game. Hopefully Howard gets more work next week against the Steelers, but it's a difficult matchup so he does have some definite risk while also dealing with this shoulder issue. We'll see how Howard is listed on the injury report throughout the week.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is active for the Bears in Week 2.

This was the expectation and it's now official. Maybe dynamic rookie Tarik Cohen will get some more work, but Howard should get plenty of touches if he's active for the game. He should be in your lineup as an RB1.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is expected to play today against the Bucs, according to Adam Schefter.

Howard was a limited participant in practice all week and is listed as questionable for the game, but he should be good to go. Check back in when the active/inactives come in at 11:30 AM ET, but expect to be able to have Howard in your fantasy lineup.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 2.

Howard was again a limited participant in practice today, which is what he's been all week. He's expected to play in the game, but there's definitely a chance he won't have his normal workload. Howard is still too good to be out of lineups against the Bucs. Be sure to check back in on Sunday morning to make sure he's active for the game.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited in practice today.

It's the second straight day Jordan has been only a limited participant in practice. There isn't a lot of concern about him being ready for Sunday, but check back for his status when the official injury report for the game is released tomorrow.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited in Bears practice today.

The second-year back likely did something to his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, because he wasn't on the injury report last week. He should be fine, though. We'll update you on his practice status tomorrow.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard gets 16 touches in Week 1.

The second-year back had 13 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 14 yards versus the Falcons. Howard did have a drop near the goal line at the end of the game when the Bears had a chance to go ahead, but it didn't look like he would've gotten into the end zone. Rookie Tarik Cohen actually had 13 touches behind Howard, which is a slight concern, but Howard should still be a solid RB1 after finishing second in the NFL in rushing as a rookie last season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed 12 times for 45 yards in the Bears' third preseason game.

He looks ready for the regular season, as he consistently picked up tough yardage against a stingy Titans front. Howard should be a first-round pick in standard leagues.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard will not play in the Bears' second preseason game.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Howard suffered a corneal abrasion in the team's walkthrough today and didn't travel to Arizona for their exhibition game. A corneal abrasion is basically just a scratched eye, so while it's probably hurting and bothering Howard right now, he should be fine. It's not a big deal that Howard will miss the game, and Chicago's offensive centerpiece might play in the Bears' dress rehearsal third preseason game on Thursday.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard plays a few snaps in opening preseason game.

Howard had three carries for four yards against the Broncos. Chicago probably isn't going to give their offensive centerpiece a ton of work this preseason, as he should have a big workload during the regular season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Bears running backs coach Curtis Modkins gives very high praise of Jordan Howard.

Modkins spoke to Larry Mayer, a senior writer of the Chicago Bears' official site, and was asked who Howard remind him of, and he said “I had Larry Johnson before; he has a little bit of that. He’s big and strong like Marshawn [Lynch] was. He has a little bit of Fred Jackson in him. I’ve been very impressed with what he’s done before. Those are good players and he’s a really good player. Marshawn was a big, strong guy. Larry had really good vision and could see, and Fred had a really high football IQ. Jordan has a little bit of all of that.” That's obviously lofty praise for the second-year back, as Johnson and Lynch were All-Pros, and Jackson was a very productive player in the league. Howard is the clear centerpiece of the Bears offense, and he is a great second-round pick in fantasy drafts this season.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

The Bears believe Jordan Howard has a lot of potential.

Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune writes, "the Bears believe [Howard] can be a major offensive catalyst." The second-year back is reportedly working on his speed and acceleration in preparation for this season, and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains says the young running back "hasn't scratched the surface of what he can be." As a rookie, Howard was second in the NFL in rushing last season and averaged 5.2 yards per carry, but everyone has room to improve and it's great that Howard has a good head on his shoulders and realizes that. Some are scared of a sophomore slump for Howard (basically because of what happened with Todd Gurley last season), but the Bears have a solid offensive line—he should be just fine. Howard is well worth a selection at his current second round ADP.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard said he's "definitely trying to be the No. 1 rusher" in the NFL.

Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi said something similar at his minicamp. According to the Chicago Tribune, Howard wants to drop ten pounds and get to 225. Dropping weight for running backs is almost always a good idea, as it makes them quicker. LeSean McCoy is a great example of cutting weight being a benefit, while Eddie Lacy has struggled to stay healthy as he gained weight compared to earlier in his career. Howard was OK as a receiver out of the backfield as a rookie, and he "expects" a bigger role in the passing game this season. He had eye surgery in the offseason to improve his vision, and that should really help improve his pass catching ability. Howard will be a workhorse-type back this season, and he's a great standard league selection early in fantasy drafts.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard is "noticeably slimmer" than last season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

For running backs (and almost all players—skill players at least) getting slimmer seems to be a good thing and keeps them more athletic and agile. LeSean McCoy, for example, has benefited from cutting weight in the past. Naturally, lower weight makes you feel quicker because it doesn't take as much force to move. As long as Howard didn't lose strength (he said he focused on keeping his strength and power while losing the weight), this should be a positive sign. Howard also said he doesn't want to stay off the field. The Bears are expected to rely heavily on Howard this season. They added Tarik Cohen, an electric receiving back, in the draft, but Howard shouldn't have his fantasy value impacted too much as the center of the offense. Howard should maybe be downgraded in PPR leagues, but in standard leagues he should be an excellent second round pick.

Jordan Howard rushed 23 times for 135 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings.

Quietly, Jordan Howard has produced 1,313 yards on 252 carries (5.2 YPC) and six touchdowns as a rookie. He also caught 29 passes for 298 yards and another score. The rookie has been absolutely phenomenal for a three-win Bears team. Howard should be a first round pick in all fantasy drafts next season, and looks like a rock-solid RB1 for years to come.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Once again Jordan Howard goes over 100 yards.

Howard had 18 carries for 119 yards and one catch for nine yards against the Redskins. He has proven to be a great find in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, and a case can be made that Howard should have been heading to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season. Howard will end his rookie year next week against the Vikings, who he dominated earlier in the year.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Howard totals 100 yards again for the Bears.

The rookie rushed 17 times for 90 yards and one touchdown, adding four catches for 23 yards. Howard was bothered by an ankle injury at one point, but he toughed it out and scored a clutch touchdown in the 4th quarter to put the Bears within three. He'll be an RB1 next week as the Bears host the Redskins.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed 13 times for 86 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

He added two catches for 24 yards. The rookie has been the brightest spot of the Bears' season, and probably deserved some more touches than he got yesterday. Either way, he has proven to be a solid RB1--which he will be next week against Green Bay--and is the guy for Chicago heading into 2017.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard scores three times in Bears' Week 13 win.

Howard was fed 32 carries and had 117 yards and three touchdowns. He only had 3.7 yards per carry in the game, but the Bears kept feeding the beast and he made fantasy owners very happy. Howard has been balling as a rookie and will be a solid RB1 against the Lions next week.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard rushed 18 times for 84 yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

He added three catches for 43 yards. The rookie out of Indiana has complete control over the Bears backfield, and still had a solid game with Chicago trailing throughout. Averaging 5.1 yards per carry, Howard is at worst a high-end RB2 for next week versus the Niners.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Jordan Howard ran for 77 yards on 17 carries Sunday and tacked on a 22-yard reception as well, but did not cross the goal line.

It was a story of two halves for the Chicago rookie. With 72 halftime yards on 12 carries, he looked like a sure bet to be the first back to run for 100 yards against the Giants defense this season. But five second-half carries garnered just five more yards as Chicago’s offense was shut down. Howard is a high-end RB2.

Jordan Howard | Eagles RB

Howard impresses again, rushes for 100 yards in Bears' loss.

The rookie rushed 15 times for 100 yards despite the Bears getting blown out by the Bucs (36-10). Howard did lose a fumble, but that shouldn't impact his lead back status. Keep him in your lineup as a high-end RB2 this week against the Giants.

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