RB Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears
|6-0, 230||Born: 11-2-1994||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Jordan Howard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 18 vs PHI (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
There was not a lot of room for Howard to run through this week, so the Bears quickly abandoned the run and went with a pass-heavy game plan. Howard saw the ball just 10 times in this game and while he was able to convert a critical third and 10 on a draw play that saw Howard use his power to carry a defender for a first down that set up a shorter field goal.
2018 Week 17 vs MIN (21 / 109 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard is finally getting out of his 2018 slump and a major reason for that is Kyle Long's return. Howard was near dominant in this game consistently gaining positive yards and ended up finding the end zone twice inside the ten-yard line. The play of the game came on the Bears first offensive snap and set the tone of the entire game which was a 40-yard rush from Howard. Howard ran the ball right behind Kyle Long who created a monster hole for Howard to run through and Howard was able to zig-zag up the field as he got Harrison Smith turned around. Howard did also have a 25-yard reception called back in this game on a screen pass due to offensive holding that would have made for an even bigger day for the Bears running back.
2018 Week 16 vs SF (13 / 53 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
This was a very typical Jordan Howard game in that he didn't have a highlight play as his longest run was just 9 yards in this game, but he took what the 49ers gave him in that he consistently was moving the pile and gaining positive yardage for the Bears this week. Howard did find the end-zone for the second straight game on a play in which Howard ran straight up the middle for a two-yard score.
2018 Week 15 vs GB (19 / 60 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Bears had very little success running the ball in this one, but the best sign for Jordan Howard was they remained committed to it. Howard saw 19 carries in this game and while he did not have a carry longer than 9 yards, he made his longest carry of the day count. Howard in the first quarter was able to get the Bears on the board with a nine-yard touchdown run in which they pulled Trey Burton from the right side of the line to the left side of the line which created a huge hole for Howard to run through.
2018 Week 14 vs LAR (19 / 101 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Howard looked great this week and it was largely due to the Rams struggling linebackers which allowed Howard to get to the second level in this one. The biggest benefit for Howard is that the Bears have now committed to him for two consecutive weeks as Howard is a volume based runner and it has paid off significantly as he was able to wear down this Rams defense and break a 21-yard run in the fourth-quarter off-tackle.
2018 Week 13 vs NYG (16 / 76 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Bears went with some unique blocking schemes to get their run game going this week. This included a play in the first quarter in which left tackle Charles Leno pulled to the right sealed the edge as Jordan Howard ran off tackle following Leno for a 22-yard gain. The offensive line played very well in this game giving Howard room to run which he is not going to create his own lanes or make defenders miss so it is critical that the offensive line plays to their ability to get the running game going as the Bears head into the playoffs.
2018 Week 12 vs DET (7 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard continues to struggle for the Bears and it is seemingly getting worse. Howard struggled to get anything going in this game and as a result, the Bears abandoned going back to the running back on the ground as he saw just seven carries in this game with his long being for four yards. While Howard continues to look exceptionally slow this season the struggles are not entirely his fault. The loss of Kyle Long continues to have a massive impact on the interior of this offensive line.
2018 Week 11 vs MIN (18 / 63 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
This was a typical Jordan Howard game as he was not special, but got the team 4-6 yards when they needed it to keep the offense moving. Howard who is limited in his skill-set did not have a carry longer than 8 yards in this game as he is looking for a hole and looking to push the defender forward instead of eluding the defender as we saw this week.
2018 Week 10 vs DET (11 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Howard struggled to get anything going this week as he seemingly was bottled up for most of the game. The Bears consistently tried to run up the middle only to find Damon Harrison eating up a lot of that space causing there to be nowhere for Howard to run.
2018 Week 9 vs BUF (14 / 47 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard wasn't great in this game outside of a run late in the second quarter in which Howard cut outside on an inside handoff and ran over a defender at the five-yard line in order to get in for the 18-yard score. Outside of this spectacular run, Howard was the plodder that we have seen at times just running straight ahead and taking what the defense gave him as he had just two carries outside of the touchdown in which he ran for more than 5 yards.
2018 Week 8 vs NYJ (22 / 81 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This was a throwback type game for Jordan Howard that we had seen the past two seasons in which the running back saw a high number of touches and wore down the opposing defense with his physical running style only to burst a big play in the fourth quarter after wearing the defense down. Howard was able to run for 24 yards on a play in which was set up by left tackle Charles Leno who did a tremendous job pulling to the right side to seal linebacker Jordan Jenkins allowing Howard to have a big hole.
2018 Week 7 vs NE (12 / 39 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Howard found very little room in this game as the Patriots stacked the box for most of the game. Howard's longest run of the day was just six yards as the Bears offensive line struggled to get a push and get to the second-level allowing the linebackers of the Patriots to step up and meet Howard in the hole.
2018 Week 6 vs MIA (14 / 69 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard's snap counts continue to fall in this offense as he saw just 52% of the plays this week which is a concern for the running back although Matt Nagy came out and said that it was not a sign of things to come. Howard made a critical mistake in the second quarter when he fumbled on the goal line in the second quarter. Outside of the fumble, Howard was productive throughout the game including 7 of his 14 carries that went for 7 yards or longer as he was hitting the hole and getting to the second level with ease.
2018 Week 4 vs TB (11 / 25 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With this game turning to a blowout very quickly, you would think the game flow would work in favor of Howard. However, the Bears kept their foot on the gas the entire game and gave carries to Tarik Cohen who was having the better game. Howard's power running style is normally great to chew up time, but they went with the quicker Cohen this week. Howard was out touched 20 to 11 by Cohen this week and had 149 fewer yards. He had 1 rush of 11 yards right up the gut but could not find any room to run outside of that. Howard was targeted in the passing game just once and was unable to haul in that target. This was a very down week for Howard, but he should see his usage increase over the course of the season. He has been a workhorse during his tenure in Chicago and one good game from Cohen is not going to change that.
2018 Week 3 vs ARI (24 / 61 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
With the defense not respecting Trubisky's ability to throw the ball down the field, Howard was running against a stacked box most of the game. He carried the ball a team high 24 times but was never truly able to break free. Tarik Cohen found more success behind him on almost 1/5 of the carries. Howard did have a 17-yard scamper for a first down and a 1-yard touchdown plunge right up the middle to highlight his day. It is going to be hard to get anything going for until Trubisky starts to make better decisions and make the defense respect his ability to throw the ball down the field. Howard did chip in a 13-yard catch out of the back field for a 1st down but did not play a major role in the passing game otherwise.
2018 Week 2 vs SEA (14 / 35 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard never got going in this game as he had very little space inside the tackles to do much of anything. While these types of games are going to happen for a physical running back like Howard, the best news was that his week one receiving game was not a fluke as Howard was second on the team in yardage and showed tremendous concentration in the first quarter on a ball that could have been intercepted as Mychal Kendricks jumped the route. The ball slipped through Kendricks' hands and Howard showed the concentration to catch the ball after an initial bobble and continue up the field for 17 yards.
2018 Week 1 vs GB (15 / 82 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard was a bright spot for the Bears as he showed a cutback ability to find the hole in between the tackles and more importantly showed growth from last year in the receiving game. Howard was in the game for a significant number of third downs which was something that we typically did not see as he had struggled in the passing game in previous seasons.
Latest NewsBears | Jordan Howard the odd man out? (Thu Mar 21, 09:39 PM) - Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard is unlikely to have a role in the offense if he remains with the team in 2019, in the opinion of Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. link to story
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