RB Jordan Howard - Chicago Bears
|6-0, 230||Born: 11-2-1994||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 5|
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2016 Week 17 vs MIN (23 / 135 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard was a beast yet again despite the Bears trailing for most of the game. He was hard to handle as an inside runner and tore off good gains to account for most of the positive plays by the Bears offense in Week 17. He was stuffed on a fourth down, but otherwise he was the bright spot for the Bears offense, as he has been for most of the season.
2016 Week 16 vs WAS (18 / 119 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard has been a 100-yard machine this season for the Chicago Bears. The rookie amassed 119 yards on 18 carries, upping his season rushing total to 1,178 yards. Howard broke seven tackles on the day, according to Pro Football Focus. Matt Barkley's five interceptions significantly altered the game script; all the while Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense were scoring touchdowns. Playing from behind has been a killer for Howard's stat line. If you look up and down the top ten of the rushing leaders list, Howard has the fewest amount by a decent margin. Eating into Howard's touches Sunday was a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for a series and a Jeremy Langford series inside the Washington 10-yard line.; a drive that resulted in a Langford rushing touchdown. Howard is one of the lone bright spots during this awful season of Chicago Bears football.
2016 Week 15 vs GB (17 / 90 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
If Ezekiel Elliott weren't in the picture, Jordan Howard might actually be the leading candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The rookie out of Indiana continues to exceed expectations for a team that currently is playing with zero expectation. On a cold day at Soldier Field, Howard cruised for 90 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (5.3 YPC). Why Howard only ran the ball 17 times is anyone's guess. Sure, the Bears were down by 17 entering the fourth quarter, but Howard only received 13 carries in the first three quarters. Your team's best offensive player should be fed the football, especially on a sub-10 degree day. Despite the lack of touches, Howard's production took him over 1,000 yards on the season, as he ended the day with 1,059 yards.
2016 Week 14 vs DET (13 / 86 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard continued his impressive rookie season Sunday against the Detroit Lions. While Howard didn't surpass the 100-yard mark, he did increase his yards-per-carry average by gaining 86 yards on 13 carries (6.6 YPC). Howard hit for long gains of 28 and 31 yards on the day, both of runs that followed the left side of the offensive line. Howard showed great patience in waiting for the holes to open before making his cut upfield. In the passing game, Howard caught two passes on five targets for 24 yards. Strong performances like this from Howard further cement his grasp on RB1 come next season.
2016 Week 13 vs SF (32 / 117 / 3 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With snow falling down on a cold Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, the Jordan Howard show took over the stage for the Chicago Bears. A combination of the weather and an inexperienced quarterback set a path for Howard to have his biggest game of his young career. Howard carried the ball a season-high 32 times for 117 yards and three touchdowns. If there was any uncertainty as to whether or not Howard can be the bell-cow running back for this team, the answer now is clear. Ryan Pace appears to have struck it rich with his fifth-round pick in 2016. As bad as San Francisco's run defense has been this season, Howard hardly gashed the 49ers for big gains. His 3.7 yards-per-carry average proved to be death by a thousand cuts for San Francisco, as all three of Howard's touchdowns came from five yards out or less. Howard is a must play from here on out.
2016 Week 12 vs TEN (18 / 84 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard continued to run well Sunday despite his team falling on the wrong end of the score. Howard gained 84 yards on 18 carries and added three catches for 43 yards. While his number don't exactly jump off the stat sheet, Howard deserves some additional credit as his success is coming without the presence of a legitimate passing game. Howard's best run of the game came on a sweep to the left end for 23 yards. The rookie firmly has established himself as the team's running back of the future.
2016 Week 11 vs NYG (17 / 77 / 0 rush, 8 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard put forth another solid effort in Sunday's 22-16 loss to the New York Giants. The rookie rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries -- 4.5 YPC. Howard continued to find success running outside the tackles. When the Bears run an outside-heavy scheme for Howard, he usually finds ways to break tackles and turn in big gains. But Howard became less effective as the passing game dried up, when Zach Miller suffered an ankle injury and left the game in the second quarter. It's going to be tough sledding for Howard as the Bears seemingly are growing more injured by the day. Howard is, however, too good not to play in the right matchup, like in Week 13 vs. San Francisco.
2016 Week 10 vs TB (15 / 100 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aside from an untimely fumble, Jordan Howard put forth another strong effort in the Bears' 36-10 loss to the Buccaneers. Howard easily was the best offensive player on the field for the Bears. He carried the ball 15 times for 100 yards (6.7 YPC). Howard's ability to take contact and break tackles is what makes him so good, and this entirely was evident Sunday. Howard didn't get any cheap gains. He had to fight for additional yardage early on most of his carries. If you're wondering why he only touched the ball 15 times, turnovers changed up the game script quite a few times. The Bears played from behind for most of the game; and Jay Cutler turned over the ball three times. While he's not putting up Ezekiel Elliott-like numbers, he's right up there the most impactful rookies this season.
2016 Week 8 vs MIN (26 / 153 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back had himself a game on the NFL's biggest stage -- Monday Night Football. Howard amassed 202 total yards and a touchdown on 30 total touches. Early in the first quarter, Howard sauntered for a 69 yard gain on a handoff from recently returned quarterback Jay Cutler. Then, later in the quarter, when Cutler's offensive line protection broke down, he shoveled the ball to Howard who broke a few tackles and took it 34 yards and into the red zone. Coming off back-to-back subpar performances -- against Jacksonville and Green Bay -- Howard hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time in five starts. Howard appears to have a stronghold on the starting spot for the remainder of the season.
2016 Week 7 vs GB (7 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard struggled in his fourth start in the NFL. This marks the second straight week Howard has been stifled by the opposing defense. Two weeks ago against Jacksonville, Howard only gained 34 yards on 15 carries. It didn't go any better against the Packers as the rookie ran the ball seven times for 22 yards, 11 of which came on one carry. The running lanes simply weren't there for Howard. Only once was he able to break through the first line of Packers defenders to catch a glimpse of open field. Life likely won't be getting any easier for Howard as right guard Kyle Long is playing with a very torn labrum and now even more uncertainty at the quarterback position.
2016 Week 6 vs JAX (15 / 34 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard finally looked like a rookie in Sunday's loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Coming off back-to-back 100-plus yard games in the starting role, Howard struggled mightily against the Jaguars' front line. The rookie only gained only 34 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. Given Howard's struggles don't continue next week and the week after and so on, the rookie more than likely will hold onto the starting role even when Jeremy Langford returns from injury. Jacksonville's front four played incredibly well Sunday against the Bears, stacking the box to contain Howard to make Brian Hoyer move the ball through the air. The running lanes weren't as clear than in previous weeks, and that's when Howard's rookie-ness became apparent. No reason to jump off the Howard train after only one bad week. This kid can play.
2016 Week 5 vs IND (16 / 118 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
Jordan Howard looks like the real deal in the Chicago Bears backfield. Despite falling Sunday to the Indianapolis Colts, Howard ran for 118 yards on 16 carries (7.37 YPC) and caught three passes for 45 yards with a touchdown. In his two starts since Jeremy Langford went down with an ankle injury, Howard has gained 295 total yards (229 rushing/66 receiving). Aside from the surprisingly steady Brian Hoyer, Howard has been the best thing on the field for Chicago during this 1-4 season. Howard has all of the required tools to be a three-down back in the NFL. With the lowly Jaguars on the schedule this week, you can expect another big effort from the rookie tailback.
2016 Week 4 vs DET (23 / 111 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
It looks like the Chicago Bears have found its running back of the future. Jordan Howard will remember his first-ever NFL start for the rest of his life; a performance that included 111 yards on 23 carries and three catches for 21 yards. Howard found success running in every which direction, behind an offensive line that run blocked better than it had all season. There's no doubt that Howard will continue to see the lion's share of the snaps until Jeremy Langford returns to the field in a few weeks. If Howard continues to rack up yards, as we suspect he will this week against the Indianapolis Colts, the decision of who starts when Langford returns will be a very difficult one. Howard arguably is a better up-and-down rusher than Langford, and he also is a better pass-catcher than Langford, who has struggled with drops in his short career. It Howard is available in your league, grab him immediately.
2016 Week 3 vs DAL (9 / 45 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard looked to be the best player on the field Sunday night for the Chicago Bears. Howard, Chicago's fifth-round selection in 2016, received a boost in action against the Cowboys after Jeremy Langford went down with an ankle injury. Howard finished the game with nine carries for 45 yards (5.0 YPC) and four catches for 47 yards. One of Howard's nine carries went for 36 yards, running right behind the right guard and right tackle. Howard's other eight carries really didn't go anywhere, but that more so is because the Cowboys stacked the box to protect against the run. This kid can play, no doubt. He gives the Bears something different from what Langford can do on a weekly basis. Howard hits holes quicker and can shed tackles, something Langford struggles to do. Howard is beloved by the Bears' coaching staff and general manager. So it stands to reason that he could take over Chicago's bell-cow role at some point this season.
2016 Week 2 vs PHI (3 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
The rookie finally saw the field! Fantasy owners rejoice! After not playing a snap Week 1, Jordan Howard received five total touches in Chicago's Week 2 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Howard carried the ball three times for 22 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. While he's not breaking the box score, his performance lends reason to believe that Howard will play a larger role as the season matures.
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