RB Jordan Howard - Philadelphia Eagles

6-0, 230Born: 11-2-1994College: IndianaDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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Week 3: vs Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Two games into the 2019 season, only one thing is evident in the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield: it will continue to be a running-back-by-committee approach. Rookie Miles Sanders leads the team in rushing attempts, but he has been mostly unimpressive during his time on the field, mustering just 2.5 yards-per-carry to this point. Another offseason acquisition, Jordan Howard, has been far more impressive, even if his efficiency levels are merely league-average. Philadelphia identified the running back position as a position of need over the offseason following a disastrous 2018 season running the football. The Eagles undoubtedly expected more return on their offseason investment at the running back position, and a shift in touches away from Sanders and towards Howard shortly would not come as a surprise. One of the league's best offensive lines should produce far more impressive rushing numbers than what the Eagles have totaled over the last 13 months. The alarms will be sounding in Philadelphia's backfield if the team continues to struggle to get the ground game going. The Detroit Lions finished the 2018 season with a top-10 run defense in both rushing yards and rushing touchdowns allowed. The early weeks of 2019, however, have not been nearly as strong for the Lions' front-seven. Through the first two games of the 2019 season, the Detroit Lions have allowed a stunning 5.2 yards-per-carry (26th in the NFL) and at least 112 rushing yards in both games. Detroit's struggles have coincided directly with the struggles of noted run-stopping defensive linemen Damon "Snacks" Harrison. Harrison was acquired midway through the 2018 season and immediately bolstered Detroit's run-defense as part of an elite defensive tackle duo alongside A'Shawn Robinson. While Robinson has carried over his top-notch run-stopping from 2018 into the 2019 season, Harrison has not. However, Harrison will almost certainly get back on track soon. Following six straight seasons as the NFL's best run-stopping defensive tackles, two sub-par games from Damon Harrison are more likely a random occurrence than anything signaling an emerging trend. The true cause for concern on Detroit's defense is at the linebacker position. The linebacking corps has struggled mightily defending the run in 2019, in part due to the absence of Jarrad Davis. Davis may potentially return from a preseason ankle injury here in week three, which will undoubtedly bolster the team's run defense. If Davis is unable to go, and the Lions field the same three starters from weeks one and two, that could spell trouble. Christian Jones has posted astonishingly-poor numbers in run defense, and Devon Kennard has regressed mightily following a respectable showing in 2018. Davis' status leading up to a week three battle with one of the NFL's best offensive lines will be vital to evaluating this matchup. It's looking like he will return which is a significant increase to the Lions this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs WAS 17 6 44 0 3 2.0 11 0 0 5.5
2 at ATL 18 8 18 0 1 1.0 8 0 0 2.6
3 vs DET PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1.0 * * * *
3 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay * 7 * * 1.3 * * * *
3 vs DET PROJ-Bloom * 9 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jordan Howard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs ATL (8 / 18 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Howard struggled in Week 2 after bludgeoning Washington in Week 1 with his after-contact acumen. Howard added a dump-off reception to his rushing role, one which included a nice cut on the inside which was called back by penalty. Howard is the clear secondary option to developing rookie Miles Sanders.

2019 Week 1 vs WAS (6 / 44 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Howard was on the short end of the Eagles' three-headed running back committee against Washington. Howard was the battering ram to the all-around game of Miles Sanders and jitterbug style of Darren Sproles. Howard did not see a touch until the second quarter and pushed the pile and through contact well on many of his carries. Howard's biggest run of the game came as he bounced outside for more than 15 yards. Howard looks to need missed time from Miles Sanders for any predictable workload in future weeks.

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Latest News

Eagles | Jordan Howard should see more (Mon Sep 9, 09:14 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard should see more looks in short-yardage situations and in the red zone moving forward. The Eagles used RBs Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles there in Week 1, and it didn't end well.

Our View: Howard should be used more than he was in Week 1. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry against Washington on Sunday, but Howard only got six carries. We'll see if they can start implementing the power back more to grind down an opponent.
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Eagles | Six carries for Jordan Howard (Sun Sep 8, 09:47 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard rushed six times for 44 yards in a 32-27 win over the Washington Redskins in Week 1.

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Schedule

3vs Detroit Lions
4@ Green Bay Packers
5vs New York Jets
6@ Minnesota Vikings
7@ Dallas Cowboys
8@ Buffalo Bills
9vs Chicago Bears
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs New England Patriots
12vs Seattle Seahawks
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Giants
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Dallas Cowboys
17@ New York Giants