RB Jordan Howard - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-0, 230||Born: 11-2-1994||College: Indiana||Drafted: Round 5, pick 150 (2016)|
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.
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 3 vs DET (11 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard was the grinder of the running back position for the Eagles in the home loss to Detroit. Howard converted his goal line carry into a walk-in touchdown and churned three other carries for chunk gains through contact. Howard logged a drop in the passing game, but Howard has offered veteran stability compared to Miles Sanders who is fighting through fumbling issues thus far this season.
2019 Week 4 vs GB (15 / 87 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 28 / 1 rec)
While Miles Sanders has been the buzz player in the opening weeks to see more touches in the Eagles backfield, Week 4 saw Howard the impact player and a key element to the team's road win over the Packers. The Eagles offensive line was arguably the MVP of the game, controlling the Packers front on most rushing attempts, but Howard did his part especially against contact. Howard's two touchdowns came from short range, both of which he got the team down to the goal line with impressive runs. Howard also added a split-out screen reception and then a wheel route touchdown where he was lost by the Packers coverage. Howard took a big hit on a swing route target in the mid-fourth and was slow to the sidelines. Howard's 18 touches were by far a season high.
2019 Week 5 vs NYJ (13 / 62 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard matched Miles Sanders in touches (13) against the Jets but did all of his work as a rusher. Howard saw more of his playing time in the second half as the proverbial hammer as the Eagles leaned on the Jets with a comfortable lead. Howard had three chunk gains to account for much of his production and added a red zone run down to the one-yard-line before capping the drive with a point-blank touchdown. Howard's lack of passing game involvement limits his weekly upside, but he has been the superior interior runner to Day 2 rookie Miles Sanders through five games.
2019 Week 6 vs MIN (13 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard was the clear lead back for the Eagles for interior work against the Vikings over Miles Sanders. However, the game script turned negative in a hurry as they trailed by 10 points early in the game and by three touchdowns by the mid-second quarter. Howard collected 13 touches, but no targets as he touchdown streak of three games was halted this week. Howard's successes came through contact, running hard between the tackles. Howard dominated snaps and touches in the first quarter but waned as the Eagles turned to catch-up mode over the final three quarters. A limiting element for Howard has been his lack of passing game involvement with one or fewer targets in 4-of-6 games this season.
2019 Week 7 vs DAL (11 / 50 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Howard drew the start against Dallas and was the clear lead option for the Eagles' run game. However, game script turned negative and they trailed by 20 points at halftime and did not make a dent in the deficit. Howard was stuffed on a screen pass, his notable chance for a big play in space. Howard did his best work against contact, twice powering through defenders for additional yardage, most of which came in the first quarter.
2019 Week 8 vs BUF (23 / 96 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Howard had the perfect storm for a season-high 24 touches against the Bills in Week 8. The windy conditions shifted the Eagles to a more ball-control offense and Howard continued his clear advantage over Miles Sanders for interior work. Howard ground through contact regularly, especially in the fourth quarter as the Eagles salted away the road win. Howard churned up the gut for 20 yards and two more for 10+ yards in his best moments. Howard's lack of passing game involvement remains a limitation to his overall production, seeing two targets overall even with Miles Sanders playing an ancillary role. Howard did convert his lone reception into a 15-yard screen pass gain this week, his second-highest receiving yardage total of the season. Howard has nine receptions in eight games as a touchdown and volume-centric option as a runner alone.
2019 Week 9 vs CHI (19 / 82 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Howard enjoyed arguably the best Eagles offensive line performance of the season in the home win over Chicago. Howard consistently saw well-defined holes between the tackles, including a red zone touchdown and three other gains of 10+ yards. Howard also had a chunk run called back by penalty and was stuffed on a third-and-short carry. Howard's limitation in the passing game was present again this week, seeing just a single target as Miles Sanders was the prominent receiver and Darren Sproles is back in the mix as well.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2017 Week 1 vs ATL (13 / 52 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard likely wants to forget the events of Sunday. On the wrong end of the 23-17 loss, Howard failed to convert on multiple opportunities that would have pushed the game in the Bears' favor. Howard finished the game with 53 yards on 13 carries and 14 yards on three catches. Howard dropped two passes, one of which would have tied the game under the two minute mark. Glennon found Howard mostly open near the far left pylon. All Howard needed to do was catch the ball and fall backwards into the end zone. Pass catching seemingly has been Howard's bugaboo since he entered the league one season ago. Howard dropped seven passes on 50 targets as a rookie, and he needed to improve upon that mark now or else Tarik Cohen will take a stronghold on the passing downs. Howard's value will hold for now, but he clearly is going to be pushed by the youngster Cohen.
2017 Week 2 vs TB (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Something is up with Jordan Howard. The Bears' featured back might as well have not even been on the field in Sunday's 29-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Howard only gained seven yards on nine carries. Following the game, Howard was spotted leaving the stadium with a sling over his shoulder. In the week leading up to Week 2, Howard was not listed on the Wednesday injury report the Bears sent out that day after practice. Shortly after that report went out, the Bears revised the report to include Howard and his shoulder injury. Howard then was limited in practice all week, listed as questionable to play against Tampa. What makes this a strange situation is ... ESPNChicago's Jeff Dickerson reported Monday that Howard skipped out on speaking to the media following the loss to Tampa. Howard "avoided making eye contact" with media members, Dickerson said. This comes after Howard dodged out on the media after the Week 1 loss as well; nor did Howard speak at all last week. This isn't normal behavior for a player only one or two weeks into a season. Perhaps Howard isn't happy with his distribution of carries with Tarik Cohen now in the fold. Perhaps Howard's shoulder injury is more serious than we know and he doesn't want to acknowledge it publicly. Something is up with Howard. Coming off his monster rookie season, the kind of effort and result we've seen two weeks in lends for concerns. Be weary of Howard until you're given a reason to think he's healthy enough to be impactful.
2017 Week 3 vs PIT (23 / 138 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 26 / 0 rec)
"Be weary of Howard until you're given a reason to think he's healthy enough to be impactful" is what I wrote last week when signing off this section. Well, it didn't take long for Howard to be impactful. Howard dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday by the count of 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The second-year running back carried the Bears to a 23-17 victory in overtime. Just as encouraging to see is Howard's role in the passing game. Battling dropped passes all season, Howard caught 5-of-5 targets for 26 yards. Despite a shoulder injury, Howard put forth his best effort of the season. Howard is the lynchpin of the Bears' offense. As long as he's healthy, the coaching staff is going to make him the focus of the offense. Keep an eye on that shoulder injury, though, as Howard was escorted off the field after re-injuring the shoulder on two separate occasions.
2017 Week 4 vs GB (18 / 53 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard found the end zone in Thursday night's 35-14 loss to the Green Back Packers. That's about all Howard did well against the Packers as you clearly can tell that his injured shoulder is hampering his ability to break tackles and take hits. Howard gained 53 yards on 18 carries -- 2.9 yards per carry -- and caught two passes for 10 yards with another dropped pass. The Bears need Howard to be the running back he showed to be last season, when he was putting up numbers similar to Ezekiel Elliott. What's stopping that from happening is the team's lack of offensive ability aside from running the football. Because the Mike Glennon-led Bears don't know how to throw the ball downfield, teams have been stacking the box against the Mike Glennon-led Bears, and Howard simply does not look healthy enough to be taking contact behind or at the line of scrimmage. Who knows, though. Howard has been up and down through four games playing with the injury. He still has the big-game potential, the Bears simply need to open up the offense so Howard doesn't have to work so hard to get his yards.
2017 Week 5 vs MIN (19 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard clearly isn't he back he played like last season, his rookie season, when he was putting up elite-level numbers. Battling a shoulder injury, Howard put forth an average-at-best performance, rushing for 76 yards on 19 carries -- 4.0 yards per carry. With Tarik Cohen's impact diminishing over the past week or two, Howard has regained the number of touches that an elite back requires. For a while there, the first three weeks of the season, the coaching staff clearly was trying to jam Cohen into the game plan as much as possible, much to the chagrin of Howard. Howard led the running back carries 19-6, and the running back snaps by a large margin. Howard should have totaled a much higher number of yards (around 35+) against the Vikings had Marcus Wheaton not been called for a holding penalty that nine out of 10 times isn't a penalty. As long as Howard's shoulder injury doesn't get worse throughout the season, there's no reason to think he can't still be a top-10 running back in this league, especially now that the Bears appear to have a more competent quarterback under center in Mitchell Trubisky.
2017 Week 6 vs BAL (36 / 167 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The Jordan Howard redemption tour continued Sunday as the second-year back dominated the Ravens' defense in the Bears 27-24 overtime win. Howard carried the ball 36 times for a career-high 167 yards in the unexpected road win. Howard's best run came in overtime, when he took a Trubisky handoff 53 yards, shaking multiple Ravens defenders on his way to putting the Bears in field goal position to win the game. Howard started the season battling a shoulder injury, but that no longer appears to be an issue as he gained 113 of his 167 after contact. It's the most for a Bears running back in a single game since the 2009 season. Howard once again appears to be one of the most elite backs in the league. His resurgence comes at a great time for this Bears offense. If Howard can continue similar-in-nature output for the remainder of the season, he will provide rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the much-needed offensive balance he needs to ease himself into an NFL offense.
2017 Week 7 vs CAR (21 / 65 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard carried the ball 21 times for 65 yards in the 17-3 over the Carolina Panthers. Thanks for two early defensive touchdowns that helped the Bears jump out to a 14-0 lead, the offensive game plan changed and Howard was called upon to run, run, run. Howard didn't find much success on the ground as the Panthers favored the run on nearly every non-3rd down snap. The Bears coaching staff didn't at all hide their desire to run the ball, which led to a number of bruising hits on Howard -- one of the NFL's leaders in yards gained after contact. Next week Howard faces a New Orleans Saints defense that was gashed Sunday by Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers. Given the Bears don't get down early, Howard figures to be a massive player in the success or failure of this offense.
2017 Week 8 vs NO (23 / 102 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard continues to be the lone bright spot for this troubled Chicago Bears offense. Howard rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The highlight of Howard's day came on a 50-yard scamper on a play that started from the Bears' 3-yard line. It was later on this drive when Mitchell Trubisky hit Zach Miller in the end zone for what should have been a 25-yard touchdown, but the call was overturned after review for reasons unknown to anyone. Howard now has seen 20+ touches in five of the last six games, but he's failed to see the end zone in the four games that Trubisky has started. You'd think a more conservative approach on offense with a rookie quarterback would lead to more end zone-finding opportunities for the team's bell-cow running back.
2017 Week 10 vs GB (15 / 54 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Not much going on here. Jordan Howard looked ... overmatched? Green Bay stacked the box with as many bodies it could in Sunday's 23-16 win over Howard and the Bears. The running back gained 54 yards on 15 carries. Howard found himself running into the backs of his offensive lineman more than he ran anywhere else. The game looked to be shaping up to get Howard 30-plus carries, but the game script changed and the Bears were forced to throw more. The snap-count numbers tell the story: Howard 29 snaps, Benny Cunningham 28 snaps, Tarik Cohen 13 snaps. Howard, we think, is a great NFL running back. However, his lack of consistency tells us a different story. Howard has been running behind a weak and injured offensive line, no doubt. An argument can be made, though, that a running back of Howard's caliber needs to be able to break free from some of the contact he takes in the backfield to turn negative runs into positive runs, even if it's taking a two-yard loss and making it a two-yard gain. Third and long with a rookie quarterback at the helm is not an optimal thing to have happen on a consistent basis. Bottom Line: Howard needs to be better if he wants to be considered in the conversation with the league's best.
2017 Week 11 vs DET (15 / 125 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Howard was back in a committee backfield with Tarik Cohen in Week 11, but was more productive for it. He had a 50-yard run on a play that benefitted from a pass fake that froze the defense. He had easy significant gains on many carries, including a red zone carry that was a walk in score. Late in the game, Howard was fresh and his four straight carries for good gains fueled the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
The Bears seemed to think Howard was the answer for the Eagles defense on the road, even though they have one of the best run defenses in the league. He touched the ball eight times on the first five drives, which represented a huge workload in this sputtering offense. He failed to convert a third and two and also failed to get a first down on a series that consisted of Howard having his number called on all three plays. He failed to get positive gains on his carries during the opening drive of the second half and wasn't used for the remainder of the game.
2017 Week 13 vs SF (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -5 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard maybe needs to be shut down for the season, who knows. The second-year running back looks entirely disinterested on the football field, and perhaps that has something to do with his recent struggles and the team's season-long struggles. Howard carried the ball 13 times for 38 yards in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Howard, in the past two games, only has gained 44 yards on 20 carries. This guy is supposed to be your bell-cow back. The Bears weren't even trailing San Francisco much during the game, so you'd think the offensive play calling would have been geared to put Howard in the best possible positions to gain chunks of yards, yet it seemed like nearly every run of his went up the middle or maybe between the guard and tackle. Obviously, Howard is not benefited by a healthy offensive line. The best line player and run blocker, Kyle Long, has myriad injuries and might not even play another snap this season, so it appears as if the Bears run game only will get worse before this season ends.
2017 Week 14 vs CIN (23 / 147 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard took a verbal beating in his Week 13 recap. Apologies to Jordan, because he definitely did not seem disinterested in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Howard bounced back to find the end zone twice on his way to 147 yards on 23 carries. He still, however, cannot catch a pass. Like, it's borderline comical to see his hands act like a backboard whenever a pass is thrown his way. PPR really doesn't apply to Howard, FYI. Anyway, back to Sunday ... Howard got back to running inside after a few weeks that consisted of a steady dose of stretch plays in a clear attempt by the coaching staff to cater to an injury depleted interior offensive line. Howard runs best inside, not outside. Another factor that aided Howard on Sunday was game script. The Bears took the lead early in the second quarter and never looked back.
2017 Week 15 vs DET (10 / 37 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Howard never got in a groove as the Bears offense had a lot of trouble sustaining drives in this loss. He had a few good gains called back by penalty and did set up the Bears on a first and goal with a strong run from the 24-yard-line. He was involved enough as a receiver to salvage something in PPR leagues, but his performance was a far cry from his Week 14 game and his strong game in Week 11 against the Lions.
2017 Week 16 vs CLE (22 / 44 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jordan Howard had both a good and bad day in the 20-3 win over the Cleveland Browns. Howard carried the ball 22 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns. There you have it, the bad and the good. Cleveland's rush defense, while it had been struggling in the few weeks leading up to Sunday, looked pretty tough. Howard's runs, mostly, went up the middle (between the tackles), which hasn't been successful this season. Howard's longer runs come when his very injured offensive line moves the defense as he runs toward the edge. This very rarely was the case Sunday, aside from Howard's second touchdown run -- his longest run of the day, 16 yards. Aside from that 16-yard run, Howard only gained 28 yards on 21 carries. Ouch.
2017 Week 17 vs MIN (9 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Howard had the same number of rushing yards as carries, which is never a good thing. All nine yards he gained came the one time the team gave him consecutive carries. They were in a third-and-1 and gave the ball to the fullback, who was stuffed. Howard didn't touch the ball on consecutive plays again on the afternoon.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.