Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Chicago Bears
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Howard solidified his spot as the Bears' feature back with a strong sophomore campaign, but there are reasons for at least a bit of concern heading into 2018. The 23-year-old appeared to wear down in the second half of the year, topping 4.0 YPC in only two of his final eight games, and despite his knack for letting holes develop in front of him before attacking the defense, his bruising running style could make it difficult for him to stay on the field as the bumps and nicks accumulate. That physical brand of football also makes him very tough to bring down, and for the second consecutive season Howard ranked in the top five for runs of 15 yards or more (4th, 14), even though he lacks a second gear. Tarik Cohen's emergence as Chicago's passing-down back should help keep Howard's touches to a manageable level, especially with Matt Nagy - a product of Andy Reid's coaching tree - taking over for John Fox and installing a more aggressive offense. Most of the Bears' offseason moves were designed to help Mitchell Trubisky's development, but a better passing game will take pressure off Howard, and if second-round pick James Daniels can adequately fill Josh Sitton's big shoes at left guard it will help the interior run blocking as much as it helps protect the team's young QB. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $2.59 million contract with the Bears in May of 2016.
Quiet in playoff loss
RBChicago Bears
January 6, 2019
Howard rushed 10 times for 35 yards in the Bears' 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles.
ANALYSIS
Aside from a 12-yard run at the end of the first half in which the Eagles were in a dime defense, he was largely ineffective on the ground, and with the Bears not running any plays near the Eagles' goal line, he didn't see any scoring chances. In a season in which he ran for 935 yards and nine touchdowns along with 145 receiving yards, he only surpassed 81 rushing yards twice and was often dependent upon finding the end zone to be a useful fantasy performer. He'll enter the last year of his rookie deal next season and should retain his role as the early-down hammer for the Bears. His fantasy value should be similar to what it was in 2018.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Jordan Howard's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.7%
 
Positive Run %
81.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
3.6%
 
Touches Per Game
16.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
43.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
5.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
74.1%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Jordan Howard's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, and Cone Drill metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash*
4.59 sec
 
Shuttle Time*
4.34 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.14 sec
 
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
The fifth-round rookie out of Indiana started the season behind Jeremy Langford and Ka'Deem Carey on the depth chart, but by Week 4 injuries had cleared a path to the starting job for Howard and he wouldn't relinquish it. At 6-1, 221, he's built for contact, and Howard's ability to run over and through would-be tacklers allowed him to rank among the league leaders in both total yards after contact (fifth) and rushes of 15 yards or more (third). Perhaps more impressive than his physical running style was his vision and patience, as he frequently let plays develop in front of him before lowering the boom. Howard also made a contribution in the passing game, something he was rarely asked to do in college, and looked capable of being an every-down back for the Bears while shouldering an occasionally huge workload, including a 32-carry performance in Week 13. If there was a red flag on his campaign it was a recurrence of the lower-body injuries that kept him off the field in his final college season, although he was able to play through them. Chicago did add Tarik Cohen as a possible third-down option in this year's draft, but Howard heads into 2017 as one of the few backs in the NFL both capable and deserving of a 300-plus touch season.
Knee and ankle problems nagged Howard in his final collegiate season, which might explain why he lasted until the fifth round - some draft pundits attached a second- or third-round grade on him. He's considered a more physical, north-south runner than Jeremy Langford, which means the Bears might eventually have a full-fledged committee on their hands as they look to replace Matt Forte. Howard is raw as a receiver, so Langford (a former wideout) gets the check mark there. But Howard has a chance to lead the Bears in rushing touchdowns, and it wouldn't surprise us at all if he winds up leading the team in overall touches as well.
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Eclipses century mark in win
RBChicago Bears
December 30, 2018
Howard rushed 21 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns and brought in one of two targets for five yards in the Bears' 24-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
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Scores seventh touchdown of season
RBChicago Bears
December 23, 2018
Howard rushed 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while adding a pair of receptions for 17 yards in the Bears' Week 16 victory over San Francisco.
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Continues to heat up
RBChicago Bears
December 16, 2018
Howard ran for 60 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added a 15-yard catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over Green Bay.
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Breaks century mark for first time
RBChicago Bears
December 9, 2018
Howard ran for 101 yards on 19 carries, adding two yards on his lone reception in Sunday's 15-6 win over the Rams.
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Enjoys some running room in loss
RBChicago Bears
December 2, 2018
Howard rushed 16 times for 76 yards and brought in his only target for four yards in the Bears' 30-27 overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.
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