Jordan Howard
Jordan Howard
23-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.
Stymied against Seahawks
RBChicago Bears
September 17, 2018
Howard rushed 14 times for 35 yards and caught three of four targets for 33 yards in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Seahawks.
ANALYSIS
Howard was bottled up on the ground, with his longest rush going for merely seven yards. Although he trailed only Allen Robinson in receiving yards, it still wasn't a particularly productive performance for the usually impactful Howard, who also saw his team score twice through the air from inside the 10-yard line. Fortunately for him, Week 3 offers an excellent rebound opportunity against a Cardinals team that has been dominated through the first couple games.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    98
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
654
4
2017
578
0
2018
98
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   6' 0"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   224 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.59 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.34 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   7.14 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.50 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   122 in
GREAT
Bench Press:   16 reps
POOR
Chicago Bears Team Injury Report
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Out
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Doubtful
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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Totals 107 yards against Packers
RBChicago Bears
September 9, 2018
Howard rushed 15 times for 82 yards during Sunday's 24-23 loss to Green Bay. He also secured all five of his targets for an additional 25 yards.
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No go Saturday
RBChicago Bears
August 25, 2018
Howard won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic Chicago reports.
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Expected to play on third downs
RBChicago Bears
August 24, 2018
Head coach Matt Nagy said that he'll keep Howard on the field on third down, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Logs nine carries in second preseason game
RBChicago Bears
August 18, 2018
Howard took nine carries for 32 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos.
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Dressed in pads Saturday
RBChicago Bears
Knee
August 11, 2018
Howard (knee) is dressed in pads for Saturday's practice, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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