Xavien Howard
Xavien Howard
27-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Miami Dolphins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Howard's sensational on-field play earned him a five-year, $76.5 million deal with Miami last year, but injuries have prevented the 27-year-old from making the impact his contract would imply. Having missed 24 games over his four-season career, including 11 contests in 2019, Howard now faces the task of fully recovering form offseason knee surgery in time to suit up Week 1. When healthy, he'll suit up alongside Byron Jones to form arguably the toughest cornerback duo in the league, but it isn't clear if health is a hurdle he'll be able to consistently surpass. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $76.5 million contract with the Dolphins in May of 2019.
Manages double-digit INTs in 2020
CBMiami Dolphins
January 10, 2021
Howard recorded 51 tackles (40 solo), 20 defended passes, 10 interceptions and one forced fumble across 16 games in 2020.
ANALYSIS
Howard earned first team All-Pro honors for his outstanding play in 2020, as he notched career-best marks in terms of tackles and interceptions while also leading the NFL in passes defensed. The 27-year-old only allowed a 53.0 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks who targeted him, per Travis Wingfield of the Dolphins' official site, the best mark among all cornerbacks in the league (minimum 40 targets). Howard and Byron Jones will return as one of the NFL's most formidable cornerback tandems in 2021.
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Measurables Review
How do Xavien Howard's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
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.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
198 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.58 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.15 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.18 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.0 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
11 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Howard's sensational 2018 campaign not only earned him Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors, but also secure him a five-year, $76.5 million contract with the Dolphins. Now the highest paid cornerback in the NFL, Howard is locked in as one of the foundational pieces of Miami's defense for the foreseeable future. He'll work to earn a second Pro Bowl nod in 2019.
Following an impressive sophomore season, Howard remains locked in as one of Miami's starting cornerbacks. Given that the 2016 second-rounder was also able to stay healthy throughout the entire 2017 season, any injury concerns still lingering from his rookie year have been extinguished. The 25-year-old was able to lock down former first-round receiver DeVante Parker throughout much of training camp, and could emerge as a legitimate No. 1 cornerback this year if he can elevate his game to the next level.
Howard was the team’s second-round pick in 2016. In today’s NFL, you can never have enough good cornerbacks but the Dolphins are well on their way with Howard and Bryon Maxwell. The defense could be the strength of this team should it stay healthy and a secondary that has been the unit’s weakness in the past could soon be one its strengths.
Howard was the Dolphins second round pick in the 2016 draft. He was expected to compete for a starting job from day one but knee surgery may put those plans on hold for the immediate future. Howard could still land a starting spot if he can recover quickly but the more likely scenario is that he will begin the season in a reserve role as he proves to the coaching staff that he can cover the league's best receivers.
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Booted from Week 13 game
CBMiami Dolphins
December 6, 2020
Howard was ejected from Sunday's matchup against the Bengals for throwing a punch, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.
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Leads league in INTs
CBMiami Dolphins
October 19, 2020
Howard recorded one tackle, two defended passes and one interception during Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.
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Cleared for Thursday's game
CBMiami Dolphins
September 23, 2020
Howard (knee) practiced in full Wednesday and doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Thursday's game against the Jaguars, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
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Limited on practice estimate
CBMiami Dolphins
Knee
September 21, 2020
Howard (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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Ready to rock
CBMiami Dolphins
September 18, 2020
Howard (knee) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's divisional contest against the Bills, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
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