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Jordan Howard | Running Back | #24

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/2/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 224
College: Indiana
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 5 (150) / CHI
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Bears coach Matt Nagy said Jordan Howard needs "probably a few more carries."
When speaking about Howard's limited fourth quarter workload -- he received just two carries and one target in Monday's fourth quarter -- Nagy said, "I think probably a few more carries is probably the answer to that." The coach also mentioned that the Bears need to be playing with a lead for Howard to get the "typical 8-10 fourth quarter carries." Howard is already averaging 19 touches per game, but a few more carries would certainly help his fantasy value. Sep 18 - 6:19 PM

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Jordan Howard rushed 14 times for 35 yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 33 yards in the Bears' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Howard is averaging 19 touches per game through two weeks but has yet to find the end zone and had a long run of just seven yards Monday night. He continues to be the clear backfield focal point over Tarik Cohen, who touched the ball just five times in this one after eight times in Week 1. Howard will look to find pay dirt next week in a soft road date against the Cardinals.
Sep 17 - 11:53 PM

Jordan Howard had 15 carries for 82 yards and caught five passes for 25 yards in Week 1 against the Packers.

Howard was the focal point on offense, out touching Tarik Cohen (five carries, three catches) by a wide margin. He put Chicago in position to win late, but their defense couldn't hold on. Howard had a larger third-down role than last year, but still ceded pass game snaps to Cohen. He'll remain a high-floor RB2 for Week 2 against Seattle.
Sep 9 - 11:56 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Jordan Howard will stay on the field for third down.

"We’ll do different things with [Howard] and we’ll keep him on the field on third down — I’ve told you that before," Nagy emphasized. Nagy stated last month that he believes Howard "can play all three downs" and this statement reaffirms that belief wasn't just coach speak. Though he's disappointed in the passing game with 14 drops over the last two seasons, Howard appears to have the full confidence of his coaching staff heading into the season. Nagy will find ways to involve second-year pro Tarik Cohen, but Howard should be considered a safe RB2 with an RB1 ceiling moving forward.
Aug 24 - 9:40 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy is confident Jordan Howard can be an every-down player.

Howard has been an effective ball-carrier throughout his career—he's topped 1,000 yards rushing in each of his two seasons—but he's fared poorly as a receiver with 14 drops including six last season. The 23-year-old has worked hard to address that shortcoming this offseason, working with coaches to improve his technique. "There’s this notion that he is just a first-and second-down back, and I don’t believe that," said Nagy. "Jordan can play all three downs." The biggest threat to Howard's workload will be Tarik Cohen, who logged 53 catches as a rookie last season.
Jul 22 - 9:56 AM

Jordan Howard plans to improve his pass-catching this year.

Howard has impressed as a ball-carrier (back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons) since arriving as a fifth-round pick in 2016, but continues to disappoint in the passing game with 14 drops over his past two seasons. With Tarik Cohen now at the Bears' disposal, Howard could be in danger of losing significant snaps under first-year head coach Matt Nagy. "It started being a problem in high school, just not having my hands in the right position," said the former Indiana Hoosier. "I didn’t work on it that much in college because we didn’t really throw to the backs that much. But I’m going to fix it." Howard is still in play as a mid-range RB2, but Cohen's presence certainly lowers his ceiling.
Jul 10 - 3:18 PM

Asked if he was prepared to use Jordan Howard as a bell-cow back, Bears coach Matt Nagy responded "in this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether or not you need that."

Nagy did also say that Howard has "proven" he can handle that role. For his part, Howard said Nagy has already told him he's "going to be the main guy." Howard said Nagy has been on him to improve his pass catching, going as far as to throw to Howard himself during practice. Always inconsistent in fantasy because of his stone hands, Howard seems poised to be even more volatile this season.
May 31 - 2:54 PM

Bears RBs coach Charles London said the team is "committed" to working with and improving Jordan Howard in the pass game.

"That’s one area that both Jordan and I identified when I got here, that he wanted to get better at," London said. "And he’s put in the work." Howard is catching passes before, during, and after practice this spring, while London is working with him on "hand placement ... just his focus and concentration, hand-eye coordination and things like that." London has "seen progress." Howard was notoriously bad in the pass game his first two seasons.
May 25 - 12:47 PM

Bears coach Matt Nagy confirmed that Jordan Howard will be the team's "featured" back.

He'll lead the backfield, though Nagy said the team plans to use "multiple backs." Howard has averaged an impressive 4.6 yards per carry since arriving as a fifth-round draft pick in 2016, though he's been a sub-par receiver with 14 drops during that span. The 23-year-old won't lack for touches, though we suspect Tarik Cohen will see plenty of work on passing downs this season.
Apr 17 - 5:29 PM

Jordan Howard said the Bears told his agent the team has no plans to trade him.

Howard's name surfaced in trade rumors earlier this offseason—specifically his name came up in trade talks for Jarvis Landry. However, those discussions never gained much traction and it looks like the Bears will stand pat with Howard as their lead back. Howard has topped 1,000 yards rushing in each of his two seasons with 16 touchdowns during that span, though he's been a liability as a pass-catcher. We'd expect Tarik Cohen to see more work on passing downs in 2018.
Apr 17 - 1:53 PM

Bears GM Ryan Pace expects Jordan Howard to improve in the passing game.

Howard has struggled as a receiver since entering the league, which could be a problem in new coach Matt Nagy's offense. Pace said Howard has made "progress" in the passing game, however, and they expect him to get even better. Howard has 12 drops on 82 targets since entering the league.
Mar 29 - 10:48 AM

NBC Sports Chicago's John Mullin reports the Bears and Dolphins "have had conversations" about a trade involving Jordan Howard and Jarvis Landry.

According to Mullin, the discussed deal would send Howard and the No. 8 pick to Miami in exchange for Landry, the No. 11 pick, and a third-round selection. Howard has been the engine of the offense since the Bears selected him in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, gaining 2,858 yards from scrimmage in two seasons. Mullin reports new coach Matt Nagy has concerns about Howard's fit in his offense, however, specifically in the passing game. Pro Football Focus has charted Howard with 14 drops in just two seasons.
Mar 3 - 2:26 PM

Jordan Howard said he's excited to work with new head coach Matt Nagy.

Howard was still productive in 2017 — he topped 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight year — but grew frustrated with the Bears' predictable offense. "Everybody knew what we were going do, they knew what was coming pretty much every play so it was pretty easy for them to stop us," Howard said Thursday. "Now, I feel like we're going to be a lot more creative and have defenses off balance." The Chiefs' offense took off after Nagy assumed play-calling duties in 2017.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 1 - 12:31 PM

Jordan Howard rushed nine times for nine yards in the Bears' Week 17 loss to the Vikings.

The sophomore added a five-yard reception. Howard was a true 2017 rollercoaster, alternating huge games and dismal duds as the Bears' rushing attack ebbed and flowed with game script. Although Howard posted declines in total yardage, yards per carry and receptions, he essentially duplicated his rookie campaign, which in this case is a great thing. Howard's first year was viewed as unrepeatable by many. The 23-year-old has shown he can be a workhorse back in the NFL. We would expect whoever replaces John Fox to stay committed to Howard on early downs in 2018.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:21:00 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 22 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 16 win over the Browns.

Working behind an offensive line missing two starters, Howard found little room to run all afternoon, but made up for that lack of yardage with a pair of rushing touchdowns. Howard's first score came on a 2-yard run on the Bears' second drive of the game. He then added a 16-yard score off the left side on the opening possession of the second half to put Chicago up 13-3. The pair of touchdowns gave Howard six on the year versus the AFC North. Chicago will close their season next week at Minnesota.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:14:00 PM