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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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.
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

Jordan Howard rushed 10 times for 37 yards while catching all four of his targets for 26 yards in Saturday's loss to the Lions.

After rushing for 125 yards against the Lions in Week 11, Howard found no room to operate early in the game on the ground before the Bears were game scripted out of running the ball. Howard has been a feast or famine fantasy option all season long and Saturday was fifth time that he has followed up a 100-yard rushing game with a dud. Howard will be a boom or bust RB2 next week in a positive matchup versus the Browns in Week 16.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 08:05:00 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 23 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns and caught 1-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Bears' Week 14 win over the Bengals.

With no Vontaze Burfict (concussion) on the other side, the Bears opened gaping holes against the Bengals' defense throughout Sunday's game, and Howard trucked defenders for chunk-yardage runs throughout. Howard has proven to be a boom-bust RB2 because he is so game flow dependent, but game flow certainly worked in his favor in this one. Howard will get another plus matchup when the Bears visit the run-defense-leaky Lions in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:12:00 PM

Jordan Howard managed 38 yards on 13 carries and lost five yards on his lone reception in the Bears' Week 13 loss to San Francisco.

He finished with 33 total yards in what appeared to be a prime spot against the 49ers. San Francisco controlled the ball, however, peeling off 73 offensive plays compared to Chicago's 36, and therefore all of Bears box-score production was limited. Purely a boom-bust RB2 option at this point due to his utter lack of receiving skills, Howard gets a worse matchup in Week 14 at Cincinnati.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Jordan Howard rushed seven times for six yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in the Bears' Week 12 loss to the Eagles.

This was always going to be a tough game for Howard, and the rest of the offense did not help by failing to get anything going around him. The rushing output was a career-low for the running back, one yard less than his disastrous outing in Week 2 against the Bucs. He bounced back for 166 total yards and two scores after that performance, and he will be in a good get-right spot at home against the 49ers next week.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Jordan Howard notched 125 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries Sunday in the Bears’ Week 11 loss to the Lions.

Howard enjoyed a nice bounce-back game after underwhelming in a plus matchup against the Packers last week (54 yards on 15 carries). He ceded the game’s first carry to Tarik Cohen but made his presence felt by delivering his longest run of the season on a 50-yard burst later in the first quarter. Howard brought Chicago down to the one-yard line, though he didn’t have a chance to punch it in as Mitchell Trubisky capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Adam Shaheen off play-action. The second-year back would not be denied, however, as Howard delivered a 12-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter. That ended a five-game touchdown drought for Howard, who topped 100 yards rushing for the 11th time in his career on Sunday. He’ll be an obvious RB1 against the Eagles in Week 12.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 06:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Mitchell Trubisky
2Chase Daniel
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Benny Cunningham
4Taquan Mizzell
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Tarik Cohen
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Allen Robinson
2Josh Bellamy
3Tanner Gentry
4Javon Wims
5Marlon Brown
WR21Taylor Gabriel
2Anthony Miller
3Kevin White
4Bennie Fowler
5DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Josh Bellamy
TE1Trey Burton
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3Matt McCants
LG1James Daniels
2Jordan Morgan
3Earl Watford
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
RG1Kyle Long
2Eric Kush
3Will Pericak
RT1Bobby Massie
2Brandon Greene
K1Cody Parkey