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Jordan Howard | Running Back | #24

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/2/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 224
College: Indiana
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 5 (150) / CHI
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Jordan Howard scrounged up 21 yards on 11 carries while securing his lone target for an 11-yard gain Sunday in Chicago’s Week 10 win over the Lions.
Sunday spelled an end to Howard's three-game touchdown streak. Tarik Cohen out-touched Howard by a commanding 11-2 margin in the first half and was even featured on the goal line. Howard took on more work with Chicago looking to kill clock in the second half, but obviously he wasn't able to take advantage. The third-year back has been lousy as a ball-carrier recently, averaging an underwhelming 3.13 yards per carry over his last four games. He'll be a touchdown-or-bust RB2 when the Vikings come to town in Week 11. Nov 11 - 5:30 PM

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Jordan Howard rushed 14 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears' Week 9 romp over Buffalo.

Fantasy owners were fortunate to come away with the scores -- one at the goal line and the other from 18 yards out -- because Howard would have been a major dud without them. He didn't see a single target in the passing game in a matchup where the Bears barely even had the ball because their defense scored twice. Howard did out-touch Tarik Cohen 14 to 7. Nevertheless, Howard will remain a touchdown-dependent RB2 option when the Bears host the Lions next.
Nov 4 - 5:31 PM

Jordan Howard had 22 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown in Chicago's Week 8 win over the Jets.

Tarik Cohen stole the show early, but Howard sealed the win for Chicago with a late fourth-quarter TD. Howard didn't have any highlights outside of his touchdown and wasn't involved in the pass game. He's been more touchdown dependent than usual this year, but Howard has double-digit carries in every game this season. Howard will be an RB2 for a Week 9 matchup against Buffalo.
Oct 28 - 4:28 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 7 loss to the Patriots.

He added nine yards on one catch. Howard continued to split carries with Tarik Cohen even when the game was close and struggled to find consistent success on the ground, but he helped out his fantasy backers with a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He appeared to have another score on the first drive of the second half, but the play was negated by an illegal formation penalty. He did surprise with a twisting catch on his only target, but Howard mostly took a backseat from that point on with the Bears trailing. He now has 14 or fewer touches in each of his last three games. Howard will be an RB3/FLEX option next week against the Jets.
Oct 21 - 5:42 PM

Jordan Howard logged 69 yards on 14 carries while failing to reel in his lone target Sunday in Chicago’s Week 6 loss to the Dolphins.

Howard contributed a handful of big runs but was again out-shined by backfield-mate Tarik Cohen, who impressed with 121 yards from scrimmage. Despite assurances from coach Matt Nagy that Howard would play a bigger role in the passing game this year, he's mostly been a non-factor in that area, just as he's been throughout his career. Howard had a chance for a touchdown in the first half but coughed it up on the goal line, resulting in a turnover. With Cohen's workload on the rise, Howard is looking like a fringe RB2, which isn't what fantasy owners thought they were getting when they drafted him in August. We'll see how Chicago's backfield distribution shakes out next week against New England.
Oct 14 - 5:59 PM

Jordan Howard said he "wasn’t frustrated" by his role Week 4 against the Bucs.

The Bears had easily their best day of the season on offense, but Howard was left out of the fun, rushing just 11 times for 25 yards despite what seemed like his perfect gamescript. On Monday, coach Matt Nagy made it sound like Howard's lack of involvement was game-plan specific. "He has a big-time role. But if it’s an advantage to us to go a different direction for that game or for that play or that series, we’re going to do that," Nagy said. "And Jordan is good with that. He understands it." It sounds like Howard will return to the No. 1 role against the Dolphins this week, but it might not be a coincidence the offense looked its best with Tarik Cohen as the main back. Howard's rest-of-season workload is now at least a question mark.
Oct 9 - 10:11 AM

Jordan Howard rushed 11 times for 25 yards in the Bears' Week 4 victory over the Bucs.

Chicago led 38-3 at the half, which would usually make for terrific game script for Howard to go out and ice the rest of the game. But it was Tarik Cohen who stayed involved from kick-off to the final whistle, leading the Bears in both targets and carries. Howard failed to haul in his only target Sunday, too. The argument to start Howard has been strictly usage-based to this point as he has yet to eclipse the 100-yard mark despite averaging 16 carries per game. If Cohen continues cutting into his playing time, it will be time for owners to rethink their position on him. This timeshare will be worth monitoring when the Bears return from their bye in Week 6.
Sep 30 - 6:32 PM

Jordan Howard rushed 24 times for 61 yards and a touchdown while catching 2-of-2 targets for 20 yards in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Cardinals.

Howard found little room to operate on the ground for the second straight week, but was able to get into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge for the Bears' lone touchdown of the game. After a strong 15-82 rushing line to start the season in Week 1, Howard has now carried 38 times for 96 yards the past two weeks. Howard will remain a strong volume-based fantasy Week 4 at home against the Buccaneers coming off a short week.
Sep 23 - 8:08 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mitchell Trubisky
2Chase Daniel
RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3Benny Cunningham
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
3RB1Jordan Howard
2Tarik Cohen
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Allen Robinson
2Josh Bellamy
3Kevin White
WR21Taylor Gabriel
2Anthony Miller
WR31Anthony Miller
TE1Trey Burton
2Dion Sims
3Daniel Brown
4Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Rashaad Coward
LG1Eric Kush
2James Daniels
C1Cody Whitehair
RG1Kyle Long
RT1Bobby Massie
2Bradley Sowell
K1Cody Parkey