Howard rushed 13 times for 49 yards in the Eagles' 38-20 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Howard comfortably paced the Eagles in carries and rushing yardage on the day, logging double-digit totes for the fourth straight game. However, unlike the prior three weeks, Howard couldn't find the end zone, leading to a pedestrian fantasy day overall. Howard looks set to out-touch Miles Sanders in the running game for the time being, leaving him as a mostly touchdown-dependent fantasy consideration in all formats in a Week 7 battle against the Cowboys.
Coach Doug Pederson indicated Monday that he expects Howard to trend toward seeing more carries in the coming weeks, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Miles Sanders still will remain involved in the team's ground game, especially with Darren Sproles week-to-week with a quad strain, and things could tilt back in his direction down the road if he gets the hot hand. For now, however, Howard's recent results apparently have earned him a bigger workload, especially on early downs, beginning Sunday against the Vikings. In the Eagles' Week 5 win over the Jets, Howard and Sanders both logged 29 snaps, but Howard ended up rushing 13 times for 62 yards and a TD, while Sanders ran nine times for 15 yards and caught four passes for 49 yards.
Howard rushed 13 times for 62 yards and a touchdown but wasn't targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 31-6 win over the Jets.
Howard capped Philadelphia's first drive with a one-yard touchdown run -- his fifth trip into the end zone in the last three games. He was far more effective than Miles Sanders (nine carries for 15 yards) on the ground, though Sanders also had 49 yards through the air. As the more effective rusher and preferable goal-line option, Howard is the more reliable fantasy option in Philadelphia's backfield heading into the team's Week 6 tilt with Minnesota.
Howard rushed 15 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns while also securing three of four targets for 28 yards and another score in the Eagles' 34-27 win over the Packers on Thursday.
Howard's stellar stat line encapsulates how critical he was to the upset road win, with the fourth-year back seeing his largest workload of the season and capitalizing in fine fashion. Howard's pair of rushing scores came in his usual red-zone/goal-line role, as he went in from one and two yards out in the second and fourth quarter, respectively. He sandwiched those visits to the end zone around a 20-yard scoring grab early in the third quarter to cap off a 76-yard drive that erased a slim 21-20 deficit. Howard has now seen his carries increase over that of the prior game in each contest, while his receptions, receiving yards and targets Thursday were all season highs. While the Eagles' backfield situation is far from ideal due to the timeshare between Howard and Miles Sanders, the former looks like a viable play in all formats for a Week 5 interconference battle versus the Jets a week from Sunday.
Howard rushed 11 times for 37 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Lions.
Howard was called on for a red-zone rushing attempt midway through the first quarter and responded with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles ahead by a field goal at the time. Through three games, Howard has often been utilized in short-yardage situations, but it's worth noting that he logged a season-high number of carries Sunday and was just two rushes shy of rookie Miles Sanders' team-leading total. The fantasy-radioactive timeshare between the two likely will continue in fairly even fashion during a Week 4 Thursday night battle against the Packers.
Howard took the field for 18 of the Eagles' 81 offensive snaps during Sunday's 24-20 loss in Atlanta.
Howard mustered just 18 yards on eight carries and eight yards on his sole target. Meanwhile, rookie Miles Sanders led the backfield with 37 yards from scrimmage on 35 snaps on offense while Darren Sproles put up five scrimmage yards on 28 such plays. Per Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal, Sanders even got a vote of confidence from coach Doug Pederson on Monday, so given Howard's limited workload through two games, he seems to be a mediocre RB option, at best, moving forward.
Howard carried six times for 44 yards and caught two of three targets for 11 additional yards during Sunday's 32-27 win over the Redskins.
Although Howard only received eight touches, his 6.9 yards per touch was nothing to sneeze at. He took a back seat at times as rookie Miles Sanders touched the ball 12 times, though the latter did next to nothing outside of a nifty 19-yard gain. Further complicating the situation is the fact that Darren Sproles also received 12 touches of his own and actually led the team in rushing. Howard was expected to lead the Eagles' backfield committee early in the season, but it appears a rather even split could be the likeliest scenario for the time being. He'll look to take advantage of next week's favorable matchup on the road against the Falcons.
Howard and rookie Miles Sanders are expected to lead the Eagles' backfield committee to begin the season, with Darren Sproles and Corey Clement also likely to see action primarily on passing downs, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
While Howard is the top candidate to draw the start in Sunday's opener against Washington, the way coach Doug Pederson elects to distribute the snaps and touches among his backs will likely vary week to week based on matchup. In the case of Howard, he'll project to see his most action when the Eagles opt for run-heavy game scripts, or when the team is protecting a lead late in contests. The Eagles will be one of the biggest favorites among all Week 1 games, so Howard should have a good opportunity right away to see what could be one of his heavier carry counts of the season.
Howard will skip Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Howard will take the night off after combining for just seven carries in the first two preseason games. He's likely the favorite to head Philadelphia's backfield to open 2019, but he has a number of capable options waiting their turns behind him.
Howard took four carries for 15 yards and was unable to corral his lone target in Thursday's preseason win over Jacksonville.
Howard came off the bench behind Miles Sanders, who had five carries for 31 yards but didn't draw any targets. Both running backs got all their touches in the first quarter, with Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott, Josh Adams and Donnel Pumphrey then finishing out the contest. Sanders appears to be making a push for the lead role, which could leave Howard without much work once passing-down back Darren Sproles gets involved.
Howard carried the ball three times for eight yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Titans.
The Eagles spread the wealth in their backfield to begin the preseason, as five different backs got either three or four carries. Howard didn't make much of an impression with his opportunities, but neither did second-round pick Miles Sanders -- in fact, no Philly RB gained more than 11 rushing yards on the night. Howard's spot at the top of the depth chart and as the team's main early down runner seem secure for now.
Howard is dominating first-team carries early in training camp, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Shorr-Parks also mentions that Miles Sanders has shown superior acceleration through the line of scrimmage. Howard's experience makes him a clear favorite for the Week 1 start, but he'll need to fend off competition from the speedy rookie, and Darren Sproles figures to have a pass-catching role. With Corey Clement (knee), Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood also lingering on the roster, there's no shortage of different scenarios for how the Philadelphia backfield might play out this season.
Howard is likely to be the Eagles' lead back to start the season, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
The signing of Darren Sproles adds to an already crowded backfield and likely confines Howard to an early down and short-yardage role despite reports that he spent the offseason trying to improve his pass-catching ability. The 24-year-old has declined in effectiveness in each season since his NFL debut, but has a much better offense and line to work with in Philadelphia. He'll need to fend off second-round pick Miles Sanders (hamstring) to keep his grip on the job, however. Sproles and Corey Clement are likely to round out the position for the Eagles.
Howard will need to fend off competition from rookie second-round pick Miles Sanders, NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Not that it was ever likely to happen, but this should end any slim chance for Howard to sign an extension as he prepares for the final season of his rookie contract. Coach Doug Pederson's track record suggests he'll rely on at least two or three running backs each week, with Howard, Sanders, Corey Clement (knee), Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams all in the mix. Howard is the best bet to take the first snap of the season, but his proven lack of receiving ability is a major drawback, while Sanders at least offers some potential in that regard. There's also a vast gap in the resources devoted to each player, as Howard was acquired from Chicago for a mere sixth-round pick.
Howard profiles as the likely leader of a backfield committee in Philadelphia, NJ.com's Mike Kay reports.
Despite rushing for 3,370 yards and 24 touchdowns in three NFL seasons, Howard was traded from Chicago to Philadelphia on Thursday in exchange for a mere sixth-round pick. His middling speed and lack of receiving ability may limit his snap count, but the 24-year-old should at least rebound from last year's mark of 3.7 yards per carry, with some help from a strong offensive line in Philadelphia. Howard finished 2018 with 399 rushing yards (4.5 per carry) and four TDs in five December games, and he now finds himself in a backfield where the alternatives are Corey Clement (knee), Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams. Of course, it won't come as any surprise if the Eagles use an early draft pick on a running back, in which case Howard's 2019 outlook would need to be reassessed. Meanwhile, Mike Davis takes over as Tarik Cohen's new partner in the Chicago backfield, giving coach Matt Nagy two capable pass catchers at the position.
Howard was traded from the Bears to the Eagles on Thursday in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Bears had a crowded backfield with Howard, Tarik Cohen and free-agent pickup Mike Davis, making Howard expendable. Howard saw career lows in rushes, rushing yards and catches in 2018 and could see an uptick in usage now that he's with Philadelphia. Entering his age-24 season, Howard is the favorite to handle early down work for the Eagles, but he could get some competition from the upcoming draft.
Coach Matt Nagy said Howard still has a role in the Bears offense, despite the offseason addition of Mike Davis, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Nagy added that GM Ryan Pace will do his due diligence with roster construction, including listening to trade overtures for any player to improve the team. Even before the Bears signed Davis in free agency, the rumor mill swirled regarding Howard, who produced a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry and managed just 5.4 yards per catch in the first season under Nagy. Davis serves as a threat to Howard's two-down gig, and with the latter entering the last year of his rookie contract, running-back-needy teams would be well-served giving him a look in 2019.
Howard may be left without a role after the Bears signed Mike Davis to join Tarik Cohen in their backfield last week, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Notoriously unhelpful in the passing game and now coming off a career-worst season in which he averaged 3.7 yards per carry, Howard reportedly has been shopped on the trade market ahead of the final year of his rookie contract. He isn't a great fit with Bears coach Matt Nagy, but history suggests the 24-year-old can be quite useful in a scheme that heavily relies on zone blocking and doesn't ask him to run many pass routes. Howard restored some of his value in December when he took 88 carries for 399 yards (4.5 YPC) and four touchdowns in five games, thus completing a third consecutive season without missing a game due to injury. The Bears would probably be willing to trade him for a mid-round pick, but they might as well keep him around if the offers are less than that -- even if they envision Davis replacing Howard's role.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Bears are seeking a trade for Howard.
Howard dropped off to 3.7 yards per carry in his first season under coach Matt Nagy, while Tarik Cohen led the team in scrimmage yards (1,169) and receptions (71) during a breakout campaign. Now entering the last year of his rookie contract, Howard might be a better fit in an offense that isn't so concerned with involving its running backs in the passing game. Of course, there won't be a huge market for a one-dimensional runner -- even one with 3,370 rushing yards, 4.3 YPC and 24 touchdowns after three seasons. It won't come as any surprise if the 24-year-old ends up in Chicago for at least one more year.
Howard rushed 10 times for 35 yards in the Bears' 16-15 playoff loss to the Eagles.
Aside from a 12-yard run at the end of the first half in which the Eagles were in a dime defense, he was largely ineffective on the ground, and with the Bears not running any plays near the Eagles' goal line, he didn't see any scoring chances. In a season in which he ran for 935 yards and nine touchdowns along with 145 receiving yards, he only surpassed 81 rushing yards twice and was often dependent upon finding the end zone to be a useful fantasy performer. He'll enter the last year of his rookie deal next season and should retain his role as the early-down hammer for the Bears. His fantasy value should be similar to what it was in 2018.
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