Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville lauded Howard's "experience" Tuesday but said it's still too early to decide how backfield snaps will dispense, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
"[Howard]'s got good feet for a big back, he's got good vision," Studesville said. "I think he'll have a chance to be a physical presence for us, as well as effective in the passing game with what we're asking for." It's somewhat surprising to hear Studesville express confidence in Howard's pass-catching chops, considering that the 25-year-old has seen his receiving totals diminish with each year in the league, but it at least leaves open the door for possible added utility in PPR leagues. It seems far more likely, however, that Howard will claim the majority of the work on early downs while backfield mate Matt Breida operates as Miami's preferred change-of-pace option. The most realistic outcome for the Dolphins' backfield is probably a committee approach, the likes of which is normally dreaded for fantasy purposes, but if Howard's vision and short-area power can also make him the top option around the goal line, he could provide consistent weekly value.
Howard is the top candidate to handle the majority of carries around the goal line for the Dolphins in 2020, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
A one-time Pro Bowler who's firmly established his ability to handle a workload in the NFL, Howard is the likely favorite to stand atop Miami's backfield depth chart entering training camp. The 25-year-old should likewise earn the majority of carries in the red zone, thanks to his physical, bruising running style which favors work between the tackles. On the other hand, Howard's lack of receiving prowess and elusiveness presents an open window for Matt Breida to earn the majority of touches on passing downs. As such, Howard stands to hold the safer floor in standard scoring formats, with Breida receiving a boost in PPR leagues. It's within the realm of possibility that the two could pair up to form a dreaded backfield committee, where either tailback's fantasy relevance on a given week becomes dependent on game script.
Howard appears set to form a backfield tandem with Matt Breida, whom the Dolphins acquired in exchange for a fifth-round pick Saturday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Howard was positioned as the unquestioned No. 1 option in Miami's backfield prior to the team's acquisition of Breida, who impressed as a part-time player in San Francisco's rushing attack over the last three seasons. Both 25-year-old tailbacks boast effective and distinct skill sets -- Howard being a consistent rusher between the tackles, whereas Breida brings explosiveness and pass-catching prowess -- making it easy to envision them syncing up as a complementary duo for 2020. Howard, to his credit, has proven an ability to hold up while handling a large workload, making him the favorite to handle the majority of early down work, while Breida (who has never eclipsed more than 180 touches in a single season) could be more effective in a change-of-pace role. Breida will play out the 2020 campaign on his one-year, $3.3 million RFA contract tender, while Howard's two-year, $10 million deal could lend him more long-term security in Miami. In any case, both running backs look primed to handle significant workloads for the Dolphins in 2020.
Howard (shoulder) said Thursday that he's fully healthy after a shoulder stinger sidelined him for most of the second half of the 2019 season, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports. "I'm back to 100 percent now," Howard said. "It took a while, but I'm finally back to being 100 percent."
As a member of the Eagles last season, Howard was the team's leading rusher through its first nine games, but he logged just one snap over Philadelphia's final eight games -- including a wild-card round loss to Seattle -- while managing the injury. After being active but going unused in the playoffs, Howard admitted afterward that he hadn't fully regained strength in his shoulder, but he now looks to be in a good spot health-wise following two-plus months of rest and rehab. The Dolphins' decision to sign Howard to a two-year, $10 million deal in the first week of free agency implies confidence in his health, and the 25-year-old tentatively looks in line to lead Miami's ground game in 2020. He could face more of a challenge for the top job, however, if the Dolphins invest an early round pick into a running back during April's draft.
The Dolphins and Howard (shoulder) agreed to a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Howard played just one offensive snap after the Eagles' Week 10 bye, the result of a lingering shoulder injury. After the team's wild-card loss to the Seahawks, he noted he didn't have the strength in his shoulder to take the field, despite being active and available. Howard's upcoming deal likely will be contingent on him passing a physical, but due to world events it's unclear when that'll come to pass. Once he gets the all-clear, though, he'll be a candidate to lead a Miami backfield that also includes Kalen Ballage, Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin, among others.
Howard relayed Sunday that he didn't have enough strength in his shoulder to play during the Eagles' wild-card defeat to the Seahawks, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Although he was active for the Eagles' last two games, Howard played just one snap on offense in the regular-season finale. A pesky shoulder injury was to blame, sidelining him for six consecutive contests following the team's Week 10 bye. Prior to the injury, he averaged 4.4 YPC on his 119 rushes, reeled in 10 of 14 targets for 69 yards and scored seven touchdowns in nine outings. His absence allowed 2019 second-round pick Miles Sanders and Boston Scott a chance to shine, which combined with Howard's impending unrestricted free agency leaves his future clouded.
Coach Doug Pederson expects Howard to have a role on offense in Sunday's playoff game against Seattle, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Howard returned from a six-game absence for Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants, but he was limited to a single offensive snap even though Miles Sanders was forced out early with an ankle injury. Boston Scott took advantage with a 19-54-3 rushing line and four catches for 84 yards on six targets, so he could serve as the lead back if Sanders isn't ready by the weekend. Howard's involvement, or lack thereof, may largely depend on the health of Sanders' ankle.
Howard (shoulder) practiced fully Friday and won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Giants.
After receiving clearance for contact following Thursday's session, Howard concluded the week with his first full practice since early November. The Eagles were evidently satisfied with what they saw from Howard, who will put an end to his six-game absence in the team's regular-season finale. Coach Doug Pederson indicated earlier this week that he now views Miles Sanders as the top option in the Philadelphia backfield, so Howard will likely be in store for a noticeable downturn in the 14.3 touches per game he averaged through the first nine weeks of the season.
Howard (shoulder) has been cleared to take contact and is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
It's been a long road back for Howard, who has missed the Eagles' last six games. However, he's finally been cleared to take contact in advance of Friday's practice, setting the stage for him to return to action in the regular-season finale. Howard is expected to play a secondary role to Miles Sanders in Week 17, and Boston Scott is still expected to see some snaps as well. As such, Howard seems to be looking at a limited workload in his return.
Howard (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Though Howard has appeared on the practice report as a limited participant for multiple weeks but has still missed six consecutive games, the Eagles are bullish the running back will be ready to play in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Giants. According to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia, coach Doug Pederson said that Howard will be reassessed by team doctors later Thursday, at which time the 25-year-old is expected to receive clearance to take contact, which had been the main obstacle standing in the way of the his ability to play in games. While Howard had acted as the Eagles' top option on the ground prior to suffering the shoulder stinger, he's likely to play more of a complementary role if active Sunday, as Pederson said Miles Sanders has been the "hot hand lately" and will remain Philadelphia's lead back.
Howard (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report.
The limited listing represents no real change in Howard's practice activity from the past few weeks, but all indications are that the 25-year-old is on track to put an end to his six-game absence Sunday against the Giants. In order to avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend, Howard will likely need to take full contact and log full participation in practice by Friday. Assuming Howard gets the green light to play, he may be thrust into more of a complementary role after previously headlining the Eagles' rushing attack in the first nine weeks, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Rookie Miles Sanders has fared well while Howard has been out the past several weeks and looks poised to retain the top spot on the depth chart, likely leaving Howard to take on only a handful of touches.
Howard (shoulder) is expected to be available for the Eagles' Week 17 matchup with the Giants in New York, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Philadelphia signaled its intentions with the release of reserve running back Jay Ajayi on Monday. Sidelined since Week 9 due to a stinger and other nerve damage in his shoulder, per Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com, Howard will bolster a rushing attack that's been paced by rookie Miles Sanders in his absence. First, though, it'll be interesting to see if Howard can practice beyond the limited showings that he's put in for weeks. His next chance to do so arrives Wednesday.
Howard (shoulder) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Cowboys.
It's no shock Howard isn't experiencing his first game action since Week 9, as he has yet to be cleared for contact from his shoulder stinger. In his place, Miles Sanders will continue to serve as the Eagles' lead back while Boston Scott serves in a change-of-pace capacity.
Howard (shoulder), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, isn't expected to suit up for the contest, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.
The Eagles will officially confirm that Howard is out when they release their inactive list 90 minutes before the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, but Mortensen's report comes as little surprise. Howard hasn't seen any game action since the Week 9 win over the Bears and has yet to receive clearance for contact, which remains the main hurdle he'll have to overcome in order to play. With Howard missing yet another contest, rookie Miles Sanders should continue to headline the Eagles' backfield, with Boston Scott and Jay Ajayi on hand in supporting roles.
Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
It's curious that Howard continues to head into each weekend as a potential candidate to play, despite logging limited practices for weeks and not being cleared for contact. Perhaps he'll gain clearance prior to Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, but it's difficult to rely on that happening. If he's indeed inactive for a sixth consecutive contest, Howard again will yield lead-back duties to Miles Sanders while Boston Scott fills a change-of-pace role.
Howard (shoulder) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.
As coach Doug Pederson told Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal on Wednesday, the "status quo" holds for Howard, who hasn't been cleared for contact since sustaining a shoulder stinger Week 9 against the Bears. Assuming Howard is ruled out for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys, Miles Sanders is poised to head the Eagles' backfield for a sixth consecutive game.
Howard (shoulder) was a limited participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice.
Per Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal, coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that the "status quo" remains in place for Howard, suggesting the running back has yet to receive clearance for contact. While a player's ability to begin the week as a limited participant is often a positive sign, in Howard's case, he'll probably need to advance to full participation by Friday to have a realistic shot at suiting up Sunday versus the Cowboys. Miles Sanders and Boston Scott would split the backfield snaps in the event Howard fails to play this weekend.
Howard (shoulder) was ruled out ahead of Sunday's contest against the Redskins.
Howard initially earned a questionable designation following Friday's injury report, but head coach Doug Pederson was less than optimistic the 25-year-old would ultimately play, noting Howard had not yet been cleared for contact. As a result, the fourth-year running back will be held out for a fifth consecutive game, opening the door once again for Miles Sanders to handle the majority of the carries, while Boston Scott operates as the spellback and primary pass catcher out of the backfield.
Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Howard practiced in a limited fashion throughout the week, but with coach Doug Pederson noting earlier Friday that the running back still hasn't been cleared to take contact, there's a good chance he'll be sidelined for a fifth consecutive contest. An official decision on Howard's status will be announced Sunday around 11:30 a.m. ET, when the Eagles release their inactive list 90 minutes prior to kickoff. If Howard is out again, Miles Sanders and Boston Scott would likely handle most of the backfield snaps, while Jay Ajayi lingers as a tertiary option.
Coach Doug Pederson said Friday that Howard (shoulder) still hasn't been cleared for contact, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The 25-year-old is likely to be listed as a limited practice participant again Friday, which has frequently been the case since he suffered a shoulder stinger prior to the Eagles' Week 10 bye. Howard received the questionable tag Week 14 before ultimately being inactive, a result which could be replicated this weekend. Miles Sanders is in line to continue working as Philadelphia's top running back Sunday in Washington while Howard's status remains up in the air.
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