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Jordan Reginald Howard (born November 2, 1994) is an American football running back for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UAB and Indiana.

Jordan Howard
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Howard in 2018
No. 24 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-02) November 2, 1994 (age 25)
Gardendale, Alabama
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Gardendale
(Gardendale, Alabama)
College:Indiana
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 150
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2019
Rushing attempts:897
Rushing yards:3,895
Rushing touchdowns:30
Receptions:82
Receiving yards:637
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Howard played high school football at Gardendale High School in Gardendale, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham.[1] He was a two-year starter for the Rockets, gaining 2,876 yards in his junior and senior seasons.[2] While he excelled for the Rockets, he was generally regarded as a just two-star prospect and was not a highly sought-after recruit by major college programs. He ended up going to play college football just a few miles away from his home at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

College careerEdit

UABEdit

Howard began his college football career at UAB in 2013.[3] He made his collegiate debut against LSU.[4] He rushed for a season-high 159 yards against FIU.[5] He finished the 2013 season with 881 rushing yards.[6] His longest rushing play of the season was 52 yards against Vanderbilt.[7] Howard finished second in yards per carry (6.1) in Conference USA.[8]

As a sophomore in 2014, he set a school single-season record with 1,587 rushing yards and ranked seventh among Division I FBS players with an average of 132.3 rushing yards per game.[9] Howard was second in rushing yards in Conference USA for the 2014 season.[10]

IndianaEdit

Jordan Howard received his Bachelor of Science degree on May 4, 2019 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Following the shutdown of UAB's football team, Howard transferred to Indiana prior to the 2015 season.[11][12] He rushed for a season-high 238 yards and two touchdowns against Michigan on November 14, 2015.[13] In only nine games in his junior season, Howard rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns on 196 attempts and had 11 receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown.[14]

College statisticsEdit

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2013 UAB 11 145 881 6.1 52 2 4 83 20.8 1
2014 UAB 12 306 1,587 5.2 55 13 9 72 8.0 1
2015 Indiana 9 196 1,213 6.2 37 9 11 106 9.6 1
Career 32 647 3,681 5.7 55 24 24 261 10.9 3

[6]

Professional careerEdit

On December 27, 2015, Howard declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season.[15] Howard was graded a 6.1 on NFL.com and had the third-highest running back rating with only Derrick Henry at 6.15, and Ezekiel Elliott at 7.09 having higher ratings than him. He was one of 24 running backs invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana. Howard attended the combine, but opted to only perform the bench press, vertical jump, and broad jump. On May 1, 2016, he participated at Indiana's pro day, along with Nate Sudfeld, Jason Spriggs, Darius Latham, and seven other then prospects.[16] Howard performed all of the running drills that he opted out of at the combine and also performed positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Howard was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. Howard was ranked as the third best running back in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, the fourth best running back by Sports Illustrated, and was ranked the sixth best running back in the draft by NFL analyst Mike Mayock.[17][18][19]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 78 in
(1.83 m)
230 lb
(104 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.59 s 1.66 s 2.68 s 4.34 s 7.14 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Indiana's Pro Day [20]

Chicago BearsEdit

2016 seasonEdit

The Chicago Bears selected Howard in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[21] He was the tenth running back taken in the draft.[22] On May 9, 2016, the Bears signed him to a four-year, $2.58 million contract with a signing bonus of $248,022.[23][24]

Following the departure of veteran running back, Matt Forte, Howard competed with Jeremy Langford, Jacquizz Rodgers, and Ka'Deem Carey for the Bears' starting running back position.[25] Howard had a strong performance in the Bears' preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns, where he rushed for 107 yards with one touchdown.[26] The Bears named Howard as their third running back on their depth chart behind veterans Langford and Carey prior to the start of the regular season.[27]

Howard made his professional regular season debut in the Chicago Bears' second game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles after Carey suffered a hamstring injury. He finished the game with three carries for 22 rushing yards and two receptions for nine yards.[28] Howard was named the Bears' starting running back after Langford suffered an ankle injury.[29] On October 2, 2016, Howard earned his first career start against the Detroit Lions and finished the game with 23 carries for 111 rushing yards and three catches for 29 yards as the Bears won 17–14.[30][31] The next game, Howard rushed the ball 16 times for 118 rushing yards and caught three passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts. His first career touchdown reception came on a 21-yard pass from Brian Hoyer.[32]

On October 16, Howard had 15 rushing attempts for 45 rushing yards and scored his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard run during 17–16 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[33] In Week 8, Howard had 26 carries for a season-high 153 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 20–10 win over the Minnesota Vikings.[34][31] He was named the 'NFC's Offensive Player of the Week' for his third game with more than 100 rushing yards against the Vikings.[35][31] On December 4, in Week 13, Howard ran for 117 yards on 32 carries and scored a season-high, and franchise rookie record-tying three rushing touchdowns in a 26–6 win over the San Francisco 49ers.[36] [37]

Howard eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards, the fifth rookie in team history to reach 1,000 rushing yards (Matt Forte in 2008, Anthony Thomas in 2001, Rashaan Salaam in 1995, and Beattie Feathers in 1934).[38] On December 24, he had his sixth game of the season with over 100 rushing yards: 18 carries for 119 yards in a 41–21 Week 16 loss to the Washington Redskins.[39] In the New Years' Day season finale, Howard had a Bears rookie record seventh 100-yard game, with 23 carries for 135 yards in a loss to Minnesota. Howard finished the season with a Bears rookie record 1,313 rushing yards, second in the league behind fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott.[40][41] His 5.2 yards per carry ranked fifth among NFL running backs in 2016.[42] Howard was later named to the 2017 Pro Bowl as a replacement for injured Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson. Howard joined Gale Sayers as the only Bears rookie running backs to make the Pro Bowl.[43]

2017 seasonEdit

Howard shared the Bears' backfield with Tarik Cohen in the 2017 season.[44] After disappointing outings of 52 yards against the Atlanta Falcons and seven yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to start the 2017 season, Howard recorded 140 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh in Week 3, including the game-winner in overtime.[45][46][47] After gaining 53 yards against the Green Bay Packers and 76 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Bears losses, he was asked to carry the ball an NFL-season-high 36 times in Week 6 to support rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky in his second game, which he converted into a career-high 167 yards in the victory over the Baltimore Ravens.[48][49][50] It was the most rushing yards by a Chicago Bear since Matt Forte's 205 in Week 4 of 2011.[51] After recording 65 rushing yards in a 17–3 win over the Carolina Panthers, Howard added 102 yards in Week 8 against New Orleans, and 125 yards in Week 11 against Detroit, joining Le'Veon Bell as the only player with three 125+ yard rushing games on the season.[52][53][54][55] After small outings of only six rushing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles and 38 rushing yards against the San Francisco 49ers, he had 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the 33–7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.[56][57][58] He finished out the 2017 season with 90 rushing yards combined over the last three games. Overall, in the 2017 season, he finished with 1,122 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 23 receptions for 125 receiving yards.[59]

2018 seasonEdit

Going into the 2018 season, Howard and Cohen remained as the main duo in the Bears' backfield.

On September 9, 2018, Howard racked up 82 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards in the season-opening 24–23 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[60] Two weeks later, he scored for the first time of the season in the 16–14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.[61] On October 28, Howard rushed 22 times for a 81 yards and a touchdown in the 24–10 victory against the New York Jets.[62] The next week, Howard ran in two touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills.[63]

As the 2018 season approached its final stages, Howard's involvement began to increase. In Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, Howard rushed for a season-high 101 yards as the Bears won 15-6.[64] In Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings, Howard rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 24–10 win.[65] Howard finished the season with 935 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns. In addition, he had 20 receptions for 145 receiving yards.[66] The Bears won the NFC North and earned the #3-seed for the NFC Playoffs.[67] In the Wild Card Round against the Philadelphia Eagles, he had 10 carries for 35 yards in his playoff debut, a 16–15 loss.[68]

Howard ended the season with 935 rushing yards on 250 attempts, while his nine touchdowns led the team.[69] He received an overall grade of 70.2 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 37th highest grade among all qualifying running backs.[70]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

2019 seasonEdit

On March 28, 2019, Howard was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 sixth round pick.[71] Howard made his debut with the Eagles in Week 1 against the Washington Redskins. In the game, Howard rushed six times for 44 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards as the Eagles won 32-27.[72] In Week 4 against the Green Bay Packers, Howard rushed 15 times for 87 yards and two rushing touchdowns and caught three passes for 28 yards and one receiving touchdown in the 34-27 win. [73] In week 8 against the Buffalo Bills, Howard rushed a season high 23 times for 96 yards and a touchdown in the 31-13 win. [74] In week 9 against his former team, the Chicago Bears, Howard rushed 19 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in the 22–14 win. [75]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
G GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Lng TD Fum Lost
2016 CHI 15 13 252 1,313 5.2 69 6 29 298 34 1 2 1
2017 CHI 16 16 276 1,122 4.1 53 9 23 125 12 0 1 1
2018 CHI 16 15 250 935 3.7 42 9 20 145 18 0 2 1
Career 47 44 778 3,370 4.3 69 24 72 568 34 1 5 3

Personal lifeEdit

Howard is the son of Flora Hollis-Williams and Dr. Reginald Bernard "Doc" Howard, a dentist. His father died at the age of 52 on January 31, 2007, of pulmonary fibrosis. Since that date, he has worn a white T-shirt with his father's photo printed on it under his pads for upwards of 80 football games.[76] He is a supporter of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.[77]

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