- Height / Weight
- 6'0" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- November 2, 1994 (23)
- 3rd Season
- 2016 / Rd. 5 / Pk. 150 (CHI)
While Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy knows running back Jordan Howard can be a bell-cow back, he cautioned that he'd use him as such in 2018. "He's proven that he's done that, so that's for sure," Nagy said. "In this offense, it's more game specific, as to whether or not you need that." Howard has posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years in the league, but pass-catching back Tarik Cohen is also expected to take on a much larger role under Nagy. The major drawback for Howard in fantasy is his weakness in catching passes, something Cohen is very good at. In two seasons, Howard has just 52 catches for 423 yards and one touchdown. While Howard will still be the guy in Chicago on early downs, he could lose valuable touches to Cohen in 2018, making him a very volatile low-end RB1.
Chicago Bears running backs coach Charles London said running back Jordan Howard made it a priority this offseason to improve on his pass catching. Howard is catching passes before, during and after practices. "We're working on hand placement … just his focus and concentration, hand-eye coordination and things like that," said London, who is Howard's third position coach in as many seasons. While Jordan hasn't had more than 29 catches in his two seasons in Chicago, he could see more work on third downs in 2018. However, Tarik Cohen is expected to see his role expand greatly in a pass-catching role out of the backfield, so it may not matter much if Howard improves his hands. Howard will be an early-down workhorse, but he's a fringe RB1/RB2 fantasy back.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said running back Jordan Howard will be the team's "featured back" in 2018. However, Nagy also said, "we're going to use multiple backs." Obviously Howard will continue to be the early-down back after two straight 1,000-yard seasons to open his career, but his lack of receiving skills leaves him vulnerable to losing third-down touches to Tarik Cohen, who is a superior pass catcher. Howard has 15 scores in two seasons, but he'll be a boom-or-bust fantasy commodity and could disappoint as an RB1 next year.