Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Jordan Howard will continue to get the highest share of the team's carries going forward, according to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. That's not a surprise, given that Howard has topped Miles Sanders in carries for 2 straight weeks and scored rushing TDs in 3 straight. It's nice to have a coach come out and say it, though, so we don't have to guess as much at the committee breakdown. Pederson's revelation doesn't kill the fantasy outlook for Sanders, who garnered 5 of Philly's 6 RB pass targets in the win over the Jets. (Howard saw none.) Both will remain relevant, but treat Howard as the top option until further notice.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Monday that RB Darren Sproles is "week to week" with a quad strain. Sproles has totaled just 6 carries and 2 targets over the past 3 weeks, so there's not much of a fantasy impact here. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders will continue to share backfield duties in Philly.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference, "We've been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was obvious that Philly liked Sanders when the franchise selected him in Round 2. These words from Roseman, however, could point to the new guy having a bigger workload share ahead of him than other RBs in the Doug Pederson era. Pederson's Eagles have run with a true committee. Amid personnel shuffling and injuries, no RB has reached a 37% share of team carries in any of his 3 seasons. Philly just traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, of course, but gave up a mere 6th-round pick for a RB in the final year of his rookie contract. Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles remain from last year's squad, but only Adams has reached 100 carries under Pederson and none has topped 120. Adams is also coming off shoulder surgery. None of those players looks like a big threat to Sanders' touch outlook. We wouldn't bet on workhorse touches for the rookie, but Sanders might just be the best bet to lead the backfield in opportunities right away.
The Eagles selected Penn State RB Miles Sanders with the 53rd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The #1 RB in the 2016 recruiting class spent his first 2 years on campus playing behind Saquon Barkley but flashed with 6.7 yards per carry on 56 attempts. He finally got his shot at lead duties in 2018 and impressed. Sanders took 220 carries for 1,274 yards (5.8 YPC) and 9 TDs, adding 139 more yards on 24 receptions. Then he crushed the Combine, registering a 73rd percentile SPARQ score at 5’11 and 211 pounds. Sanders is relatively inexperienced, dances behind the line of scrimmage too often and has ball-security concerns after fumbling 5 times last year. But he has the size, athleticism and pass-catching ability to develop into a lead back as a pro. He joins a crowded backfield in Philly alongside Jordan Howard, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams. Sanders might already be the most talented of the bunch, though. And Howard is set to hit free agency next offseason.
The Eagles have traded for RB Jordan Howard, giving a conditional 6th-round pick that could become a 5th-rounder, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. So even the worst-case scenario here for Philadelphia would mean giving a pick in the round in which Chicago drafted Howard. The 24-year-old -- until November -- gives the Eagles a younger player to fulfill a role likely similar to what LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi played the past couple of years. At the very least, Howard looks like Philly's best bet near the goal line. We'll see if the Eagles add anything else to the position in the NFL Draft. In Chicago, meanwhile, RB Mike Davis appears ready to take over Howard's vacated role and looks like an option late in the single-digit rounds of best-ball drafts.
The Bears have added free-agent RB Mike Davis. The former Seahawk was sneaky-good last year, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 112 attempts and posting a 34-214-1 receiving line. Pro Football Focus graded him 25th among 62 RBs -- notably 12 spots ahead of new teammate Jordan Howard. Howard has been the subject of trade whispers, although we're not sure Davis' addition is a precursor. We'll see.
Update: Davis' deal is for 2 years and $6 million with a max value of $7 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Bears HC Matt Nagy said Monday that he'll be "smart" with his starters in Sunday's finale against the Vikings. Chicago still has a shot at the #2 seed -- but only if the Rams lose to the 49ers. If the Rams are up big in the 2nd half, guys like QB Mitchell Trubisky, RBs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, WR Allen Robinson and TE Trey Burton could get pulled.
New Bears HC Matt Nagy likes what he's seen from RB Tarik Cohen both on film and early in the offseason program. “He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. “That’s an advantage for the play callers and the play designers to be able to do some different things. We can move him around and try to get an advantage. … He’s dynamic." Cohen is coming off a promising rookie season that saw him average 4.3 yards per carry on 87 attempts and tally 53 catches. Nagy said recently that Jordan Howard will remain the team's lead back, but there's certainly room for Cohen to tack on another 20 or 30 touches to last year's total. He's fairly valued at his current 7th-round ADP.
Today's Browns-Bears game will be played in snowy conditions. (Here's video from Soldier Field about 2 hours before kickoff.) Temperatures will be in the mid-20s with winds of 8-12 mph. This figured to be a run-heavy game plan from both teams anyway, and the weather will only push them further in that direction.
Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was removed from the final Week 3 injury report. He got in a full practice on Friday after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday. It all makes him easier to trust in fantasy lineups, although we’d still consider him just a RB2 against a tough Steelers defense.
Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday for the 2nd straight practice. It's looking like he'll play vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday -- but at far less than 100%. Tarik Cohen is the better fantasy bet in the Bears backfield both in PPR and non-PPR leagues.
Bears RB Jordan Howard had his right arm in a sling after Sunday's loss to the Bucs, according to insider Brad Biggs. Howard was limited all last week and listed as questionable for Week 2. He ended up carrying just 9 times for 7 yards. He was never announced with an injury on Sunday but didn't record a touch in the 2nd half. We'll look for an update on Monday and monitor his status throughout the upcoming week.
Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bucs. We’ve heard nothing to suggest the shoulder will be an issue. But Tarik Cohen’s emergence has Howard sitting in RB2 territory in our Week 2 rankings.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is expected to play against the Bucs today. There's never been much concern about his availability. RB Tarik Cohen is a bigger issue for Howard's fantasy stock than the shoulder. Consider him a RB2 for Week 2.
Bears RB Jordan Howard (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bucs after a limited week of practice. HC John Fox has expressed no concern about Howard’s status. Keep him penciled into fantasy lineups, but check back on Sunday morning to make sure he’s active.
Bears RB Jordan Howard suffered a minor eye injury in Friday's walkthrough and is not expected to play Saturday, NFL Network reports. We'll see if it lingers, but there seems no reason to worry about his fantasy outlook.
Bears RB Jordan Howard said he wants to shed a little weight for his 2nd season. He told the Chicago Sun-Times that he plans to play at "like 225 pounds" this season. He weighed 230 at the 2016 Scouting Combine and reportedly played last year in the 230s. We're not worried about slightly less weight hurting his power, and we'll see whether a streamlined Howard gains any speed. The biggest positive here is that Howard's already focused on his conditioning -- an area many players fail to grasp early in their careers. He's a top RB pick for 2017 fantasy football drafts.
The Bears added North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen in the 4th round of the draft. Cohen ran for 1,100+ yards in all 4 of his college seasons -- and 1,500+ in each of the last 2. He also totaled 97 catches over the past 4 years. Cohen boasts 4.4 speed and some of the nastiest cuts you'll see from a RB in this year's class. He goes just 5'6 and 179 pounds, so he'll never be a feature back at the NFL level. But Cohen could quickly carve out a change-of-pace role behind Jordan Howard.
The Bears have signed RB Benny Cunningham. The 26-year-old was decent in a backup role for the Rams over the past 4 seasons, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and totaling 93 catches. He's no threat to RB Jordan Howard's starting job in Chicago, but he could steal some passing-down work. Howard hauled in a subpar 58% of his targets as a rookie last year after mustering just 24 catches over 3 college seasons.
Bears RB Jordan Howard ran 17 times for 90 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's loss to the Packers, adding 4 catches for 23 yards among 4 targets. He has now rushed for 84+ yards in 4 straight games and 77+ in each of his past 7. His 1,059 yards for the season rank 8th in the league. Howard's a reliable weekly starter the rest of the way and might be heading for a spot among the preseason top 12 at his position in 2017.
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