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24 Days’ Until Kickoff

15 August 2019 Uncategorized

The countdown continues Eagles fans. In honor of 24 days until kickoff, I am pleased to speak on our new offensive weapon, veteran running back, Jordan Howard. Howard is coming into his fourth NFL season in 2019 but his first in midnight green. On March 28, 2019, Howard was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 sixth round pick. The Chicago Bears selected Howard in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. Howard was the tenth running back taken in the draft but since 2016. Howard finished the season with a Bears rookie record 1,313 rushing yards. In 2017, he finished with 1,122 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns to go along with 23 receptions for 125 receiving yards. In 2018, for what would be his final season in Chicago, Howard ended the season with 935 rushing yards on 250 attempts. His nine touchdowns were the most in the Bears’ offense. Jordan Howard has the most rushing yards in the NFL only behind Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley.

Jordan Reginald Howard is from Gardendale, Alabama and attended Gardendale High School as well. After paying his dues freshman and sophomore year, Howard gained 2,876 yards in his junior and senior seasons. Unfortunately, the scouts did not come flocking to the small suburban high school; however, Jordan found a home at University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama.  In 2013, Howard put the nation on notice after rushing for 159 against FIU. Howard finished his freshman year with 881 rushing yards and averaging 6.1 yards per carry. In 2014, Howard excelled in his sophomore campaign as 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.

Unfortunately, UAB’s football program was shut down at the end of 2014. Fortunately, Howard found a home at the Indiana University in 2015. Jordan exploded on the scene on November 14 against Michigan gaining 238 scrimmage yards and scoring twice. As a junior, Howard rushed for 1,213 yards and nine touchdowns on 196 attempts and had 11 receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown. Additionally, Howard made a good friend at IU, current teammate, Nate Sudfeld.

Jordan Howard is far from flashy or the Flash himself; however, he has been Superman for the Chicago Bears. Howard may just be made of steel. According to Sports Injury Predictor, “Since Howard entered the league in 2016, only 4 players have topped his 528 carries. Just 1 of those 3 — and 1 of the next 7 behind him — has averaged more yards per carry than Howard’s 4.6. He has remained remarkably healthy, landing on just 1 injury report: Week 2 of 2017 for a shoulder issue.”  Howard is the definition of reliable and is the exact back we needed to add since the departure of LeGarrette Blount. J24 is a guy who will chip away at the defense both physically and spiritually. It deflates a defense and a coaching staff after an opposing back keeps grabbing four-five yards a carry and keeps the chains moving. With Howard as the thunder and the dynamic duo of Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles as the lightning, the Eagles run game in 2019 is about to shock opposing defenses. Number 24 in midnight green will be dancing early and often at the Linc on September 8th. As Always, Fly Eagles Fly!