Running-back Jordan Howard could possibly be featured prominently at the Eagles’ backfield.
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles trainer Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operation Howie Roseman gave the same of the Aaron Rodgers“R-E-L-A-X” to those panicked regarding the absence of moves to deal with the offensive backfield that this off season. Both noticed at the owners meetings that three of these main runners in the 2017 postseason conduct were obtained following the draft.
“The roster is constantly taking shape,” Pederson said Tuesday during the coaches morning meal. “We’re going to research everything and put in talent and value where we can.”
Patience was rewarded Thursday, when the team won Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears, who’ll get a sixth-round choice in 2020 that will develop into a fifth-round selection , a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Howard could be easily probably the most accomplished running on the Eagles’ roster at the moment, and he appears to be the favorite for the part of lead back for now. He’s the league’s third-leading rusher since he entered the NFL at 2016, he has a group of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, and he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Nicknamed”The Bulldozer,” the 6-foot, 224-pound Howard includes a punishing running style and a nose for the goal point, as he’s scored nine rushing touchdowns in all of the previous two seasons.
In the past several decades, the Eagles have gravitated toward swelling backs, such as LeGarrette Blount (6-foot, 24-7 pounds) and also Jay Ajayi (6-foot, 223 pounds), both of whom have the ability to feast late night whenever the defense is consumed down. Howard can provide a very similar service to a team that enjoys to get beforehand with the pass and salt the game away late with the jog.
Howard’s role in the team ought to take pencil more than pen for the moment, though. He also even experienced a statistical slip last season, along with his yards per attempt have dipped every one of the previous two decades, from 5.2 into 4.1 to 3.7. Current backs on the roster such as Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Boston Scott along with Wendell Smallwood may desire their say, and it remains possible that the Eagles use one of these seven selections on a running this April.
Coach Doug Pederson left the door open to get a Darren Sproles return as well, adding to the likelihood that the running backroom will seem different come the summer.
Even so, Howard represents an upgrade from the team that finished 28th in rushing past season. Even though probably not just a long term cure — he is entering the final season of the rookie deal — Howard has the opportunity to be the direct on a Super Bowl-hopeful team in 2019.