Running back Jordan Howard might be featured prominently from the Eagles’ backfield.
PHILADELPHIA — Eagles trainer Doug Pederson and also executive vice president of football operation Howie Roseman gave exactly the same of the Aaron Rodgers“R-E-L-A-X” to those panicked regarding the shortage of moves to deal with the offensive backfield that this offseason. Both noted at the owners meetings which three of the primary runners from the 2017 postseason run were obtained following the draft.
“We’re going to explore everything and add value and talent where we can.”
Patience was rewarded Thursday, when the team won Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears, who’ll receive a sixth-round selection in 2020 which will grow to be a fifth-round selection a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Howard may be the most accomplished running on the Eagles’ roster at the moment, and he generally seems to be the favorite for the use of return for today. He is the team’s third-leading rusher since he entered the NFL at 20-16 he has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his beltand he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Nicknamed”The Bulldozer,” that the 6-foot, 224-pound Howard features a punishing running style and also a nose for the goal point, as he’s scored two rushing touchdowns in all of the last two seasons.
Howard can provide a very comparable service to a team who likes to get beforehand with the pass ancient and salt away the game late with all the run.
Howard’s role on the team should be in pen more than pencil for now, though. He even experienced a statistical slide last year, along with his yards per effort have dipped every one of their last two years, from 5.2 to 4.1 to 3.7. Present-day backs on the roster such as Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Boston Scott along with Wendell Smallwood may desire their state, and it remains possible that the Eagles will use one of the seven picks on a running this April.
Coach Doug Pederson left the door open to get a Darren Sproles return as well, contributing to the chance that the running back room will look different come the summertime.
Even so, Howard represents an upgrade from the team which finished 28th in rushing past season. Although probably not a long-term fix — he is entering the final season of the rookie deal — Howard has a chance to be the lead back on an excellent Bowl-hopeful team in 2019.