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|Before using an early draft pick on Penn State running back Miles Sanders, the Eagles shipped off a late-round pick to the Bears for running back Jordan Howard, a north-south tailback who did not fit the scheme run by Chicago head coach Matt Nagy.
One could argue that the move is a bit of a head-scratcher for the Eagles based on the fact that Doug Pederson also likes to have running backs that can catch. The one thing that does make sense is the Eagles did not have a bruising back on their roster for short yardage and early down work, a role that Howard will likely assume to start the season.
Howard finished the 2018 season as the No.27 ranked running back based on fantasy points per game, just .2 points per game behind his former backfield mate, Tarik Cohen. A concerning trend for Howard is the fact that he has declined in fantasy points per game and yards per attempt in each of his three seasons in the league. His 3.7 yard per carry average last year was disappointing considering the improvements to the Bears offense, and he continues to be a non-factor in the passing game.
|Eagles sticking with RBBC|
RB coach discusses committee approach
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jun 11, 8:00 am
|“We haven’t had that one guy since (LeSean McCoy). To have the type of backfield we have now, we’re going to share the ball and these guys understand that. We talk about if you’re going out there and your number is called, you just go out there and do the best you can during that play. Don’t worry about the course of the game … just take advantage of your number being called during that time ... These guys understand. It’s something we’ve been doing for a while.” (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: Running backs coach Duce Staley continues to preach the committee approach and unless the position endures significant injury it's going to be tough for fantasy owners to peg the most worthy fantasy running back in any given week. Jordan Howard has received praise for his pass-catching chops in minicamp and rookie Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood all figure to have their opportunities during the course of the season.
|Bears ship RB Jordan Howard to Eagles|
Boost for Mike Davis in Chicago
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Mar 28, 7:55 pm
|Bears trading RB Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 6th-round pick in 2020 that can become a 5th-round pick, league source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Howard is still just 24 years old and now moves to the Eagles who are known for their running back by committee approach. He should handle early-down work as long as he remains healthy, with Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Josh Adams filling out the RB group. This move is also a boost for Mike Davis in Chicago who will split time with Tarik Cohen.