The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing back a familiar name.
Jordan Howard visited with the Eagles after being waived by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said on Thursday that Howard is expected to sign with Philly after clearing COVID-19 protocols.
Howard, 26, had just 33 yards on 28 carries for Miami prior to being cut. He was originally a 5th-round pick by the Bears in 2016 and had three successful seasons with them before being traded to Philly.
Howard rushed for 525 yards and six touchdowns on 119 carries last year for the Eagles. He signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins in the offseason but did not produce much for them.
Miles Sanders handles lead back duties for Philly, so Howard would figure in somewhere below Sanders on the depth chart once he joins the team.
The Philadelphia Eagles will get a boost to their offense for their crucial Week 17 game against the New York Giants.
Jordan Howard, who has not played since Week 9 with a stinger injury, will return this week, which led Philadelphia to release running back Jay Ajayi.
While Miles Sanders has picked up the slack in recent weeks, Howard’s return will be welcome. He had 525 yards and nine touchdowns before going down at the start of November.
The Eagles are very low on offensive weapons due to an incredible amount of injuries. They have at least one big name lined up to return, but it will still be a couple weeks before that can happen. Howard, however, will be available this week for a game that may make or break the Eagles’ playoff hopes.
The Los Angeles Chargers have given Melvin Gordon permission to seek a trade in advance of the regular season, and one team that reportedly has some interest is the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chargers turned down an offer from the Eagles that would have sent running back Jordan Howard and a mid-round draft pick to LA in exchange for Gordon, Albert Breer of The MMQB reports.
Reports have indicated the Chargers want a first-round pick in addition to another draft pick for Gordon, so it makes sense that they turned Philly’s offer down. They may have trouble getting that much, however, as Gordon has a history of knee issues and has just one year remaining on his contract.
The Chargers recently gave Gordon an ultimatum with his contract, but he still seems intent on not showing up without a new deal. It’s possible they could drop their asking price and move on from them if they don’t want to sign him long-term.
Gordon rushed for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns last season in just 12 games. Health has been an issue for him at times, which is a big reason why he has just one 1,000-yard rushing season in his four-year NFL career.
Training camps across the NFL are well underway and the battles are beginning to play out. There are many reasons to pay attention to what happens on the practice field. There can be significant injuries, players who are surprising, others who don’t look sharp, and those who are putting their stamp on a job. There are also comeback stories and players to watch for a whole host of reasons.
Here are ten players whose training camp performance bears watching closely.
Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
After missing all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, Andrew Luck returned in 2018 and put on a show. He bounced back with 39 touchdown passes and a career-best 430 completions and 67.3 completion percentage while leading the Colts to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance. Everything looked good for 2019, but now Luck is dealing with a calf injury that has kept him out of minicamp and the start of training camp. The Colts better hope Luck is healthy in time for Week 1. If not, it would be Jacoby Brissett time.
The 2019 NFL offseason got off to a fast start and has featured many trades, signings, and players being released. Some of the moves could shift the control of power across the league.
But which teams did best? Which teams positioned themselves for a run at the Super Bowl? Which free agents landed in a location where they can excel or take the next step in their respective careers?
Here’s a look at the 10 best moves, for both player and team, from what has been a wild offseason.
10. Lions sign Trey Flowers
The Lions have suddenly found a niche in developing pass rushers, but perhaps none are as talented as the newly signed Trey Flowers. After years learning under Bill Belichick, Flowers will now reunite with another man who helped develop him, head coach Matt Patricia. And the defensive-minded Patricia appears to have a very specific role in mind for the Flowers, which should allow the edge rusher to improve upon his sack numbers, possibly even leading to double-digit sacks for the first time in his career. Beyond just that, Flowers provides Detroit a top-end edge rusher who will open up opportunities for other defenders, likely increasing pass rush production across the board.
The Philadelphia Eagles are adding another running back to their position group.
The Eagles have acquired Jordan Howard in a trade with the Chicago Bears, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Schefter says the Bears are receiving a 6th-round pick in 2020 as part of the deal that can become a 5th-rounder.
The Bears had been shopping Howard and found a taker in Philadelphia. The deal makes sense for both sides. Chicago has Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis and wanted to get something before losing Howard in free agency. Philly really doesn’t have a No. 1 back and is more or less collecting decent options like Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, Josh Adams and Donnel Pumphrey.
Howard had 935 yards and 9 touchdowns last season. He had 1,122 and 1,313 yards in the two previous seasons and may end up being the feature back in Philly.
Jordan Howard was a big part of the Chicago Bears’ offense last season, but the team is apparently open to the idea of trading the running back.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that teams approached the Bears at the NFL Scouting Combine last week to discuss the possibility of acquiring Howard, and those talks are still ongoing.
Howard, the Bears’ fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons and fell just short with 935 last year. He rushed for nine touchdowns in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018.
The Bears may be thinking about expanding Tarik Cohen’s role in 2019, but he has been a far bigger contributor in the passing game. If they do part ways with Howard, they will likely be looking for a high draft pick.
Jordan Howard has rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first two NFL seasons, but he has struggled a bit in the passing game. Many think he is better suited as an early-down back because of that, but new Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy does not see it that way.
Howard has been working on catching passes this offseason, and Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune notes that he has shown improvement. The 23-year-old says that has a lot to do with new running backs coach Charles London working with him on hand placement.
“I used to have my hands all over the place, but now Coach London is working with me on my hand placement and looking the ball in,” Howard explained.
Nagy, who was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City last year when Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt caught 53 passes, said there’s no reason to think Howard can’t be an every-down back.
“There’s this notion that he is just a first-and second-down back, and I don’t believe that,” Nagy said. “Jordan can play all three downs. We’re going to do that. We’re going to use him, and we’re going to use other guys on first and second down when we need to.
“For us, it’s important for Jordan to know and for everybody on our offense to know that he’s a big part of this. This kid’s had a very successful career so far. We’re crazy as coaches if we don’t understand it and if we don’t use that to our advantage.”
Second-year back Tarik Cohen had 53 receptions for Chicago last season, so he will obviously be a factor. Having two backs who can catch passes is never a bad thing, and that is surely what Nagy is hoping for in 2018.
Jordan Howard is participating in a sacred offseason tradition: an athlete causing a mild hysteria with potentially-ominous activity on social media.
The Chicago Bears running back created a bit of a stir on Wednesday when many noticed he had deleted all of his Bears-related posts from Instagram.
Some Bears fans immediately launched into a panic about Howard’s future.
It sounds like a rumored Jarvis Landry trade is a non-starter for one team involved.
An NBC Chicago report stated that the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins had discussions about a Jarvis Landry-for-Jordan Howard trade, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport poured cold water on those reports.
The only clear thing is that Landry is on his way out of Miami. It sounds like the Dolphins are having a rough time finding a trade partner, though. Howard would have been a good get, but it simply doesn’t sound plausible.