|ADP:||Round: 7, Pick: 8|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 230 lb.|
|Born:||November 2, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 5 (150)|
Howard is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran back, who signed a two-year, $9.75 million deal with Miami back in March, is thus a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week. As a result, Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida will head the Dolphins' Week 6 rushing attack, with Lynn Bowden and Patrick Laird in reserve.
Howard (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the 49ers.
Analysis: Howard has primarily been a red-zone specialist for the Dolphins through four games, totaling just 18 carries on the season, with eight coming from the 20-yard line or closer on his way to three rushing scores. However, he'll now don street clothes for the first time all season, with Miami set to go with a top RB duo of Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida against the 49ers.
Howard had two carries for two yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Howard managed to score in short-yardage scenarios during the first three weeks of the season, but in Week 4 he showcased the sort of low-floor fantasy statline his current usage will result in when he's not lucky enough to score. The 25-year-old hasn't yet exceeded 10 rushing yards in a game this season.
Howard had three carries for one yard and a touchdown during Thursday's 31-13 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Howard took the field late in the first quarter to punch in a one-yard score, salvaging his fantasy day with a TD for the third consecutive week. Now that he's been completely relegated to short-yardage duties (0.8 YPC through three contests), Howard's low-ceiling, low-floor fantasy value only comes due to his consistent goal-line work.
Howard had five carries for four yards and one score during Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Howard had only five total touches Sunday, the second straight contest in which he was marginalized to short-yardage situations and salvaged his fantasy day with a touchdown. Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida each had more carries than Howard (seven) and are also involved in the passing game. As long as Howard remains relegated to just a goal-line role on an unreliable offense, he'll be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.
Howard rushed eight times for seven yards and the team's lone touchdown in Sunday's 21-11 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: It's a relief that Howard appears to have escaped the game injury-free, but he couldn't find any running room and ceded the majority of carries to Myles Gaskin (nine carries for 40 yards) and Matt Breida (five carries for 22 yards). He salvaged an otherwise forgettable Dolphins debut with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, and Howard's fantasy value is tied to goal-line touches given his competition for carries and lack of receiving acumen.
A press box announcement that indicated Howard suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Patriots was erroneous, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Meanwhile, DeVante Parker is evidently the Miami player dealing a with a hamstring issue. Howard will thus continue to share backfield duties Sunday with Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida.
Howard (hamstring) is questionable to return to Sunday's contest in New England, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Prior to his departure, Howard had five carries for six yards. As long as Howard is sidelined, the Dolphins will rely on Matt Breida, Myles Gaskin and Patrick Laird on the ground.
Howard is listed as the top running back on Miami's first unofficial depth chart, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Howard reportedly put together a solid inaugural training camp with the Dolphins, and his position as the team's starter out of the backfield appears solidified. Matt Breida also stands to garner a significant amount of carries, and he looks like the favorite for work in passing scenario, but Howard should balance that out by being the top option around the goal line. The 25-year-old faces a tough matchup against the Patriots in Week 1, but he looks locked in for a respectable workload.
Running backs coach Eric Studesville lauded Howard's "experience" Tuesday but said it's still too early to decide how backfield snaps will dispense, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: "[Howard]'s got good feet for a big back, he's got good vision," Studesville said. "I think he'll have a chance to be a physical presence for us, as well as effective in the passing game with what we're asking for." It's somewhat surprising to hear Studesville express confidence in Howard's pass-catching chops, considering that the 25-year-old has seen his receiving totals diminish with each year in the league, but it at least leaves open the door for possible utility in PPR leagues. It seems far more likely, however, that Howard will claim the majority work on early downs, while backfield mate Matt Breida operates as Miami's preferred change-of-pace option. The most realistic outcome for the Dolphins' backfield is probably a committee approach, the likes of which is normally dreaded for fantasy purposes, but if Howard's short-area power and vision can also make him the top option around the goal line, he could provide consistent weekly value.
Howard is the top candidate to handle the majority of carries around the goal line, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: A former Pro Bowler who's firmly established his abilities to handle a workload in the NFL, Howard is the likely favorite to stand atop Miami's backfield depth chart entering the 2020 season. The 25-year-old should likewise earn the majority of carries near opposing goal lines, courtesy of his physical, bruising running style which favors work between the tackles. On the other hand, Howard's lack of receiving prowess and elusiveness presents an open window for Matt Breida to earn the majority of touches designed to create space. As such, Howard stands to hold the safer floor in standard scoring formats with Breida receiving a boost in PPR leagues. It's within the realm of possibility that the two could pair up to form a dreaded backfield by committee, where either tailback's fantasy relevance on a given week becomes dependent on gamescript.
Howard appears set to form a backfield tandem with Matt Breida, whom the Dolphins acquired in exchange for a fifth-round pick Saturday, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Howard was positioned as the unquestioned No. 1 option in Miami's backfield prior to the team's acquisition of Breida, who impressed as a part-time player in San Francisco's rushing attack over the last three seasons. Both 25-year-old tailbacks boasts effective and distinct skillsets -- Howard being a consistent rusher between the tackles, whereas Breida brings explosiveness and pass-catching prowess -- making it easy to envision them syncing up as a complementary duo for 2020. Howard, to his credit, has proven an ability to hold up while handling a large workload, making him the favorite to handle the majority of early-down work, while Breida (who has never eclipsed more than 180 touches in a single season) could be more effective in a change-of-pace role. Breida will play out the 2020 campaign on his one-year, $3.3 million RFA contract tender, while Howard's two-year, $10 million deal could lend him more long-term security in Miami. In any case, both running backs look primed to handle significant workloads for the Dolphins in 2020.
Howard (shoulder) said Thursday that he's fully healthy after a shoulder stinger sidelined him for most of the second half of the 2019 season, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports. "I'm back to 100 percent now," Howard said. "It took a while, but I'm finally back to being 100 percent."
Analysis: As a member of the Eagles last season, Howard was the team's leading rusher through its first nine games, but he logged just one snap over Philadelphia's final eight games -- including a wild-card round loss to Seattle -- while managing the injury. After being active but going unused in the playoffs, Howard admitted afterward that he hadn't fully regained strength in his shoulder, but he now looks to be in a good spot health-wise following two-plus months of rest and rehab. The Dolphins' decision to sign Howard to a two-year, $10 million deal in the first week of free agency implies confidence in his health, and the 25-year-old tentatively looks in line to lead Miami's ground game in 2020. He could face more of a challenge for the top job, however, if the Dolphins invest an early round pick into a running back during April's draft.
The Dolphins and Howard agreed to a contract Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Howard played just one offensive snap after the Eagles' Week 10 bye, the result of a lingering shoulder injury. After the team's wild-card loss to the Seahawks, he noted he didn't have the strength in his shoulder to take the field, despite being active and available. Howard's upcoming deal likely will be contingent on him passing a physical, but due to world events it's unclear when that'll come to pass. Once he gets the all-clear, though, he'll be a candidate to lead a Miami backfield that also includes Kalen Ballage, Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin, among others.
Howard relayed Sunday that he didn't have enough strength in his shoulder to play during the Eagles' wild-card defeat to the Seahawks, Martin Frank of The Delaware News Journal reports.
Analysis: Although he was active for the Eagles' last two games, Howard played just one snap on offense in the regular-season finale. A pesky shoulder injury was to blame, sidelining him for six consecutive contests following the team's Week 10 bye. Prior to the injury, he averaged 4.4 YPC on his 119 rushes, reeled in 10 of 14 targets for 69 yards and scored seven touchdowns in nine outings. The absence allowed 2019 second-round pick Miles Sanders and Boston Scott a chance to shine, which combined with Howard's impending unrestricted free agency leaves his future clouded.
Coach Doug Pederson expects Howard to have a role on offense in Sunday's playoff game against Seattle, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Analysis: Howard returned from a six-game absence for Sunday's 34-17 win over the Giants, but he was limited to a single snap even though Miles Sanders was forced out early with an ankle injury. Boston Scott took advantage with a 19-54-3 rushing line and four catches for 84 yards on six targets, so he could serve as the lead back if Sanders isn't ready for the playoff game. Howard's involvement, or lack thereof, may largely depend on the health of Sanders' ankle.
Howard (shoulder) practiced fully Friday and won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Giants.
Analysis: After receiving clearance for contact following Thursday's session, Howard concluded the week with his first full practice since early November. The Eagles were evidently satisfied with what they saw from Howard, who will put an end to his six-game absence in the regular-season finale. Coach Doug Pederson indicated earlier this week that he now views Miles Sanders as the top option in the Philadelphia backfield, so Howard will likely be in store for a noticeable downturn in the 14.3 touches per game he averaged through the first nine weeks of the season.
Howard has been cleared for contact and is expected to play Sunday against the Giants, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: It's been a long road back for Howard, who missed the Eagles' last six games. However, with him finally cleared for contact, he is on track to return to action in the Eagles' regular-season finale. Howard is expected to play a secondary role to Miles Sanders in Week 17, and Boston Scott is still expected to see some snaps as well, so it seems Howard's workload will be limited in his return.
Howard (shoulder) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Though Howard has appeared on the practice report as a limited participant for multiple weeks but has still missed six consecutive games, the Eagles are bullish the running back will be ready to play in Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Giants. According to Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia, coach Doug Pederson said that Howard will be reassessed by team doctors later Thursday and is expected to receive clearance to take contact, which had been the main obstacle standing in the way of the 25-year-old's ability to play in games. While Howard had acted as the Eagles' top option on the ground prior to suffering the shoulder stinger, he's likely to play more of a complementary role if active Sunday, as coach Doug Pederson said Miles Sanders has been the "hot hand lately" and will remain Philadelphia's lead back.
Howard (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report.
Analysis: The limited listing represents no real change in Howard's practice activity from the past few weeks, but all indications are that the 25-year-old is on track to put an end to his six-game absence Sunday against the Giants. In order to avoid carrying an injury designation into the weekend, Howard will likely need to take full contact and log full participation in practice by Friday. Assuming Howard gets the green light to play, he may be thrust into more of a complementary role after previously headlining the Eagles' rushing attack in the first nine weeks, per Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Rookie Miles Sanders has fared well while Howard has been out the past several weeks and looks poised to retain the top spot on the depth chart, likely leaving Howard to take on only a handful of touches.
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