The Eagles are re-signing Howard to a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Howard linked up with the Eagles' practice squad last season after falling out of favor in Miami. He ultimately appeared in two games with the team, but fielded just seven carries for 27 yards. The 26-year-old was solid for Philadelphia back in 2019 before getting injured, having recorded 119 carries for 525 yards (4.4 YPC) and nine scores. He'll look to bounce back to former form in a familiar system, while vying for a depth role.
Apr 7, 2021 2:23 PM EST
Howard reverted to Philadelphia's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Howard fielded seven offensive snaps during Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, generating eight yards over his three carries. Miles Sanders picked up the bulk of the RB work on the ground, collecting 57 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Boston Scott, meanwhile, chipped in with two carries for 17 yards. Howard's role remains limited, with the veteran having handled only seven rush attempts over his past two appearances Weeks 13 and 16.
Dec 28, 2020 4:40 PM EST
Howard was elevated from the Eagles' practice squad Saturday.
Analysis: Philadelphia has a full stable of backs at its disposal with Miles Sander, Boston Scott and Corey Clement all being available for Week 16. The veteran Howard will nevertheless provide RB depth Sunday afternoon in a matchup against the Cowboys' bottom-ranked rush defense. Howard's 2020 Eagles debut Week 13 against Green Bay yielded 19 rushing yards over four carries.
Dec 26, 2020 9:54 AM EST
Howard reverted to the Eagles' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: After falling out of favor in the Dolphins' backfield and being unceremoniously waived Nov. 16, Howard signed back on with the Eagles. He made 10 appearances for the team in 2019, and in the first game back Week 13 against the Packers he registered 19 rushing yards over four carries. Philadelphia has a deep RB room with trusted options Boston Scott and Corey Clement in place behind starter Miles Sanders, but that doesn't necessarily preclude Howard from a minor role of his own Week 14 against New Orleans' No. 2 rush defense.
Dec 7, 2020 6:17 PM EST
Howard was elevated from the practice squad Saturday ahead of Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: Howard will make his return to a NFL active roster after being waived by the Dolphins in November. The veteran back struggled mightily in his abbreviated stint with the team, registering a ghastly 1.2 yards-per-carry across 28 attempts, but he did score four touchdowns. It's possible the Eagles could ask him to reprise a similar role, although Miles Sanders and Boston Scott should still a large majority of the snaps in this widening backfield-by-committee.
Dec 5, 2020 10:18 AM EST
The Eagles signed Howard to the practice squad Monday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: The Dolphins waived Howard last week after having just signed him to a two-year, $9.75 million contract in the offseason. The 26-year-old only managed 33 yards (1.2 YPC) across five games in Miami, though he did notch five scores while operating primarily in a short-yardage role. He'll now get a chance to return to Philadelphia, albeit in a deep reserve capacity, at least initially. Howard was much more effective with the Eagles in 2019, when he rushed for 525 yards (4.4 YPC) and six scores in 10 appearances.
Nov 23, 2020 7:10 AM EST
Howard has a visit scheduled with the Eagles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With Miles Sanders back from a three-week absence and Boston Scott acting as a serviceable backup, the Eagles have a steady backfield situation as the season enters its second half. Still, they seem to be kicking the tires on a player who spent the 2019 campaign in Philly. Howard recently was waived by the the Dolphins, with whom he managed 28 carries for 33 yards and four touchdowns in five games this season.
Nov 19, 2020 2:17 PM EST
Howard cleared waivers Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Dolphins waived Howard on Monday in what coach Brian Flores explained was a "mutual parting." Howard was a healthy scratch in four of five games before getting cut, and when he did suit up, he functioned almost exclusively in short-yardage situations, recording 33 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. With Salvon Ahmed showing promise in last week's win over the Chargers, it was clear that Howard would stay out of the game plan moving forward, so it was in his best interests to find a fresh start elsewhere. The 26-year-old back is eligible to sign with a new team immediately.
Nov 17, 2020 2:31 PM EST
The Dolphins waived Howard on Monday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Coach Brian Flores called this a "mutual parting", and it's not a surprising move. Howard has struggled to get his footing as anything but a goal-line back in Miami, recording 33 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries, while running backs Myles Gaskin (knee) and Salvon Ahmed have had no trouble producing. Howard was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games during Sunday's win over the Chargers, and the two sides decided it was best to part ways. The 26-year-old carries a $4.75 million cap hit this season, so he'll likely clear waivers before finding a new team.
Nov 16, 2020 11:08 AM EST
Howard (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 10 tilt against the Chargers.
Analysis: The fifth-year veteran's inactive status is somewhat of a surprise, considering Matt Breida (hamstring) and Lynn Bowden (coach's decision) will also sit out versus Los Angeles. Howard was able to salvage his fantasy day in Week 9 against the Cardinals with his fourth rushing touchdown of the season, but a week later, he'll be in street clothes for the third time this season. The trio of Salvon Ahmed, the recently acquired DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird are on tap to lead the Dolphins backfield in Week 10.
Nov 15, 2020 11:44 AM EST
Howard carried 10 times for 19 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: With injuries mounting on the running back depth chart, Howard received double-digit carries for the first time this season. He averaged just 1.9 yards per carry against a middling Arizona run defense but managed to sneak into the end zone for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Howard was also outgained by both Salvon Ahmed and Tua Tagovailoa on the ground, so he can be considered as a touchdown-dependent fantasy option next Sunday against the Chargers even if Matt Breida (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Nov 8, 2020 5:33 PM EST
Howard appears on track to start Sunday's game in Arizona with Matt Breida (hamstring) ruled out, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Dolphins brought Howard in on a two-year, $9.75 million contract this offseason, but he's now been a healthy scratch in three straight games and was only utilized in short-yardage situations when active. However, with Myles Gaskin (knee) now on IR and Breida unable to go, Miami could have little opportunity other than to finally feature Howard in the backfield. Wolfe's prediction that Howard handles the bulk of early-down work while Patrick Laird plays a change-of-pace role seems realistic, in which case the 26-year-old's touchdown upside would put him on the radar for fantasy consideration.
Nov 6, 2020 12:59 PM EST
Howard (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Rams, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Howard is a healthy scratch for a third straight game, as the Dolphins have entrusted second-year running back Myles Gaskin as a three-down workhorse. Matt Breida and Patrick Laird will operate as depth because Lynn Bowden is also a healthy scratch.
Nov 1, 2020 9:12 AM EST
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.
Oct 18, 2020 11:54 AM EST
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.
Oct 11, 2020 11:42 AM EST
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.
Oct 4, 2020 5:01 PM EST
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.
Sep 25, 2020 7:49 AM EST
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.
Sep 20, 2020 5:55 PM EST
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.
Sep 13, 2020 2:58 PM EST
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.
Sep 13, 2020 11:59 AM EST
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