Jordan Howard

Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24
Philadelphia Eagles
Running Back #24
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Gets practice squad opportunity

The Eagles signed Howard to the practice squad Wednesday, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Howard mostly operated as a situational short-yardage option across seven appearances between the Dolphins and Eagles last season. With Philadelphia heading toward Week 1 with only Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell on the initial 53-man roster, Howard will wait in the reserves as an emergency option in case of injury .

Sep 2, 2021 4:40 AM EST

Leaving Philly

The Eagles released Howard on Tuesday, EJ Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: Howard didn't make the initial 53-man roster as the trio of Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell enter Week 1 as the team's running backs. Howard thus will hit the market after compiling just 36 touches in seven games between the Dolphins and Eagles last season.

Aug 31, 2021 1:24 PM EST

Closing in on roster spot

Howard did not play in Friday's preseason contest, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: It's telling the team chose not to play Howard at all considering his tenuous spot on the roster just weeks prior. It appears the release of Kerryon Johnson (knee) essentially secured the veteran's spot by default, with both Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell also slotting in behind starter Miles Sanders.

Aug 28, 2021 2:45 PM EST

Making serious bid for roster spot

Howard is a good bet to make the Eagles roster and could even garner some playing time in the regular season, Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Analysis: Among the other candidates to back up Miles Sanders, Howard has stood out for his ability as an inside runner and especially in pass protection this preseason. His skills complement those of Boston Scott and 2021 fifth-round selection Kenneth Gainwell -- the smaller, speedier backs in camp -- who are also likely to make the team. Kerryon Johnson is currently week-to-week with a knee injury and is accordingly falling behind in the race.

Aug 16, 2021 5:24 PM EST

Draws preseason start

Jordan Howard started Thursday's 24-16 preseason loss to the Steelers, which bodes well for his chances of making the team, E.J. Smith of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Analysis: With Miles Sanders a healthy scratch, Howard played the first series, rushing once for three yards and also doing a nice job of pass blocking. Boston Scott got the second series, while Jason Huntley, Kenneth Gainwell, and Kerryon Johnson finished the rest of the game. Howard and Scott getting reps with the starters could mean that they are ahead of the rest for a roster spot, most likely leaving just one other job in the Eagles' backfield available.

Aug 14, 2021 1:23 AM EST

On roster bubble

Howard is not assured of a spot with the Eagles, Tim McManus of reports.

Analysis: Howard signed in April as the ostensible third back behind Miles Sanders and Boston Scott before Philadelphia added Kerryon Johnson off the waiver wire and Kenneth Gainwell via the draft. The latter two are younger and have looked significantly better on the football field over the past couple of seasons. Nevertheless, Johnson has had issues staying healthy and Gainwell has yet to prove himself at the pro level, so this is a battle that will play out in training camp.

Jul 10, 2021 2:05 AM EST

Headed back to Philly

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

Bound for practice squad once again

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

Slides up from practice squad

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

Doesn't stick on active roster

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

Returning to Philadelphia

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

Inks with Philly's practice squad

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

Meeting with Eagles

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

Passes through waivers

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

Let go by Miami

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

Healthy scratch Week 10

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

Finds end zone in win over Arizona

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

Could start Week 9

Howard appears on track to start Sunday's game in Arizona with Matt Breida (hamstring) ruled out, Cameron Wolfe of 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

Sitting out again Sunday

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

Inactive again Sunday

Howard is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets, Cameron Wolfe of 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

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