Bears RB Howard wants to see more targets

After a breakout 2016 running the football, Jordan Howard wants to see more work in the passing game. PFF looks at his 2016 production.

| 2 weeks ago
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Bears RB Howard wants to see more targets

  • Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard expects a larger role in his offense’s passing game in 2017, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Howard led all running backs with 8 drops last season, also giving him the league’s worst drop rate on 37 catchable targets.
  • Overall, he wasn’t very effective as a receiver, even when he did hang onto the pass. He finished with just a 1.00 average yards per route run, which ranked 38th out of 43 qualifying running backs.
  • Of all the routes he ran, Howard was most effective in the screen game. 141 of his 298 total receiving yards came on 12 catches on screen plays, good for a 101.3 passer rating for his quarterbacks.
  • In 2017, he’ll face plenty of competition for snaps on passing downs with the return of Jeremy Langford and the addition of veteran Benny Cunningham and rookie Tarik Cohen.

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  • crosseyedlemon

    The Bears are going to be in many unfavorable down & distance situations this season that necessitate longer routes. That in addition to his drop rate should preclude Howard from being a major factor in the passing game. His forte is rushing so let him stick with what he does best.

    • Eric Marsing

      Good points. The more successful the Bears are running with Howard, the less they’ll be in those unfavorable downs and distance. They’ve potentially got three good TEs, and might be weak/average at QB and WR, so we could see a lot of “heavy” packages where they pound the ball. The problem is that if Howard’s not at least a threat as a receiver, it’ll be that much tougher to be successful running the ball. So, he needs to get better at running routes/catching the ball in order help himself as a runner. That being said, I agree that Bears should focus on him primarily as a runner. Plus, I’m excited about the Cunningham and Cohen as change of pace/receiving threats. They can give Howard a break, and handle the obvious passing down situations.