Bears RB Jordan Howard to play at a lighter weight in 2017

2016's breakout RB plans to play lighter on his feet for Chicago in 2017.

| 4 weeks ago
Bears RB Jordan Howard

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Bears RB Jordan Howard to play at a lighter weight in 2017


  • Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard has changed his diet and is lighter than he was during the 2016 season.
  • Howard was a big rookie surprise in 2016 as his 81.0 overall grade ranked seventh out of 62 eligible running backs, instantly making him one of the more promising young backs in the NFL.
  • His elusive rating of 55.2 ranked 10th out of 53 running backs with at least 83 carries. He forced a total of 52 missed tackles on 281 touches and averaged 2.98 yards after contact per carry.
  • Howard also ranked in the top 10 in breakaway-percentage as 36.9 percent of his yardage came on runs of 15 yards or more. He had 19 total 15-plus yard runs, which ranked third.
  • As a rookie, Howard was very effective in pass protection. His 80.7 pass-block grade ranked eighth and his pass-blocking efficiency of 97.4 ranked sixth out 62 eligible running backs. Howard allowed just two pressures on 62 total pass block snaps.

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  • lykorian

    Howard is a great example of why vision and patience are more important than speed for running backs.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Backs that consistently average 4+ yards will stay employed for quite a while even if they lack speed (ie. Frank Gore).

  • crosseyedlemon

    Less weight won’t make Howard more effective but some support from the passing game could. The Bears need to develop other weapons to augment the skills Howard has and they have to improve their time of possession (next to worst) from last season.