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Jordan Howard excited about new role in Eagles passing offense

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Jordan Howard excited about new role in Eagles passing offense

The Bears never explicitly said running back Jordan Howard was a poor fit in Matt Nagy’s offense, but that’s the assumed reason behind Ryan Pace trading his former fifth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this offseason.

Howard is making himself at home in Doug Pedersen’s offense, and he likes his fit in their system — generally the same offense Nagy runs.

He took a subtle shot at his former team as he looks to prove himself more as a receiver.

Early in his Bears career, he struggled with dropped passes out of the backfield, but he didn’t let a single Mitchell Trubisky throw go through his hands in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.

Pace drafted Howard’s long-term replacement in the 2019 NFL Draft and added the veteran Mike Davis in free agency, both known as better receivers than the perception of Howard in Chicago.

Ultimately, his production this season will speak for itself. If he can make an impact in the passing game, he could make the Bears look worse for trading him away, but if he continues a more one-dimensional role, he could justify Nagy and Pace’s decision.

Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

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Plenty of Bears players had their own Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph takes

Thursday Night Football has a rich history of providing insanely boring games. It unites the football watching community by reminding them that hey, maybe that weeknight ACC game is a better choice (it was!). Last night's literal scrap between Cleveland and Pittsburgh broke the mold, though, and everyone brought some real Weekend Enthusiasm to their takes today. Plus there's still 48 hours before any other games, so strap in. 

There was a defensive lineman's take:

There was an offensive tackle's take: 

There was Tarik Cohen's take:

Allen Robinson was watching the Mavericks: 

The NFL just announced that Myles Garrett would be suspended indefinitely, so there will be certainly be more takes to come. When they come – and they will – from the Bears' direction, we'll have it covered. 

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

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Under Center Podcast: Tony Dungy & Chris Simms preview Bears/Rams

JJ Stankevitz catches up with NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy about how important Sunday's Bears-Rams game is for both teams. They also discuss the degree to which the Bears miss Jordan Howard, and Lovie Smith's revival of the Fighting Illini (1:00).

Then, producer Eric Strobel and NBC's Chris Simms discuss how teams are game-planning for Khalil Mack, how and why both the Bears and Rams have disappointed this season and which franchise he'd want to be moving forward (11:00).

Listen to the episode here or via the embedded player below:

Under Center Podcast

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