Jordan Howard is off to an incredible start to his career. He set the Chicago Bears rookie rushing record in 2016 with 1,313 yards and became the first Bears running back in franchise history to begin a career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He ended last year with 1,122 yards.
Can he do it three years in a row?
Our J.J. Stankevitz offered five hypothetical Bears prop bets in light of the Supreme Court's decision on sports gambling. One of those bets was an over/under on Howard's rushing yards. The line was set at 999 1/2 yards. According to more than 900 fans polled, Howard will hit the over.
Over/Under - 999.5 rush yards for Jordan Howard this season.— Bears Talk (@NBCSBears) May 14, 2018
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Howard's production will depend largely on how he's used in Matt Nagy's offense. Kareem Hunt, last year's standout rookie with the Chiefs, led the NFL in rushing (1,327 yards) with Nagy calling plays. He was also targeted 63 times in the passing game and secured 53 receptions. A Nagy running back has to catch the ball, something Howard has struggled with so far through two seasons.
He'll need to become a more consistent receiver to maximize his reps on the field. If Nagy starts developing more confidence in Tarik Cohen, who proved last year he can run the ball with field-flipping ability, then Howard's opportunities for carries will slowly slip away.
For now, Howard is the bell cow of the running game and has the confidence of Bears fans behind him.