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Jordan Howard would 'love' to make his situation with Eagles more permanent

Jordan Howard would 'love' to make his situation with Eagles more permanent

As Jordan Howard prepares to play his former team, he’d like to make his current situation more permanent.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old has fit in quite well in Philadelphia after the Eagles traded a late-round pick to the Bears to get him in March. On Sunday, the Eagles will host the Bears as Howard enters the second half of his final year under contract.

He’s already seen enough. Howard wants to stay in Philadelphia after this year.

“I would love to be back,” Howard said on Friday. “I’m loving Philly. So I would definitely love to be back. I’m loving my teammates and the city. I would definitely love to be back.”

Through eight games this season, Howard has 100 carries for 443 yards and five touchdowns (he also has one receiving touchdown). While rookie Miles Sanders has made more big-splash plays, Howard has established himself as the workhorse.

And the combo of Howard and Sanders seems to work. They’re complementary players, a sort of thunder-and-lightning combo.

General manager Howie Roseman and the Eagles' front office will have to figure out whether or not it’s worth it to them to re-sign Howard before the end of the season or in the offseason. Remember, it seemed like a big reason they traded for Howard this past offseason is because that was a cheaper option than signing a player on the free agent market.

To give you a sense of what the market might be, this past offseason, Mark Ingram signed a three-year, $15 million contract and Tevin Coleman signed a two-year, $8.5 million deal. When Howard becomes a free agent, he’ll be younger than both of them were during the offseason.

Coming into this season, there were some serious questions about Howard. In his three years in Chicago, while he had been very productive, his production waned. He had fewer yards in each of his successive seasons and his yards-per-carry average dropped each year too. He averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry in 2018.

But in eight games with the Eagles, his average is back up to 4.4, which is just above his three-year average in Chicago. And even though he’s on pace for the fewest yards in his career, he’s on pace for his highest touchdown total.

Overall, it’s hard to argue with his production. Since Howard entered the league as a fifth-round pick out of Indiana in 2016, his 3,813 rushing yards are second to just Ezekiel Elliott.

It would make sense if Howard had revenge on his mind this weekend. After all, the Bears dumped him for a pretty low price. But Howard said he knew for about a month before the trade that he was going to be on the move; it wasn’t a surprise.

So Howard doesn’t care about showing the Bears, ranked 26th in rushing offense, what they’re missing.

“No, I don’t need to prove myself to anybody,” Howard said. “I don’t need any validation from anybody. I’m my own worst critic. Anything I do, I’m my toughest critic, so I don’t care what anybody else says.”

Howard is excited about Sunday, but claims it’s not about revenge. He’s just looking forward to catching up with his old teammates.

With half a season left under contract, he’s hoping his current teammates stay that way.

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The Eagles all-time team: Is Jason Kelce the greatest center in team history?

The Eagles all-time team: Is Jason Kelce the greatest center in team history?

Throughout July, we are unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern to handle the voting. 

Each voter ranked his top five players at 16 different positions. A first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Center

Complete voting:

1. Jason Kelce: 24
2. Jim Ringo: 19
3. Guy Morriss: 13
4. Raleigh McKenzie: 6
5. Vic Lindskog: 4
6. David Alexander: 3
6. Jamaal Jackson: 3
8. Hank Fraley: 2
9. Ken Farragut: 1

The breakdown: Not surprisingly, Jason Kelce wins easily, getting 24 of a possible 25 points and all but one first-place vote. Jim Ringo, a Hall of Famer and six-time All-Pro with the Packers who played his last four seasons with the Eagles, got the other first-place vote. Ringo got two second-place votes and two third-place votes. The other second-place votes went to Raleigh McKenzie — who was only here for two years — and Guy Morris, who played here for 11 years. Interesting to note that center was the only position on offense or defense in which nine different players got at least one vote.

Did we get it right? Ringo had a hell of a career, but all six of his All-Pro honors were with the Packers. Kelce is a three-time All-Pro as an Eagle as well as a three-time Pro Bowler. So this should have been unanimous. Kelce is by any measure the greatest center in Eagles history and one of the greatest of this generation. Lindskog, a starter on two NFL championship teams and a first-team All-Pro in 1951, should have been higher, but it’s hard to argue with the top three.

Complete team: 

We will fill in the team as we go. 

QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy 
WR: Harold Carmichael 
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald
TE: Zach Ertz 
OT: Jason Peters
OT: Lane Johnson 
OG: Brandon Brooks 
OG: Bucko Kilroy 
C: Jason Kelce 

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The Eagles all-time team: Brandon Brooks earns top OG spot

The Eagles all-time team: Brandon Brooks earns top OG spot

In the next few weeks, we will be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up today: Offensive guard 

Complete voting:

1. Brandon Brooks: 24
2. Bucko Kilroy: 13
3. Shawn Andrews: 12
4. Evan Mathis: 11
5. Jermane Mayberry: 9 
6. Todd Herremans: 6

The breakdown: All but one of our voters put Brooks at No. 1, which is pretty impressive. Brooks has been with the Eagles since 2016 but has established himself as one of the best guards in the league. He’s been a Pro Bowler in each of his last three seasons. Kilroy played in the '40s and the '50s and finished as high as first and as low as fourth in our voting.

Did we get it right? I think we did. Brooks is a dominant guard and was a huge part of that Eagles’ Super Bowl championship. He’s already one of the best free agent pickups in team history and the Eagles made him the highest paid guard in the league for a reason. 

Now, Kilroy definitely has a case too. He played for the Eagles for a decade, was a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL champion in ’48 and ’49. He went on to have a long career as an NFL executive and began his second career as an Eagles scout in 1960. 

After the top two, it’s amazing that Andrews came in third. Not undeserving, but he didn’t have a very long career. But the two-time Pro Bowler was about as good at his peak as we’ve ever seen. He never got to live up to that potential, but he was an all-time great for a short period. And Mathis and Mayberry were also Pro Bowlers for the Eagles. It was nice to see Herremans get some votes. He was an important role player for many years.  

Complete team: 

We will fill in the team as we go. 

QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy 
WR: Harold Carmichael 
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald
TE: Zach Ertz 
OT: Jason Peters
OT: Lane Johnson 
OG: Brandon Brooks 
OG: Bucko Kilroy 

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