With a ground game in need of a boost, the Eagles traded for running back Jordan Howard of the Bears on Thursday night, ESPN reported. Philadelphia gave up a conditional 6th round pick to get Howard.
A fifth-round pick in Chicago in 2016, Howard rushed for more than 1,100 yards in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018, that total dipped to 935 yards as Tarik Cohen emerged for the Bears.
A skilled running back and a capable pass catcher, Howard helps the Eagles immediately and comes at a marginal cost. 2019 will be the final year on his rookie contract, and it’s unclear if he wants to work on a new deal.
The Eagles ranked near the bottom of the NFL running the ball in 2018. Josh Adams led Philly with 511 rush yards.
As a team, Philadelphia averaged 3.9 yards-per-carry, which was 30th out of 32 NFL teams.
For his career, Howard has averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry.
Howard has only faced the Redskins once, where he torched them for 119 yards on 18 carries.
The trade makes sense for both teams, as Howard has the talent to be a bell cow RB for the Eagles. In Chicago, on the other hand, the coast is now clear for Cohen to take over the top RB spot.
The trade isn’t good news for the rest of the NFC East, and that includes the ‘Skins.
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