Howard to Eagles – Ryan Skolrud

By Ryan Skolrud

Many have been seeing this coming for quite a while. The writing was on the wall. The Chicago Bears had put a lot of offensive stock in to Tarik Cohen in the 2018 season and went on to sign former Seahawk running back Mike Davis during free agency.

They now rule the roost in the Chicago backfield with Jordan Howard being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2020 pick.

This move officially moves up Mike Davis’ draft stock going into the 2019 season as long as he stays healthy. He was part of the bruising running back room from the Seattle Seahawks in 2018, and could be a really good compliments to the pass-catching ability Tarik Cohen.

As as far as Jordan Howard goes in Philadelphia, the running back situation maybe very favorable for the three-year veteran. There are question marks around Wendell Smallwood, the ability of Corey Clement to stay healthy, whether or not the Eagles may still look at Jay Ajayi coming off of ACL surgery (I am guessing most likely not anymore) and Josh Adams.

Many fantasy owners have been disappointed do the last year-and-a-half in the production from the former Bears running back as his yards per carry and total yards have declined each of the last two years. I would argue that the decline has more to do with offensive scheme and play calling then it does with his running ability.

If Doug Peterson can find creative ways to use Jordan Howard in the run game and not just have him be a battering ram between the tackles every time he’s handed the ball, Howard could be a very good value pick in fantasy drafts this coming season especially for Zero RB proponents who tend to take running backs later in drafts.

It is still too early to tell, but this move very well could mean great fantasy seasons for both Mike Davis and Jordan Howard. We will definitely be keeping our eye on both guys leading into 2019.


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