Jordan Howard is the “main guy” for the Bears

AP

For a guy who wasn’t supposed to be a good fit for Matt Nagy’s offense, Jordan Howard has fit right in. The Bears had no real interest in trading him, always planning to use him as their feature back.

“He already said I’m going to be the main guy,” Howard said, via Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Howard, a fifth-round pick in 2016, has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons to start his career. He has 2,435 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns in his two seasons.

But will Nagy use him as a traditional bell-cow running back?

“He’s proven that he’s done that, so that’s for sure,” Nagy said. “In this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether or not you need that.”

Howard, 23, has worked hard on his receiving skills this offseason. He made only 52 catches for 423 yards and one touchdown, with several big drops, the past two seasons.

“He throws the ball to me himself,” Howard said of Nagy. “He helps me work on my [catching].”

5 responses to “Jordan Howard is the “main guy” for the Bears

  1. If his OL can stay healthy and he learns how to catch the ball, he can be a top 5 RB in this league. Nagy’s offense will give him that opportunity.

  2. Good. He’s one of my keepers in FF (the other is Deshawn Watson). I struggled with the decision after watching Cohen take some of his shine last season, so I’m glad Nagy wants him to be the feature back. Howard definitely has the talent to be a top 5 RB in the NFL.

  3. Howard is the closest to a “Payton-like back” the Bears have ever had. He was never part of the pass game in college and Nagy is the first to develope him. Watch out for him this year.

  4. bratmanweb says:
    May 31, 2018 at 5:50 pm
    Howard is the closest to a “Payton-like back” the Bears have ever had.

    Wow, how quickly we forget Matt Forte.

  5. “In this offense, it’s more game specific, as to whether or not you need that.”

    Translation:

    “We’re gonna be throwing the ball 90% of the time every week.”

    Another sucked air it out coach in Chicago. Martz…Trestman…Nagy.

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