New offense, same question for Jordan Howard after Eagles trade

New offense, same question for Jordan Howard after Eagles trade

Philly sent a late-round draft pick to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 24-year-old, former Pro Bowl running back. Nagy pretty much said so himself two weeks ago at the combine.

Howard certainly checks the first box above as a tough and determined runner, and entering Year 4 the next game he misses because of injury will be his first, so clearly Davis isn't an upgrade in that department. Eagles had been looking to supplement their running options following the departures of Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles.

A fifth- or sixth-round pick for a really good, young running back is an incredibly low price to pay.

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Howard has 13 100-yard rushing games in his career, tied for third most in the National Football League in that span. The Bears had shopped Howard, 24, all offseason but found a taker with the NFL Draft a little less than one month away. He also caught 29 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown.

Only Ezekiel Elliott and Todd Gurley gained more on the ground during that span. Davis also gained almost a full yard overall more than Howard on each carry last season (4.6 to 3.7) and earned the same AV (approximate value) grade from Pro Football Reference - 6 - as Howard. Vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears' director of college scouting when Howard was drafted. Given his recent production, it's fair to project Howard for just over seven touchdowns. His plodding style didn't fit well in Matt Nagy's offense that prefers to have running backs capable of catching the ball out of the backfield and showing a little more elusiveness and breakaway speed.

The team acquired RB Jordan Howard from Chicago in return for a conditional 2020 6th round pick.