Jordan Howard says he has no hard feelings towards his former team

Ed Benkin
November 01, 2019 - 8:36 pm
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard (24) tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Micah Hyde (23) and defensive end Trent Murphy (93).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It would be easy for Jordan Howard to feel disrespected, but the Eagles running back insists that's not the case.

Howard was traded from the Bears to the Eagles for a sixth-round draft pick during the off-season. At the halfway point of the season, the deal seems like a lopsided one in the Eagles favor. 

Howard has rushed for 443 yards and is coming off a 96-yard performance last week against Buffalo. Meanwhile, the Bears are 3-4 and have struggled offensively this season. 

Much of Chicago's offensive woes have been the result of the struggles of quarterback Mitch Trubisky, but it's hard to imagine the Bears offense not being better if Howard were still in Chicago.

However, it's been business as usual for the former Bear this week.   

"I'm excited just to get to see my former teammates," said Howard. "There are people I played with for three years. That will be exciting, but I'm just going to treat it like another game."

Howard has seemingly taken the same approach this week as he would any other week. 

His head coach hadn't noticed any difference throughout practice this week and you will hear no complaints from Doug Pederson or the rest of the coaching staff. 

Pederson has been impressed with Howard's preparation and work ethic ever since he arrived in Philadelphia.

"I've seen the guy," Pederson said. "Each week's been focused and this really hasn’t been any different for him, the way he's gone about his business and the way he's prepared. He's had a good week of practice and I know he'll be excited to see some of his teammates and friends, but at the same time, once it's teed up, it's football and he'll be ready."  
  
It would be easy to understand if Howard would be running with a chip on his shoulder on Sunday. 

Howard was quite productive in the Bears' backfield during his first two seasons in Chicago. However, his number of carries dropped in 2018 and it became apparent in the off-season the Bears were willing to part with Howard. 

Maybe the Bears thought he wasn't the right fit for their offense or that Howard wouldn't be as productive. Whatever the reason, Howard says he will not be out to prove a point on Sunday.

"I don't need to prove myself to anybody," said Howard. "I don't need any validation from anybody. I'm my own worst critic, so anything I do, I'm my toughest critic. I don't care what anybody else says." 

The Bears will hardly be worrying about proving a point to Howard with their season on the line. 

Chicago is 3-4 and three games behind the Packers in the NFC North. The Bears' playoff hopes are slowly slipping away, and Howard knows his former teammates will be desperate when they arrive at the Linc on Sunday. 

There is also the matter of the last time the two teams met when the Eagles knocked the Bears out of the playoffs.

"They're going to be motivated because they are coming off some losses," Howard said. "They'll definitely be motivated coming off losses and especially how the year ended last year with the loss to the Eagles. They'll definitely be motivated, but just because it's the next game."