Jordan Howard ready to make an impact in Eagles backfield

Ed Benkin
April 01, 2019 - 6:52 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jordan Howard has seen enough of the Eagles defense.

He was on the receiving end of a rough evening in January as the Eagles knocked the Bears out of the playoffs. Howard was held to 35 yards on 10 carries as Chicago's season came to an end.  

Now, the Eagles defensive players will be Howard's teammates, and the fourth-year running back has no complaints.

"I just came from a great defense and now I'm coming to another great defense," Howard said at a press conference Monday. "I'm definitely glad not to be playing against the Eagles because I haven't had any success against them."

Howard is hoping to fill one of the key off-season holes for the Eagles. With the team moving on from Jay Ajayi, help is needed in the backfield.  

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Howard had three productive seasons in Chicago as he rushed for a total of 3,370 yards. However, his lowest total came last season when he was held to 935 yards. 

Howard wasn't surprised he was traded once the Bears added Mike Davis in free agency, and he insists he has no hard feelings toward his former team.

"They made a decision," he said. "They wanted to move on. I can't be mad at that or have any hard feelings about that."

Once the trade rumors started, Howard knew there was a good chance he would be leaving Chicago, and he wasn't surprised it was the Eagles that made the move.

"I knew something was going to happen," he admitted. "I just didn't know when, and I was just finally relieved. I pretty much knew they were going to be my landing spot just by what my agent had been telling me. I was pretty excited."

Howard split carries with Tarik Cohen and understands today's NFL requires more sharing of the ball in the backfield.  Howard is more than willing to play his part with the likes of Corey Clement, Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood — or whoever else joins the team before the start of the season.

"I'm just coming to help the running back room get better," he added. "We're just going to make each other better by competing and pushing each other."

If Howard is able to put together the same kind of production in Philadelphia as he did in Chicago, the Eagles rushing attack should improve in 2019. Howard is also looking forward to playing in front of the passionate fans of the Delaware Valley and believes his style of play will be a perfect fit in Philadelphia.

"I describe my playing style as being rugged and physical," he noted. "I definitely like setting the tone. I feel like I'm a blue collar player and I feel like this is a blue collar city."