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Darrell Henderson is the most explosive college running back in the draft, and that’s not all - SB Nation
There isn’t a Saquon Barkley or Leonard Fournette in the 2019 NFL Draft. Barkley and Fournette were no-brainer high first-round picks the way the NFL is now (but, yes, if you swear a team should never draft a running back that high, I hear you). The 2019 class has a bunch of guys with value who will come off the board on the second and third days, and maybe one or two near the end of the first round. There are two Alabama backs, Josh Jacobs and Damien Harris. There are longtime college producers like Benny Snell and Devin Singletary, and some stars coming off injuries, like Rodney Anderson and Bryce Love. But there’s also Memphis star Darrell Henderson, who does a lot of this. That’s basically peak Henderson right there. He’s got impressive explosion through the hole, accelerates well after contact, and will absolutely make you look silly if you take an even slightly bad angle toward him. He’s got upper-body power to shed anyone who tries to go high on him.

7 thoughts on the Eagles’ trade for Jordan Howard - BGN
The feeling here is that Howard will supplant Blount as a “1A” type in the rotation. For reference, Blount averaged 10.8 attempts in 2017. ESPN’s Mike Clay projects Howard will get around 13.8 carries per game, which sounds about right. The Eagles have averaged 27.1 rush attempts per game in the Pederson era. If Howard is around 14 carries per game, that leaves about 13 carries for Philly’s other running backs. Clement might be a factor for this team but it’s not like all those remaining touches are always to go to him. Adams, Smallwood, Scott, Pumphrey are really competing to make the roster.

More on Jordan Howard - Iggles Blitz
You have to understand the Howard deal to appreciate it. Jordan Howard isn’t here to be the next Brian Westbrook or Shady McCoy. This isn’t a RB you build an offense around. That’s part of the reason the Eagles were able to get him for a sixth round pick. Howard was brought in to be part of the offense. He’s not the answer, but is part of the solution. We’d all love to see an elite RB paired with Carson Wentz for the next five years, but that doesn’t have to happen. Tom Brady has had a slew of RBs to feed the ball to. None of them were elite players. The Eagles offense in 2017 didn’t have an elite RB. This can work if you have a smart, creative coaching staff and a talented, versatile offense. I think the Eagles are good in both of those areas. Think of Howard as a less explosive, but more durable version of Jay Ajayi. There is absolutely value in a RB like that. The Eagles only ran for 100 or more yards in a game in consecutive weeks twice last year. And both times it was just two games. The 2017 team ran for 100 or more yards 10 weeks in a row. There is more to that than the play of the RBs, but consistency was a big issue in 2018.

Bears Trade Howard to Eagles - Rotoworld
The deal also makes a lot of sense for Philadelphia, who has been trying to fill the running back gap since RB LeSean McCoy was sent packing following the 2014 season. The Eagles have made moves at the position over the years, signing RB DeMarco Murray and trading for RB Jay Ajayi most notably, but they haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Shady went to Buffalo. Howard represents another effort to find a lead back, though fantasy owners should temper our expectations as HC Doug Pederson has made it clear he prefers a committee approach to the backfield.

Barnwell’s 2019 NFL free-agency and trade grades: Tracking every big signing and move - ESPN
Bears grade: C+ [...] Eagles grade: B+ [...] The 24-year-old averaged 5.2 yards per carry that season but only 3.7 yards per rush this past campaign. What was missing? Long runs. In 2016, Howard produced six runs of more than 25 yards, including carries for 69, 57, 36 and 31 yards. In 2018, he had one such carry, a 42-yarder. The 224-pound back isn’t exactly Tarik Cohen in the open field, but long runs tend to be random from year to year, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he broke big plays more frequently in 2019.

Jordan Howard offers low fantasy ceiling with the Eagles - PFF
Putting that all together, we have the following 2019 fantasy football projection for Howard: 218 carries, 872 yards, 7 touchdowns29 targets, 19 catches, 139 yards, 0.25 touchdowns, 163.6 PPR points. That projected point total would have finished 27th among running backs in PPR scoring last season. That isn’t even RB2 production, which means there’s a darn good chance Howard is going to be overdrafted and end up as a fantasy disappointment. Don’t get me wrong, Howard is still a viable option in the fifth or sixth round of fantasy drafts. But at this point, it seems more likely that he comes off the board in the fourth round. Given his expected role in the Eagles’ offense and his historic production, Howard is a low-ceiling fringe RB2 option who is likely to be a frustrating fantasy option for anyone who takes him to be their No. 2 fantasy running back.

After move from predictable Bears offense, Jordan Howard should excel with Eagles - NBCSP
Howard’s best NFL season to date tops both Ajayi’s and Blount’s, and it was as a member of a 3-13 Bears team quarterbacked by Jay Cutler, Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Now imagine Howard in midnight green, as arguably the offense’s fifth most dangerous weapon behind Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor; with Dallas Goedert and maybe even Darren Sproles also in the mix; with Jason Peters, Lane Johnson and Jason Kelce paving the way; and with Wentz back at 100 percent, throwing the ball for miles or taking off whenever the mood suits. Howard might not be on the level of an Elliott or Gurley, but in the Eagles’ offense, he should also do a lot more than his last two seasons in Chicago suggest.

Paving lanes and toting pigskin; making sense of the trade and the Bears’ new plan at running back - Windy City Gridiron
Despite the ominous and harsh tone in both the boilerplate and title, I for one will miss watching Jordan Howard line up in the backfield for the Chicago Bears. At this present point in time I do not agree with the Bears’ decision to part ways with #24 without having a sure-fire alpha in their backfield already. What’s more, is Jordan goes beyond being a good player. He’s a great teammate; a guy you want to fill all 53 spots on your active roster with.

Meet The Prospect: RB Miles Sanders -
Today’s Meet The Prospect segment has a bit of a local flavor to it with Penn State running back Miles Sanders, a player who has gained a lot of positive buzz since his Combine workout. Will the long-time backup to Saquon Barkley transition well to the NFL? Fran Duffy goes to the film to find out.


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