In addition to signing Eric Wilson, the Philadelphia Eagles officially announced they’re re-re-signing Jordan Howard.
I like the Wilson signing! This one? Not as much.
Here’s what we previously wrote about Howard in February:
STATS: 18 snaps, 7 carries, 27 yards, 3.9 average, 0 TD ... 0 targets ... 0 fumbles
REVIEW: The Eagles added Howard to their practice squad when they were 3-6-1. They wasted touches on him instead of seeing what they had in some of their younger guys. Cool.
OUTLOOK: Howard finished the season on the practice squad and the Eagles didn’t re-sign him so he’s currently a free agent available to sign with any team. No real reason for Philly to bring him when they can move forward with their younger options that might have more upside.
Bringing Howard back isn’t the end of the world. The 26-year-old is probably returning on a veteran minimum contract and isn’t necessarily guaranteed to make the roster. At least, he shouldn’t be. Howard had a nice stint with the Eagles during the first half of the 2019 season but he hasn’t looked nearly as good since getting hurt that year. He has 35 carries for 60 rushing yards (1.7 yards per carry) and one reception for -3 yards in his last eight games played.
Perhaps Howard can round back into form and be a solid No. 2 behind lead back Miles Sanders. Ideally, though, the Eagles will be able to find someone better, younger, and more cost-controlled via the 2021 NFL Draft.
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Side note: Howard is about to be wearing his third different jersey number with the Eagles. He wore No. 24 in 2019 and then had to move to No. 28 in 2020 with Darius Slay taking over his original number. With Anthony Harris now set to wear No. 28, Howard will have to find another new number. Maybe No. 30 with Corey Clement not expected to be back?