Howard rushed 14 times for 69 yards while failing to haul in his lone target and losing a costly fumble in Sunday's 31-28 overtime loss to Miami.
Howard lost a fumble on Miami's 1-yard line in the second quarter as part of a mistake-prone afternoon that also featured a Mitchell Trubisky interception in the end zone, a Tarik Cohen fumble in the last two minutes of regulation and a missed field goal in overtime. Chicago's passing game has kicked things into a higher gear over the team's last two games, but Howard's still sitting on just one rushing score heading into a Week 7 matchup with the Patriots.
Howard rushed 24 times for 61 yards and a touchdown while adding two receptions for an additional 20 yards in Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.
After Chicago fell behind by 14 points in the first quarter, it looked as if Howard would see very little work based on potential game script. Once the defense put the clamps down on Arizona, the Bears were able to run the ball frequently during the last 25 minutes of the contest, giving him an opportunity to add to his numbers. However, with the Cardinals expecting the run, he found very little room to operate, but a short touchdown run salvaged his fantasy day. He'll continue to be a strong weekly fantasy option, based on his average of over 20 touches per week.
Howard rushed 14 times for 35 yards and caught three of four targets for 33 yards in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Seahawks.
Howard was bottled up on the ground, with his longest rush going for merely seven yards. Although he trailed only Allen Robinson in receiving yards, it still wasn't a particularly productive performance for the usually impactful Howard, who also saw his team score twice through the air from inside the 10-yard line. Fortunately for him, Week 3 offers an excellent rebound opportunity against a Cardinals team that has been dominated through the first couple games.
Howard won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic Chicago reports.
Howard will exit the exhibition slate with one appearance under his belt in which he churned out 32 yards on nine carries. Recently, coach Matt Nagy said some encouraging words about Howard, stating he'll remain on the field on third down. As such, Howard doesn't seem to be threatened by pass-catching back Tarik Cohen for a workhorse role for the third year in a row.
Head coach Matt Nagy said that he'll keep Howard on the field on third down, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Nagy stressed the importance of running the football, but also said that the coaching staff will do different things with Howard to keep him on the field for all three downs. Despite his issues with dropping passes during the first two years of his career, it's apparent that the coaching staff sees him as a vital component of the offense, and with the potential for him seeing heavy usage, it's looking like he'll be well worth a top-16 pick, which is where his current ADP stands.
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