The Eagles bolstered their backfield Thursday night with the addition of Pro Bowl running back Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2020 draft pick.
The 6-0, 224-pound Howard has gained 3,370 rushing yards on 778 carries (4.3 yards per carry) in 47 games (44 starts) over his first three NFL seasons. He also has 72 receptions for 568 yards and 25 total touchdowns (24 rushing). He is third in the NFL in rushing since he entered the league.
Nicknamed "The Bulldozer," Howard rushed for 1,313 yards in 2016, good for second in the NFL, to set the franchise rookie record. Howard was the first Bears running back to earn Pro Bowl honors since Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in 1965. Twice that season, Howard was named the Offensive Rookie of the Month.
The 24-year-old Howard was selected in the fifth round (150th overall pick) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Indiana. Vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas was the Bears' director of college scouting when Howard was drafted.
Howard ranks seventh on the Bears' all-time rushing leaderboard. He has 14 career games of 100 or more yards, second most in the NFL since 2016. In 2017, Howard reached 2,000 career rushing yards in just 24 games, faster than Sayers and another Hall of Famer in Walter Payton.