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Bears coach Matt Nagy says Jordan Howard still ‘big part’ of offense

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Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy assured the media on Monday that running back Jordan Howard is still a big part of the offense. Howard had 15 carries for 82 yards in the Bears first game of the season against the Green Bay Packers but since that point has struggled to find a role for himself.

In the Bears last game against the Arizona Cardinals, he rushed 11 times for 25 yards which brought his season total to only 203 yards rushing. At one point he looked like one of the next good running backs in the league but he has now taken a back seat in the Bears offense.

With Nagy’s offense, Tarik Cohen seems to be the running back that fits the style better, but Nagy has made it clear that Howard is still going to get his touches.

“Jordan Howard is a big part of this offense, and I think that for us to continue to keep trying to grow, everybody in this offense has a role,” Nagy said Monday, via ESPN.com. “This is not going to be an offense where it’s just one person and it goes through one person. I don’t necessarily believe in that. It’s great when you have everybody fulfilling different roles, and it’s hard for the defense when you do that.”

Even with Mitchell Trubisky throwing the ball better this season, this is an offense that still leans on the running game and in Kansas City Nagy liked to use a lot of different running backs and it appears that will continue with the Bears.