Alshon Jeffery is excited to have Jordan Howard with Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired running back Jordan Howard in a trade with the Chicago Bears on Thursday, and Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is excited about the addition, taking to Twitter to welcome his former Bears teammate.
— Alshon Jeffery (@TheWorldof_AJ) March 29, 2019
Jeffery and Howard were teammates on the 2016 Chicago team before Jeffery signed with the Eagles that ensuing offseason.
Howard is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and rushed for 935 yards and nine touchdowns. However, he averaged just 3.7 yards per carry, and he wasn’t much of a threat in the passing attack, catching 20 passes for 145 yards.
The 24-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Indiana, was originally selected by the Bears in the fifth round (150th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 15 contests during his rookie season, racking up 1,313 yards and six scores while registering 5.2 yards per attempt. In addition, he hauled in 29 receptions for 298 yards and a touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
Then, the following season, Howard participated in all 16 games, totaling 1,122 yards while reaching the end zone nine times on the ground, tallying 4.1 yards per carry.
He has been on a steady decline ever since his rookie campaign, so, as a result, the Bears decided to move him, turning the reins over to Tarik Cohen and whomever else they may add to the backfield.
The Eagles can certainly use some help in their rushing attack, however, as they ranked just 26th in the league in rushing offense this past season.