Jordan Howard Fantasy Outlook Improves as Snap Count Continues Rising

Zach Brunner
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The backfield situation in Philadelphia has been a revolving door ever since Doug Pederson was named the head coach, as he's used a number of different running backs in his four-year tenure with the Eagles.

However, Jordan Howard has started to come on recently, and Pederson stated he intends to give the former Chicago Bear more carries going forward.

Howard's recent usage tells a similar story.

In Week 1, he played 17 snaps, totaling six carries. During the second week, he totaled 18 snaps and eight carries. He saw 24 snaps and 11 carries in Week 3, but in Week 4 Howard posted season highs in snaps (33) and carries (15). Howard took advantage of the opportunity, tallying 87 rushing yards and two TDs.

He followed up that performance in Week 5, playing 29 snaps and carrying the ball 14 times.

Howard's snap share has been above 40 percent in each of the last two weeks, which is encouraging considering he hadn't played more than 32 percent of the snaps in Philadelphia's first three games.

While Howard has been stuck in a timeshare with rookie RB Miles Sanders, his recent usage suggests he's starting to take control of this backfield, and Pederson's comments certainly back that up.

Howard is best viewed as an RB3 going forward, but if this trend continues, he has a chance to become an every-week RB2.

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