subject: Bears’ Howard looking for more after big rookie seasonPosted: 1:26am, Aug 2, 2017
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This time last year, Jordan Howard was trying to make an impression with the Chicago Bears after being drafted in the fifth round.

To that end, he sure succeeded.

He broke the team’s rookie record by rushing for 1,Authentic Shon Coleman Jersey,313 yards and comes into his second season as a key figure on a rebuilt offense.

631 yards,Authentic Cameron Erving Jersey,Only Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott rushed for more yards last year. While Elliott won the NFL’s rushing title with 1,Authentic Xavier Cooper Jersey, Howard averaged more per carry (5.2 to 5.1).

he was more focused on the yards he didn’t get than the ones he collected. To Howard,Authentic Maliek Collins Jersey, there were too many missed opportunities,As good as that sounds, bigger plays that got away.

“I definitely should’ve had more yards,” he said. “I should’ve been in better shape. I should’ve been playing earlier if I would’ve handled what I had to do. I definitely could’ve had a lot more yards.”

He insisted he can do better. How much better?

That’s one of the questions hanging over the Bears as they try to pick themselves up from a 3-13 season that left them last in the NFC North.

tough back,” center Cody Whitehair said. “He hits the holes very well. You know,“He’s a big, it’s good to see him back out there again this year. He’s made some improvement.”

with Jay Cutler gone,The Bears gutted the quarterback position,Authentic Danny Shelton Jersey,Authentic Nate Orchard Jersey, Mike Glennon starting and No. 2 overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky gearing up for a run at the job down the line.

On an offense that also has some questions at receiver — Kevin White’s ability to stay healthy and become a No. 1 target topping the list — Howard is a major catalyst.

” general manager Ryan Pace said. “You get into these OTAs and they’re in shorts,Authentic Duke Johnson Jersey,womens Duke Johnson Jersey, it’s hard to appreciate somebody like Jordan. You put on the full pads and the instincts and the pad level and the body lean he runs with,Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey,Authentic Charles Tapper Jersey,“We’re always mindful of this as evaluators, if I’m an offensive lineman, I like blocking for a guy like that. He’s going to maximize every carry and we expect that to continue to get better.”

Howard didn’t start until the fourth game. While he had 10 carries of 20 or more yards,Last season, the longest of his six touchdown runs was for nine yards.

Howard emphasized speed in offseason workouts near the team’s suburban Chicago training facility and in Florida. He showed up to training camp weighing about 230 pounds as usual. But he said his body fat is down to about 13 percent from 15 percent.

“I had a lot of time to work on a lot of things that I wanted to work on and improve on,” he said.

He came into training camp more familiar with his surroundings and with the NFL game. He set a high standard last season. Now comes the encore.
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