A Look at the Numbers:
The 24-year-old masters inside-zone runs. Since 2016, Howard has graded out with a 75.0 on inside-zone runs which is the eighth-best of all active running backs with the minimum snap requirement, according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles in the same timeframe have hosted the 13th most rushing yards gained before contact on inside-zone runs. Howard tallied up 1,324 rushing yards and 822 yards after contact on 317 inside-zone runs.
Philadelphia possesses one of the top offensive line groups in the NFL, but arguably the best run-blocking group of the entirety of the league. Jason Kelce (No.1 run-blocking center), Brandon Brooks (17th run-blocking guard), Lane Johnson (No. 7 run-blocking tackle), and Isaac Seumalo (22nd run-blocking guard) were ranked in the top 25 of the league’s best run-blocking offensive lineman, according to Pro Football Focus. Howard’s 2,133 yards after contact since 2016 becoming a pleasant addition to an elite run-blocking unit.
Another huge asset of Howard’s game is his ability to get into the end zone. Howard has accumulated 24 rushing touchdowns the last three seasons. The Eagles have only scored 37 rushing touchdowns combined in the same time, furthermore proving the dire need of Howard’s ability to score.