2 Reasons for a Philadelphia Eagles and Jordan Howard reunion

Jordan Howard (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)
Jordan Howard (Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports) /

So, how about a Philadelphia Eagles and Jordan Howard reunion?

The Philadelphia Eagles have yet another opportunity to bring back one of their former players. This time, it’s one of the guys that some of you didn’t want to see leave in the first place. National NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported on November 16th via Twitter that the Miami Dolphins have released running back Jordan Howard, and no, there isn’t a Birds fan on the planet that doesn’t remember the brief stint that he was a key contributor with the Eagles during last season.

In ten games with the Eagles during 2019’s campaign, Howard racked up over 500 rushing yards and six touchdowns until a shoulder injury sidelined him from Week 10 to Week 16. Howard also racked up over 1,000 yards rushing during his first two years in the league (2016 and 2017).

The Eagles let Howard go during the 2020 offseason and handed the featured role to Miles Sanders, and rightfully so. Still, with no veteran running back, the Iggles have lacked experience. No, Corey Clement doesn’t count). Philly’s also got some concerns with durability at the position. So the question to ask is this. Should the Eagles sign Jordan Howard? The answer is yes, and here are two reasons why.

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you have to agree with the following theories.

1. Howard would be a good insurance policy if there any more injuries. 

As great as Miles Sanders has been for this team, concern about his overall durability and injury history has grown in the minds of both his coaches and in the minds of Eagles fans. The second-year veteran is as complete as a running back can be. He’s also a difference-maker when he is on the field, but the entire offense suffers if he can’t stay healthy.

As great as Boston Scott has been, the five-foot-six running back still finds himself struggling to run between the tackles at times, and even when successful, Scott does not have a consistent chain moving ability.

2. Howard and Sanders can be the dynamic duo once again. 

Last year, Philly fans saw the Eagles’ big-play potential when both Sanders and Howard were on the field. Howard, a hard downhill runner, can also give the Birds the ability to convert on short-yardage plays instead of quarterback Carson Wentz put himself in harm’s way.

Having Sanders, Howard, and Scott give the Eagles a huge potential and could greatly open up the Eagles playbook that desperately needs some creative juice. Also, having a steady line of backs can help give the offensive line some breathing room and ensure that Wentz is not always under attack.

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There is a zero guarantee that Philly will even look at Howard or if Howard would even be interested in heading back to the Eagles to be the number two running back. Either way, the Eagles should not look past bringing in this veteran back to help bolster some life into this team any way they can.