The sophomore slump missed its’ appointment for Jordan Howard. The workhorse provided another solid year for the Chicago Bears finishing sixth in the league in rushing yards with 1,122 yards on the ground and adding 125 yards receiving. Howard tallied nine touchdowns finishing tied for third with Leornard Fournette and Le’Veon Bell.

Howard reached numbers never achieved by previous Bears, including Matt Forte, Gale Sayers, and Walter Payton. He set the record for the fastst Bear to tally the most rushing yards in their first two seasons with 2,435 yards, along with the fastest to reach ten games of 100-yards rushing with 23 games. Howard also set the Bears record for most rushing yards in a season by a rookie with 1,313.

Its no doubt Howard could be a superstar in the NFL, and the Bears’ offense was set up to fit his running-style under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. New man Mark Helfrich along with Matt Nagy will look to run a West Coast influenced offense concentrating on small passes to set up big-yard throws and ultimately free the field up for Jordan Howard to run crazy.

Under Nagy in Kansas city, rookie Kareem Hunt saw similar numbers to those of Howard in his rookie season. Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards along with 455 receiving yards. Howards receiving skills are questionable as he saw several dropped passes including a potential game-winning touchdown catch against the Falcons in September.

As head coach of the Oregon Ducks, Helfrich was known for his spread offense, something that Tom Brady has been able to succeed in the NFL. It will be interesting how Helfrich and Nagy team up to utilize Howard’s power in the backfield.

Its no doubt Howard will see a change in his role with the Bears. Howard’s sub-par catching skills will be a game changer and might make him see fewer snaps. Tarik Cohen will be the shoe filler and looks to have a great second year in an offense that will greatly feature his skill set.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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