Impressive Rookie Season for Bears’ Running Back

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It wasn’t a memorable 2016 season for the Bears as the NFC North team finished 3-13, but there were some bright spots, especially running back Jordan Howard. The 2016 fifth-round pick out of Indiana broke numerous Bears rushing records, despite not starting until week 4, when the team’s primary backs Ka’Deem Carey and Jeremy Langford were sidelined with injuries.

Howard rushed for 111 yards in his first career start and followed that up with a 118-yard rushing performance the following week. He finished the season with 1,313 rushing yards, which broke the previous rookie record held by Matt Forte. His seven 100-yard games also established a new Bears rookie record. For comparison’s sake, Bears’ Hall of Famers Walter Payton and Gale Sayers only had two and three 100-yard games, respectively, as rookies. Howard was named the league’s offensive rookie of the month in December and January and finished second among the league’s running backs in rushing, behind only Ezekiel Elliot.