2. Jeremy Langford started the season as RB1, but Jordan Howard has come in and looked outstanding in his stead. What makes him good and why wasn’t he getting carries until now?
"Jordan Howard seems to be a better fit for the Bears offense. He’s more of a one cut, get up the field runners while Jeremy Langford seems to be more of a cutback runner. Howard isn’t the fastest runner, but he’s got great vision to identify the hole and get upfield. He’s also gained a lot of yardage after contact. At 220 pounds, he’s tough to bring down. With any rookie, there always seems to be reluctance to start right away. John Fox will usually defer to his veterans, even if Langford is only entering his second season. As is usually the case, rookie running backs need to learn the protection schemes to prevent their quarterbacks from getting killed."
As a fantasy owner, I feel betrayed by the Bears for fooling everyone into thinking Jeremy Langford was a viable three down back. Before getting sidelined, Langford was producing modest numbers at best. Enter Jordan Howard and all of a sudden the Bears have a dynamic component on offense. The rookie runner worries me much more than Langford does. The Jaguars have been decent against the run this year, but they need to gameplan against Howard since he will be used heavily after putting up a great performance last week.
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