The Chicago Bears’ young QB has all the confidence in Jordan Howard’s ability to catch passes.
The Chicago Bears fan base has plenty to be excited about coming into this season. With a developing young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky and a new head coach in Matt Nagy, the Bears may have an offense that resembles something out of this decade rather than last year’s offense that seemed like it was stuck in 1956.
“[Howard]’s been doing great with his hands.”- Mitch Trubisky
The one thing that Nagy’s offense utilized last year in Kansas City was the running back in the passing game. Kareem Hunt was an absolutely dynamic player for the Chiefs both running the ball and catching it. Jordan Howard has the potential to put up big numbers on the ground, but will he be able to translate some of those numbers through the air as well?
Howard hasn’t been stellar in terms of catching the football the first couple seasons and that really dropped off last year. Many people wonder if Howard’s inability to be utilized in the passing game will be a detriment to him in this offense, or if Nagy can find a way around it.
Mitch Trubisky spoke exclusively with Bear Goggles On and he has absolutely no concerns about Howard.
"Jordan’s been awesome. He’s been working his tail off and he’s embraced this offense just as much as anybody has on the team. He’s just learning all the ins and outs of the offense, pass protection and pass pro, catching the ball out of the backfield, he’s been doing great with his hands. I really appreciate his work ethic and how he’s just embraced this new offense and everything that comes with it and he continues to be a leader inside our building and on the field. I’m really excited for what Jordan can do with this new offense."
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Howard is a hard worker and no doubt he would embrace the offense and do everything he can to improve in every aspect of his game. But the best thing you hear from Trubisky there is how great he’s doing with his hands.
Howard doesn’t have to be Le’Veon Bell in the passing game, but he has to be competent. If Howard can keep defenses honest with his ability to catch balls, they won’t be able to predict pass or run based on the Bears’ personnel packages, and that could open the door up significantly for Howard to eat up big gains against nickel packages.
There are plenty of things to watch this season with the Bears, with a new coach and so many new pieces on the offense, one of the most interesting things to keep an eye on is Howard and how Nagy utilizes him in the offense.
Howard has been the Bears’ offensive MVP each of the last two seasons, it would be strange to see him phased out of the offense because of the inability to catch the ball. If Trubisky is right and Howard has soft hands and will be utilized in the passing attack, Howard could be inline for his best season as a Bear.