2. Jordan Howard
It is kind of funny, as rumors surround the trading and decreasing of playing time for Howard, he still finds himself number two on the list. The fact of the matter is that while he may not be in that top elite tier, with the Le’Veon Bell‘s of the world, he is right there in the next tier.
Bell, David Johnson, and Todd Gurley are elite pass catchers with a strong presence between the tackles. Howard is on par with these names between the tackles but lacks the complete overall package of an elite running back. Still, he has a role and he does it well.
As we have mentioned, sets with multiple tight ends and running backs can give the team ambiguity pre-snap as to what the plans might be. That, along with more shotgun running should only help Howard, even without improving much as a pass catcher.
On top of that, he could still improve as a pass catcher. At that point, the team has an elite option. It will be interesting to see the usage of Jordan Howard in the offense this season. Right now, he is the second best player on the roster. We will see where he ends the season.