Howard spent parts of his offseason working on his acceleration.
"It's training," Bears coach John Fox said. "When you get to that (quality), it's more about track speed than football speed."
Howard took over the lead back duties in Week 3. From that point on, he was the #7 fantasy back in the league, averaging 16.1 fantasy points per game. In terms of likely workload, he’s one of the safest plays on the board since he averaged 20.5 touches per game in the second half of the season. He averaged 116 total yards and 0.5 TD in that span. The Benny Cunningham signing indicates that the Bears aren’t necessarily ready to give Howard a big role in the passing game, but it's good to hear he's working on his burst.