Howard pairs well with Chris Thompson
One of the best offensive players for the Redskins last season was Chris Thompson. In his fifth season, Thompson emerged as an amazing pass catching back and earned that role for the foreseeable future.
Thompson totaled a career-high 510 receiving yards on 39 catches, and he would have been even better if he didn’t suffer a broken leg against the Saints midway through the year. He was an explosive playmaker and though his 5-foot-8 frame will prevent him from being an every down back, he will continue to be one of the best third down backs in the league.
Still, it’s pretty much proven that the Redskins won’t be able to get by with either Rob Kelley or Samaje Perine as the lead back. Both are solid rotational guys, but neither can be a really good starter. Perine has potential as a high-end backup, but the team needs a really strong between the tackles guy to pair with Thompson.
That’s exactly what Howard is. He can grind out yardage on seemingly any run, but at the same time, he can break off huge runs as well. Effectively, he is an upgraded version of Kelley with more explosive speed. Howard could give the Redskins what they were hoping when they went into 2017 with Kelley as the starter, and he wouldn’t take much work away from Thompson. That would be great, especially if it only costs the team a fourth round pick.