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Bears RB Howard worked on straight-line speed in offseason

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 24: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball while chased by Greg Toler #20 of the Washington Redskins during the game at Soldier Field on December 24, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Washington defeated Chicago 41-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard trained this offseason to improve his straight-line speed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Last season, 485 of Howard’s 1,313 rushing yards came on runs that went for 15 or more yards, giving him a breakaway percentage of 36.9, ninth-best in the NFL.
  • 19 of Howard’s 252 carries went for 15 or more yards, giving him the third-highest total breakaway attempts and yards in the league.

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