Buddy Howell
Buddy Howell
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Howell enters his third season with the Texans. He's played a total of 39 snaps on offense while appearing in 31 of 32 games since Houston claimed him prior to the 2018 season. He does most of his work on special teams and is destined for a similar role in 2020. He moved up the depth chart for a brief moment during preseason in 2019, after Lamar Miller went down with a season-ending knee injury, but the Texans added Carlos Hyde to the backfield that also included Duke Johnson. In 2020, it's David Johnson and Duke Johnson atop the depth chart, so Howell will be a special-teams regular. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Texans in February of 2021.
Re-ups in Houston
RBHouston Texans
February 23, 2021
Howell signed a one-year contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
The Texans had an option to tender the 24-year-old running back, but they decided to sign him and include guaranteed money instead. Howell mostly contributes on special teams in 2020 as he played just 47 offensive snaps, recording 64 yards on 16 carries and three yards on his lone reception. It's unclear whether David Johnson or Duke Johnson will be back in Houston for the 2021 season, but Howell won't be more than a change-of-pace back regardless.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Buddy Howell's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
6.3%
 
Positive Run %
100.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
54.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.2
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
1.2
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.34
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
0.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.0
 
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#% of Team Snaps

55156%
35436%
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Howell spent the entire 2018 season on Houston's active roster, but played just three snaps on offense. He's one of several backs in camp that have a lot of special-teams experience. There's room for at least one more running back, maybe two, so Howell should be featured early on in preseason games along with Taiwan Jones and Josh Ferguson. Lamar Miller's season-ending knee injury suffered in preseason Week 3 means the Texans need to adjust. Howell and Houston's other lesser-known backs move up the depth chart behind Duke Johnson.
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Heads to free agency
RBHouston Texans
January 5, 2021
Howell will become a restricted free agent during the upcoming offseason.
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Elevates to No. 2
RBHouston Texans
December 20, 2020
Howell carried five times for 22 yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Colts.
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Surprising workload in loss
RBHouston Texans
December 13, 2020
Howell rushed 11 times for 42 yards and secured one of two targets for three yards in the Texans' 36-7 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
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Little run on offense
RBHouston Texans
November 18, 2020
Howell played one offensive snap Sunday in the Texans' 10-7 loss to the Browns.
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Plays first offensive snaps
RBHouston Texans
November 9, 2020
Howell did not register a touch in five offensive snaps in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.
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