Buddy Howell
Buddy Howell
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Houston Texans
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. That trio is entrenched behind Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman, but Foreman enters training camp with health questions. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Dolphins in May of 2018. Waived by the Dolphins in September of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Texans in September of 2018.
Headed for special-teams role
RBHouston Texans
June 17, 2019
Howell is expected to play a significant role on special teams in 2019, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports. "I just know they want me here for special teams, to make an impact on special teams. So, that's my thing. If it get a carry, that's a bonus for me," the running back said.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old Howell is entering his second season in the league after going undrafted out of Florida Atlantic in 2018. He carved out a special-teams role ahead of his rookie season and ultimately logged the fifth-most snaps (265) in that area for Houston last year. However, he only saw three snaps on offense without logging a single carry. The improved health of D'Onta Foreman does not bode well for Howell to be more involved offensively in 2019, though the latter's proficiency on special teams at least gives him a leg up for a roster spot.
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Inactive Saturday
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
January 5, 2019
The Texans have listed Howell (hamstring) as inactive for Saturday's wild-card clash with the Colts.
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Listed as questionable
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
January 3, 2019
Howell (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's wild-card game against the Colts.
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Limited Tuesday
RBHouston Texans
Hamstring
January 1, 2019
Howell (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday.
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Viewed as early down runner
RBHouston Texans
September 5, 2018
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that he views Howell as a runner who can contribute on first and second downs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Good size, first- and second-down back," O'Brien said of Howell, whom the team claimed off waivers over the weekend. "Liked what we saw on film on offense and on special teams, so we took a shot and we'll see how it goes."
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Claimed by Houston
RBHouston Texans
September 2, 2018
The Texans claimed Howell off waivers from the Dolphins.
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