Howard was one of the surprise stories of the 2016 season, rushing for 1,313 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie year, earning Pro Bowl honors.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Indiana, some speculated that Howard's rookie season was a product of sheer luck, and he's looking to prove that he's the real deal this fall.
"I feel like some people might feel like I might have been just a one-year wonder," Howard said. "That's motivation to keep coming out here and working and improving my game."
Howard is embracing a leadership role as he enters his second year, while the Bears look to ascend from the NFC North basement after finishing 3-13 in 2016.
"Since I'm a Pro Bowler, people are going to be looking at me and seeing what I'm doing," Howard said to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times. "If I'm practicing hard, other people are going to want to practice hard when they see me do that. I just try to set the tone when I come out here."
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