Xavien Howard

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Xavien Howard
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Howard in 2019
No. 25 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1993-07-04) July 4, 1993 (age 26)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school:Wheatley (Houston, Texas)
College:Baylor
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:123
Sacks:1.0
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:31
Interceptions:11
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Xavien Howard (born July 4, 1993) is an American football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor and was drafted in the second round (38th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dolphins.

Early years[edit]

Howard is a native of the Fifth Ward area of Houston. Howard attended Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas.[1] He played cornerback and quarterback on the football team.[2] He committed to Baylor University to play college football.

College career[edit]

Howard played at Baylor from 2012 to 2015.[3] During his career, he had 98 tackles, 10 interceptions 1.5 sacks, and one touchdown. After his junior year, he declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.[4][5]

College statistics[edit]

Defense
Year Team GP Tackles For Loss Passes Def Int FF
2013 Baylor 3 5 0.0 0 1 1
2014 Baylor 13 51 4.5 13 4 0
2015 Baylor 12 42 1.0 10 5 0
College Totals 28 98 5.5 23 10 1

Professional career[edit]

Howard was one of 59 collegiate defensive backs to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana.[6] He completed all of the combine drills and finished tied for 12th among defensive backs in the short shuttle.[7] He attended Baylor's pro day, along with Shawn Oakman, Andrew Billings, Corey Coleman, Spencer Drango, Jimmy Landes, Grant Campbell, LaQuan McGowan, and nine other teammates.[8] Howard opted to redo the majority of workouts and improved on all his combine numbers with scouts and representatives from all 32 NFL teams looking on, including head coaches Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and Bill O'Brien (Texans).[9] He lowered his time in the 40-yard dash (4.44s), increased his vertical jump (38"), and also ran a quicker three-cone drill (6.91s) among others. Howard attended private workouts and visits with multiple NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans.[10][11] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Howard was projected to be a second or third round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the eighth best cornerback prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com, was ranked the ninth best cornerback by NFL analysts Mike Mayock and Gil Brandt, and was ranked the 15th best defensive back in the draft by Sports Illustrated.[12][13][14][15]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 18 in
(1.83 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.58 s 1.61 s 2.67 s 4.15 s 7.18 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16]

The Miami Dolphins selected Howard in the second round (38th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[17] In order to draft Howard, the Miami Dolphins traded their second-round pick (42nd overall) and fourth-round pick (107th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens' in exchange for their second-round pick (38th overall). The Ravens went on to draft Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa with their second-round pick and Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Moore with their fourth-round pick.[18] Howard was the sixth cornerback selected in 2016.

2016[edit]

On May 18, 2016, the Miami Dolphins signed Howard to a four-year, $6.12 million contract with $3.83 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.65 million.[19][20]

During organized team activities and minicamp, Howard competed for job as the No. 2 starting cornerback against Tony Lippett.[21] On the final day of minicamp, Howard suffered a knee injury and was placed on the physically unable to perform list after it was discovered he would require surgery. Howard underwent arthroscopy surgery and was unable to physically participate in training camp.[22] Although he missed the first three preseason games, head coach Adam Gase elected to name Howard the second starting cornerback, alongside veteran Byron Maxwell, to begin the regular season.[23]

He started the Miami Dolphins' season-opener at the Seattle Seahawks and recorded a season-high 11 combined tackles during their 12–10 loss. On October 6, 2016, Howard suffered another knee injury during practice. The meniscus injury required surgery and he missed the next nine games (Weeks 5–14).[24] On December 17, 2016, Howard appeared in his first game since his knee injury and collected three solo tackles and had a season-high three pass deflections during a 34–13 victory at the New York Jets.[25] He finished his rookie season in 2016 with 40 combined tackles (29 solo) and six pass breakups in eight games and eight starts.[26] The Miami Dolphins finished their first season under head coach Adam Gase second in the AFC East with a 10–6 record. On January 8, 2017, Howard started his first career playoff game and recorded five combined tackles, broke up two passes, and made his first career interception off of a pass attempt by Ben Roethlisberger as the Dolphins were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Wildcard game.[25]

2017[edit]

Howard entered training camp in 2017, slated as the Miami Dolphins' No. 1 cornerback.[27] He was named the starting cornerback to start the regular season, along with Byron Maxwell. Bobby McCain and Alterraun Verner were named the backup cornerbacks.[28]

Howard started the Miami Dolphins' season-opener at the Los Angeles Chargers and recorded a season-high seven combined tackles during their 19–17 victory. In Week 13, Howard recorded a solo tackle, a season-high five pass breakups, two interceptions, and returned one for a touchdown during the Dolphins' 35–9 win against the Denver Broncos. During the second quarter, Howard intercepted a pass by Trevor Siemian and returned it for a 30-yard touchdown to mark the first score of his career.[29] The following week, he deflected three passes and intercepted New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady twice during their 27–20 win on Monday Night Football. He earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Patriots.[30] On December 17, 2017, Howard collected four solo tackles and made his first career sack on Tyrod Taylor, as the Dolphins were defeated by the Buffalo Bills 24–16.[31] Howard finished 2017 with 48 combined tackles (42 solo), 13 pass deflections, four interceptions, and a sack in 16 games and 16 starts.[26]

2018[edit]

During the New York Jets home opener in Week 2, Xavien Howard got his first interception of the season. One week later, Howard recorded his third career game with two interceptions on Derek Carr in the 28–20 victory over the Oakland Raiders.[32] Howard also intercepted Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck twice in a span of 14 seconds during the Dolphins' loss at Indianapolis. In Week 13 of the 2018 season, Howard injured his knee after intercepting Bills' quarterback Josh Allen for the second time that afternoon. He went on to miss the final four games of the regular season. Howard ended the 2018 season leading the league interceptions with Chicago Bears corner Kyle Fuller and Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee with seven. Howard was named to his first Pro Bowl and first second-team All-Pro.

2019[edit]

On May 9, 2019, Howard signed a five-year, $76.5 million contract extension with the Dolphins with $46 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid cornerback in the league.[33]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ The X-factor: Big 12 offenses keeping Baylor CB Xavien Howard busy
  3. ^ "Xavien Howard College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Baylor CB Xavien Howard declares for 2016 NFL Draft
  5. ^ Baylor CB Xavien Howard declares for NFL draft
  6. ^ Christopher Gates (March 2, 2016). "2016 NFL Scouting Combine Workout Results: Defensive Backs". dailynorseman.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "NFL.com: 2016 NFL Combine: Short shuttle rankings (CB/S)". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  8. ^ Gil Brandt (March 16, 2016). "400 lb. Tight end among those to impress at Baylor's Pro Day". NFL.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Jake Hill (March 16, 2016). "Baylor Football holds 2016 Pro Day". Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Sander Philipse (April 5, 2016). "NFL Draft 2016: Buccaneers' prospect workouts, private visits, pro days and more". bucsnation.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Terry Lambert (March 19, 2016). "Breaking down potential Titans' target Xavien Howard". musiccitymiracles.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "*Xavien Howard, DS #8 CB, Baylor". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  13. ^ Chris Burke (April 12, 2016). "2016 NFL Draft Position Rankings". si.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  14. ^ Mike Mayock (April 25, 2016). "Mike Mayock's 2016 NFL Draft top 100 prospect rankings". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Gil Brandt (April 18, 2016). "Hot 100 + 40: Laremy Tunsil is top prospect in 2016 NFL Draft". NFL.Com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  16. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Xavien Howard". nfl.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Poupart, Alain (December 13, 2017). "Dolphins Select Howard In Second Round". MiamiDolphins.com.
  18. ^ Adam Beasley (April 26, 2017). "Miami Dolphins trade up for Baylor corner Xavien Howard". miamiherald.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  19. ^ "Overthecap.com: Xavien Howard contract". over the cap.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Spotrac.com: Xavien Howard contract". spotrac.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Andrew Abramson (June 6, 2017). "Porous Miami Dolphins secondary counting on rookie Xavien Howard". mypalmbeachpost.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "Injury to land Xavien Howard on PUP". miamiherald.typepad.com. July 16, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Kevin Nogle (September 6, 2017). "Dolphins depth chart 2016: Arian Foster named starting running back, Laremy Tunsil left guard". thephinsider.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  24. ^ Kevin Nogle (October 8, 2016). "Xavien Howard undergoes knee surgery". thephinsider.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Xavien Howard". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  26. ^ a b "NFL Player stats: Xavien Howard (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  27. ^ Antwan Staley (August 27, 2017). "Dolphins CB Alterraun Verner has a shot at winning starting job". dolphinswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  28. ^ Jason Lieser (September 12, 2017). "Dolphins' Week 1 depth chart gives some hints on starting jobs". dailydolphin.blog.palmbeachpost.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 13-2017: Denver Broncos @ Miami Dolphins". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  30. ^ Maya, Adam (December 13, 2017). "Ben Roethlisberger among NFL Players of the Week". NFL.com.
  31. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 15-2017: Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills". NFL.com. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  32. ^ "Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Snags two interceptions Sunday". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  33. ^ "Xavien Howard to sign 5-year, $76.5M extension". NFL.com. May 9, 2019.

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