The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Signed by Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, April 26, 2010…Waived by Eagles, Sept. 3, 2011…Signed by Baltimore Ravens to practice squad, Sept. 6, 2011…Signed by New York Jets to active roster, Nov. 23, 2011…Re-signed by Jets as a restricted free agent, April 15, 2013…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 12, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Veteran offensive lineman enters his first season with the Raiders after signing with the team in the offseason…Has played 36 games with 33 starts over his four-year career, and has started all 32 games over the past two seasons for the New York Jets…Signed with the Jets from the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad in 2011…Originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.
2013 (with NYJ): Started at right tackle in all 16 games for the second straight season and helped block for the sixth-best rushing offense in the league...(9/22) vs. Buf.: Blocked for two 100-yard receivers, a 100-yard rusher and 300-yard passer while not allowing a sack…(10/20) vs. NE: Helped team churn out 177 yards on 52 carries, including 34 rushes for 104 yards from RB Chris Ivory…(11/3) vs. NO: Paved the way for a season-high 198 yards rushing on 36 carries (5.5 avg.) by the offense…(12/22) vs. Cle.: Helped offense gain 422 total yards, including a season-high 208 on the ground, and did not allow a sack of QB Geno Smith…(12/29) at Mia.: Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for a second consecutive game…Helped offense register 374 total yards, including 154 on the ground.
2012 (with NYJ): Started all 16 games, only missing one offensive snap...Earned the starting right tackle job after a strong performance in training camp...Helped block for QB Mark Sanchez as he threw for 300 yards in three games...Helped RB Shonn Greene gain more than 1,000 yards for the second consecutive season and score a career-high eight TDs…(9/9) vs Buf.: Made his Jets debut helping the offense tally 48 points, the most in Jets history for a season opener…Held the Bills’ defense without a sack for the first time since 2011…(9/23) at Mia.: Helped QB Mark Sanchez as he went over 300-yards passing for the first time on the season, throwing for 306 yards and one TD…(10/14) vs. Ind.: Helped block for RB Shonn Greene’s seventh-career game of 100-or-more yards, as Greene set a career-high with 161 yards rushing and tied a career-best three TDs as part of a rushing offense that gained 252 total yards on 44 attempts on the ground…(10/21) at NE: Helped protect Sanchez as he went over 300 yards passing for the seventh time in his career with 28 completions on 41 attempts for 328 yards, one TD and a 90.3 rating…(11/22) vs. NE: Blocked for Sanchez as he threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, his third 300-yard game of the season…(12/9) at Jac.: Paved the way for 166-yards rushing and two TD runs. (12/02) vs. Ari.: Helped block for Greene’s eighth-career game of 100-or-more yards with 24 carries for 104 yards.
2011 (with Phi., Bal. and NYJ): Spent the offseason with the Eagles before being waived at the end of training camp…Signed to the Ravens’ practice squad in September…Was signed to the Jets’ active roster in November, but was inactive for the final six weeks of the season.
2010 (with Phi.): Made the team as an undrafted free agent and saw action in four games…(10/24) at Ten.: Made NFL debut…(1/2/11) vs. Dal.: Made first career start at LT.
COLLEGE: Began his collegiate career at Northern Iowa as a blocking tight end, before switching to left tackle as a sophomore in 2008...Named to the 2009 American Football Coaches Association’s FCS All-America team…Also recognized as second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference, helping guide the Panthers offense to a No. 1 ranking in the MVFC in total offense, passing efficiency and sacks allowed...Started 10-of-11 games at left tackle in 2009, anchoring a unit that ranked seventh in the country in sacks allowed, giving up only 10 for the season...In 2008, earned a second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection after starting all 15 games at left tackle, as the team boasted a running game that averaged nearly 200 yards per game, and allowed just 12 sacks...Started all 13 games at tight end in 2007, hauling in five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown on the season...After a redshirt season in 2005, saw action in 10 games in 2006 as a blocking tight end…In 2005-06, played basketball on the UNI basketball team, a squad that was a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament…Majored in criminology.
PERSONAL: Attended Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, earning second-team all-state honors...A team captain, led the Blue Devils with 15 catches for 243 yards and four touchdowns…Earned the 2012 Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award, which recognizes exceptionally consistent willingness, cooperation and professionalism in daily interaction with the various departments in the Jets organization...Is the youngest of five children of Elston and Jamie Howard…His four siblings, Aaron, Amy, Ashley and Marcel, all attended Iowa State…Aaron and Marcel were both members of the football team at ISU…His oldest brother, Marcel, played for the Detroit Lions before a wrist injury shortened his career…Also plays the cello.