The Colts knew they had something special in Howard. In the Hall of Fame game against the Washington Redskins, Howard recorded 1.5 sacks in a losing effort. Howard also blocked a pass at the line of scrimage in the Hall of Fame game.
In all, Howard recorded 2.5 sacks in the preseason. Heading into the regular season, Howard saw reps as the third-string defensive end, behind Raheem Brock, Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney, and Josh Thomas. Howard had trouble seeing the field in the begining of the season.
His first NFL regular season game action came in a blowout loss against the Packers, where he was unable to record a tackle. Howard's second game action came two weeks later against the Patriots, where he recorded his first NFL tackle.
After recording zero tackles in Pittsburgh, Howard recorded his second NFL tackle against the Texans. After another week of not recording a tackle, he managed two solo tackles against the Browns.
He recorded three more tackles before heading into week seventeen against the Titans, where he recorded an amazing seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. Howard ended the season with a tackle against San Diego.
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