Posted: 6/09/2019 2:06 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been targeted by QB Jameis Winston 'on seemingly every possession' during spring practices, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com.
Huddle Up: Howard possesses big-play athleticism, and he had become on a weekly TE1 option before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Look for him to pick up where left off and become a top-five fantasy option at his position this year.
Posted: 5/05/2019 4:05 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) has a big fan in new offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. 'Man, I've never seen guys like that,' Leftwich said Thursday, May 2, at one of the team's offseason workouts. 'It's hard to be around guys that can do what O.J. can do. He's very - there's not a lot of those human beings walking around on earth. Trust me, because everybody is looking for him. Everybody is looking for the next O.J. Howard. He's a young guy in this process, but what he can do being that big, being able to run it's a matchup nightmare for defenses.'
Huddle Up: Howard posted some impressive numbers (34 receptions-565 yards-five TDs) in 2018 before an ankle injury cut short his sophomore season after 10 games. As long as there are no lingering health issues -- and there haven't been any reported this offseason -- Howard should be drafted as a high-end TE1.
Posted: 4/12/2019 7:04 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is primed to make the Pro Bowl this season, based on recent comments made by teammate Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin.
'The sky's the limit really, not even the sky - probably the moon, Why limit him there? This guy, he's incredible. ... I know he's going to have a great season and Lord willing, he's going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured,' Winston said.
'O.J., he's a freak, man, he's a freak athlete ... He's massive, he's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster than some of the receivers. ... He's such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he's going to keep growing. ... I can see him being one of the best in the league,' Godwin said.
Huddle Up: Howard is already entering his third season as a pro, but he hasn't come close to maximizing his potential for any number of reasons, including the high ankle sprain that cost him the final six games of last season and questionable usage as a rookie. Head coach Bruce Arians has echoed similar thoughts about Howard, so it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he becomes an elite fantasy option in 2019 if he can stay healthy.
Posted: 3/22/2019 1:03 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) spent time running routes and catching passes from Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Thursday, March 21.
Huddle Up: Howard was having a TE1 campaign in 2018 before an injury ended his season early, but he should be back at full strength well before the start of next season. He is a big-play weapon from the tight end spot and could finish as a top-five fantasy option at his position.
Posted: 1/20/2019 2:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was limited to 10 games in 2018, but his 11 receptions of 20-plus yards were the fifth most among tight ends.
Huddle Up: Howard was well on his way to a TE1 campaign before an injury cut his season short. His athleticism allows him to make big plays after the catch and down the field, and he should pick up where he left off when when 2019 rolls around.
Posted: 11/20/2018 8:11 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (foot, ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Lucky for the Bucs, they have another starter caliber tight end in Cameron Brate to take over for Howard. If you're weak at the position, Brate is the top tight end to claim off waivers.
Posted: 11/19/2018 7:11 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) reportedly received some 'good news' on his ankle injury Monday, Nov. 19, but will seek a second opinion.
Huddle Up: Howard was injured on the final drive of the game in Week 11 against the New York Giants. Any missed games from Howard would mean a bigger role for Cameron Brate and put him in the streamer conversation. However, his absence would be another gut-punch to a fantasy position that has been ransacked by injuries this season.
Posted: 11/19/2018 12:11 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter of a 38-35 loss to the New York Giants in Week 11. He had five catches on six targets for 78 yards before exiting.
Huddle Up: If Howard's injury turns out to be serious, it would be another big blow to one of fantasy football's thinnest positions. If need be, Cameron Brate is worth adding as a replacement, but he's more of a touchdown-dependent option.
Posted: 11/18/2018 7:11 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during the Week 11 game and is considered doubtful to return.
Huddle Up: Owners should know more about the severity of Howard's injury in the near future. Cameron Brate would receive a bigger role in the passing game if Howard misses time and could be a starting option against certain opponents.
Posted: 11/12/2018 1:11 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught one pass on two targets for 15 yards in a 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 10.
Huddle Up: It was an unexpected disappearing act from Howard who has surged up the TE1 ranks in his second season. Don't worry too much about one poor outing.