Posted: 9/17/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard will eventually see more targets, according to head coach Bruce Arians, who suggested Tuesday, Sept. 17, that the defense dictates who gets the ball more often than the offense.
Huddle Up: A few days ago, Arians suggested Howard could be playing "a heck of a lot better," so one has to wonder if he is covering for offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich here or made a realization that Howard needs more opportunities after watching some more tape. Either way, the New York Giants in Week 3 present an opportunity for the Bucs to get their talented tight end some looks after giving up two touchdowns to the position in Week 1.
Posted: 9/12/2019 9:09 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard was held without a target Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Not cool. Howard is teetering on the edge of playable in Week 3 against the New York Giants. It's best to maintain faith and give him another shot before totally freaking out -- even though we all want to right about now!
Posted: 9/11/2019 12:09 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.
Huddle Up: Howard was targeted five times in Week 1 and should receive a similar workload this week. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 9/09/2019 3:09 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) fully participated in practice Monday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Howard finished with 32 yards in Week 1 but was targeted five times during the game. He should continue to have a solid role in the passing game and can be a No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues this week.
Posted: 9/08/2019 11:09 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard finished with 32 yards on four receptions during the team's Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He also lost a fumble and had a pass deflect off of his hands for an interception.
Huddle Up: Howard will be looking to turn the page on his poor showing, facing a Carolina team he scored twice against last November (he missed the other Panthers game due to injury). Don't overreact to one tough day, and keep Howard in the lineup as a top-five fantasy TE.
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.