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TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-6, 251Born: 11-19-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 19

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Howard appears to have passed Cameron Brate in the pecking order for targets in Tampa. He scored and had another score called back by penalty. He's in the streamer conversation in Week 12 at Atlanta and going forward.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 39 2 16 0 0 1.6
9 at NO 37 1 6 0 1 -0.4
10 vs NYJ 50 0 0 0 0 0
11 at MIA 46 3 52 1 0 11.2
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs NO (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Howard caught a curl route from Fitzpatrick in the 3rd quarter and promptly fumbled it at first contact. He could not secure his only other target of the day. Howard could see some extra targets with Mike Evans serving a one-game suspension next week.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Howard caught a tight end screen in the 2nd and flashed some serious speed as he turned upfield. A diving effort from Luke Kuechley kept him from picking up a much bigger gain. Howard hauled in one more target, a short curl route in the 4th quarter. It was a quiet day after his huge week 7 performance, and it seems like he'll be a risky fantasy option who relies on big plays for now.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 6 / 98 / 2 rec)

Howard had a huge day, expanding his role in the offense and catching all 6 of his targets for 2 touchdowns. He took off up the seam from an inline stance for a big gain on Winston's first pass attempt of the day. Later in the 2nd quarter Winston found him deep down the middle of the field for another big gain. Howard caught a short out route and took it up the right sideline for a 10 yard gain early in the 3rd. Howard scored easily on a play action pass in the 3rd quarter. Winston faked a handoff in a run formation and Howard leaked across the field from the right end, catching a short pass and walking in untouched. Howard scored again with more misdirection in the 4th quarter. Lined up on the right side of the line with Brate, Howard leaked left across the formation as Winston rolled out on a bootleg right. Howard turned up the sideline and hit the jets, and Winston dropped a deep ball to him in the end zone without a defender anywhere in sight. The Bucs coaching staff does a great job of getting Howard uncovered with misdirection, and his athleticism and speed make him a big play waiting to happen anytime the defense slips up.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Howard flexed out into the slot on the right side of the formation and caught a slant pass for a gain of 15 in the 1st quarter. Lined up inside the Arizona 10 on 3rd and goal, a scrambling Fitzpatrick half-shoved, half-pitched a ball near at Howard in the back corner of the end zone.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Howard negated a 20 yard gain by Cameron Brate and another 8 yard run by Doug Martin in the 2nd quarter with holding penalties. His only target of the game was the final pass, a desperate heave into double coverage by Winston as the game clock expired.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec)

Howard was wide open on a well-conceived and executed play action pass. He lined up on the right side of the formation inline, then ran across the field after the fake handoff and up the left sideline. No one from the New York defense noticed, and Howard turned on the jets after the catch, running untouched 58 yards for the score. Howard caught a crossing route for a short gain in the 3rd quarter, his only other catch of the day.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (1 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Howard got involved in the passing game early, securing an out route for a gain of 12 on Tampa Bay's first drive of the game, but that was all he did. Brate collected the rest of the TE targets and a touchdown as Howard stuck to a blocking role for the rest of the game.

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Howard caught 1 of 3 targets on the day for a gain of 17 on a crossing route in the 3rd quarter. Howard saw plenty of snaps in multiple-TE sets, but Brate is still the #1 TE.


Latest News

Buccaneers | O.J. Howard gets into end zone (Sun Nov 19, 08:33 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard posted three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. He was targeted four times.

Our View: Howard had another touchdown called back by penalty. He appears to be more prominent than Cameron Brate and more worthy of a roster spot at this point.
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