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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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2017 Week 15 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)

Howard caught a shallow crossing route in the 1st quarter after his defender stumbled and fell, then outran everyone else up the left sideline for a 30 yard score. Unfortunately, Howard sustained a foot injury while being tackled in the end zone on the play and did not return to the game afterward. Rookie TE Auclair and fullback/TE Cross were pressed into more active receiving roles with Howard and Brate banged up.

2017 Week 14 vs DET (6 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)

Howard was featured in the offense early and often, out-targeting co-starter Brate 6-1. Howard ran Brate's go-to route up the right seam for his first reception of the day in the 1st quarter. Howard caught the ball on the same route later in the 1st quarter, but lost the fumbled while being tackled. The play was held under lengthy review before it was determined to be a catch and a fumble that was recovered by Detroit. Howard caught a well-executed tight end screen at the beginning of the 3rd quarter for a nice gain. Winston looked for Howard up the seam two plays later, but the tight end bobbled the pass and nearly caused an interception. Howard scored early in the 4th quarter on a play action pass from a goal line formation. He lined up with his hand in the dirt and took off on an out route as Winston faked the handoff before hitting him in the end zone from the 2 yard line.

2017 Week 13 vs GB (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Howard was uncovered for his only reception, a quick seam route right up the field from the inline position that picked up 17 yards. He was targeted once in the 2nd half on a crossing route that was thrown in the dirt by Winston.

2017 Week 12 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

Howard wasn't targeted until the 3rd quarter when he lined up in-line and took off on a deep post route, catching the ball inside the Atlanta 5 yard line and setting up Peyton Barber's first touchdown run. Howard lined up with his hand in the dirt on the next drive and took off up the seam for a 29 yard gain, Tampa's longest play of the day.

2017 Week 11 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)

Fitzpatrick found Howard up the right seam for a big gain in the 1st quarter. The two hooked up again on a play action pass on the very next snap. Howard split off the line a few yards and took off up the sideline while Fitzpatrick faked the handoff. Howard had a big cushion as he hauled in the wide-open pass. Howard scored early in the 2nd quarter, lining up on the left side of the formation and running a shallow crossing route in the end one as Fitzpatrick rolled out right after a play action. Howard scored again on the very next drive, catching a tight end screen behind the line of scrimmage and showing some serious athleticism as he burst down the field for the touchdown. Unfortunately, the play was called back for an illegal block-in-the back penalty. Howard had a bad drop on a deep post that would have gone for a big gain in the 2nd quarter.

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.

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