TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-6, 251Born: 11-19-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Howard came back from the dead in a result that probably says more about the Jaguars poorly defending the tight end (they face Hunter Henry this week), than a Howard revival, but he's worth a what the heck tight end look against the Colts if you're desperate.

Week 14: vs Indianapolis Colts

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Buccaneers passing offense has been a risk-reward group all season due to the gun-slinger play from quarterback Jameis Winston. Last week marked the first time Winston has failed to throw a touchdown in a game, but it also marked the fourth time he has thrown no interceptions--and the first time in his past four games as he had thrown eight interceptions in the previous three outings alone. It was a clear example of when doing less was more to help Tampa Bay win the game, but it certainly did not help his elite wide receivers as neither Chris Godwin nor Mike Evans managed to exceed 55 yards for the first time since Week 1. Evans leads the team in targets this season and did have some top-notch opportunities last week. However, both Evans and Godwin have seemingly traded weeks as the target and yardage leaders for this offense and will continue to serve as the top options for this Tampa Bay passing offense. The Colts passing defense has been solid overall, but highly variable for most of the season. While they rank above average as a defense in passing yards allowed per game (12th fewest with 226.9), they have given up over 295 passing yards in half of their games and fewer than 195 passing yards in the other half. In most cases, those good games against the pass came against pedestrian passing offenses (Titans x2, Broncos, Dolphins). This week's challenge is far from a pedestrian passing offense as the Buccaneers have piled on the yards against opposing secondaries. Mike Evans moves all over the field, but he should have no problem with either outside cornerback the Colts line up to cover him. Godwin should see a slightly more difficult matchup with Kenny Moore out of the slot, but Godwin still has the edge as he is very tough to cover. Turnovers have been a strong point for this defense though, as the Colts have forced at least one interception in four of their last five games--however, they will still need to keep these elite Tampa Bay receivers in check to have a chance at success in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs ARI 84 4.0 47 1 0 10.7
11 vs NO 17 0.0 0 0 0 0
12 at ATL 51 1.0 10 0 0 1
13 at JAX 63 5.0 61 0 0 6.1
14 vs IND PROJ-Dodds * 2.5 * * * *
14 vs IND PROJ-Tremblay * 2.8 * * * *
14 vs IND PROJ-Bloom * 2.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

O.J. Howard's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs JAX (6 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)

Howard showed some signs of life this week, playing a full complement of snaps after a couple of weeks in the coaches doghouse. He got open up the seam for a 25 yard gain at the end of the 1st quarter. Howard reeled in a deep crossing route for another big gain with just seconds left in the 1st half.

2019 Week 12 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

After being benched in his last game, Howard wasn't spotted on the field until this game was well into the 2nd quarter. He caught a screen pass in the 3rd quarter and nearly scored as he was taken down inside the Atlanta 5 yard line.

2019 Week 11 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Howard bobbled an easy catch on a short crossing route then clumsily attempted to corral it behind his back, resulting in an interception late in the 1st quarter. He was benched after the play, and Cameron Brate was peppered with 14 targets as the coaches appeared to take offense to Howard's effort.

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (7 / 4 / 47 / 1 rec)

Howard took advantage of his best matchup of the year, and reappeared in the 1st half with a couple of short catches before pulling in an amazing reception over two defenders on a seam route. The 26 yard reception set the Bucs up in the red zone with 12 seconds left in the 1st half. Howard walked into the end zone for an easy touchdown on the next play as the Cardinals secondary appeared confused about who was covering Howard. Winston looked for him again up the seam in the 2nd half, but this time Howard got crushed between two defenders and was not able to bring the ball in. Howard to not have any receptions in the 2nd half.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (4 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Another week, another Cameron Brate touchdown. Howard was held to just 2 receptions on 4 targets this week. He had an exciting reception on a TE screen that he caught behind the line of scrimmage and broke down the right sideline for 30 yards, breaking one tackle before being shoved out of bounds at the Carolina 5 yard line. Howard was the target on Winston's second interception, which was deflected at the line of scrimmage into the arms of a defender. Howard managed one more reception on a short curl route early in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Howard continues to be invisible in this offense. Winston looked his way on a deep corner route during the Bucs' first drive, but he underthrew the pass and missed out on a big gain. Despite playing all four quarters, Howard notched his only reception on a shallow crossing route with 40 seconds left in the game.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Howard had another slow day as Winston peppered receiver Godwin with most of his targets. Winston hit Howard on a curl route in the 1st quarter. Howard's most impressive play was a catch and run on a tight end screen in the 2nd quarter. He got close to the end zone in the second quarter, but was brought down inside the 10 yard line on his final catch of the game. Howard had a costly holding penalty that negated a huge Ronald Jones run in the 3rd quarter. Howard still has yet to score this season, while fellow tight end Brate has found paydirt three times.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec)

Winston took several more deep shots for Howard this week, and the two narrowly missed several big connections. Howard nearly hauled in a touchdown early in the 1st quarter, but the ball was just out of his reach on a fade route from Winston. He sniffed the end zone again when he was tackled on the Giants' three yard line after hauling in a deep post from Winston. Howard narrowly missed a huge gain down the right sideline against tight coverage in the 2nd quarter. He and Winston connected on what looked like the same play later in the same series for a 30 yard gain down the right s

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Howard had a brutally slow day. He was targeted once in the 2nd quarter, but was flagged for pushing off on the incompletion. He was flagged gain for a false start later in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (5 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Howard was featured more prominently in the passing game than Cameron Brate, but he caused two brutal turnovers while Brate scored two touchdowns that were both called back for penalties on Demar Dotson. Howard snagged a shallow drag route for no gain on Winston's first pass attempt of the game. He killed a long drive in the second quarter when he caught a short curl route and fumbled the ball inside the San Francisco red zone. Howard committed another costly gaff at the end of the second quarter as he deflected a pass into the air where it was intercepted by a San Francisco linebacker. Howard caught a deep crossing route for 15 yard gain(his longest of the day) at the end of the third quarter. Howard was credited for two tackles in some formats, which would have helped alleviate the points lost to the fumble for anyone with IDP scoring.


Latest News

Buccaneers | O.J. Howard catches five passes (Sun Dec 1, 06:14 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught five passes for 61 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13. He was targeted six times during the game.

Our View: Howard came back to life in a game that could get him some looks on the waiver wire after a total bust of a season, and it should help the case for Hunter Henry's upside next week against the Jaguars.
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Buccaneers | O.J. Howard held to one catch (Sun Nov 24, 06:04 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught one pass for 10 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12. He was targeted two times during the game.

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