TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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

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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.

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 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 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 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 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.

2018 Week 1 vs NO (2 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

Howard's targets were limited as receivers Jackson and Evans drew most of the looks from Fitzpatrick. Howard had a big 35 yard pickup early in the second quarter, outrunning his defender down the right sideline after high pointing a Fitzpatrick pass over two defensive backs. Howard split off wide right of the formation on the next offensive drive and made a leaping catch over is defender for another big gain. Howard was only targeted the two times, but had nearly twice as many offensive snaps as fellow TE Cameron Brate.

2018 Week 2 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 96 / 1 rec)

Howard posted a great stat line with a limited amount of looks. He was targeted four times, making it six targets on the season. Fitzpatrick's interception was Howard's fault, as the tight end bobbled a perfect pass on a wide open crossing route near the end of the first quarter. Howard redeemed himself shortly after in the second quarter, hauling in an out route and housing it with an athletic scamper up the left sideline. Howard juked one defender out of his shoes after the catch and showed some serious speed as he outran the rest of the defense for a 75 yard touchdown. Howard made a beautiful diving grab on a deep post route later in the second quarter for a gain of 20 yards. Fellow tight end Cameron Brate played but was not targeted.

2018 Week 3 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)

Howard drew 8 targets on the day and secured 6 of them, but it was fellow TE Cameron Brate(4 targets) who found the end zone this week. Howard lined up with his hand in the dirt and worked his way open on a curl route, finding room to run after the catch for a 13 yard gain in the 1st. Howard made another strong catch with a defender draped over his back on a curl route later in the quartert. Fitzpatrick hit him for a short gain late in the 4th, then found him up the middle for big gain on the very next play. Howard caught another short curl route later in the 4th and juked a couple of defenders for a nifty run after the catch.

2018 Week 4 vs CHI (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fitzpatrick overthrew Howard in the end zone at the end of the 1st quarter. Howard nearly secured a nice gain on a deep post in the 2nd quarter, but Fitzpatrick again overthrew him. Howard left before the second half with a knee injury. He was diagnosed with a sprained MCL and could miss up to four weeks. Brate could see extra targets and red zone looks with Howard out.

2018 Week 6 vs ATL (4 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)

Howard came back from a brief absence for an MCL sprain and did not appear limited at all. He scored at the end of the 2nd quarter, lining up in line on the right side of the formation and working his way across the field against physical coverage from a linebacker. Howard caught the pass with his defender draped over his back and then pushed his way into the end zone. Howard picked up 21 yards on a corner route in the 3rd quarter, then secured a deep curl route for another nice gain up the seam on the next play. Howard caught another crossing route near the Atlanta 5 yard line in the 4th, but was tackled before he could reach the goal line.

2018 Week 7 vs CLE (9 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)

Howard drew a season-high 9 targets against the Browns, securing 5 of them. He made strong catch up the seam with a defender draped over his back in the 2nd quarter, then followed it up with another catch on what looked like the same play twice in a row. Winston found Howard on a corner route in the 3rd quarter that almost resulted in a touchdown. Howard made an amazing leaping catch over two defenders and stretched it over the front pylon, but was ruled down by contact at the 2 yard line. Ronald Darby punched the ball in for a touchdown on the next play. Howard picked up a 1st down with a late 4th quarter reception on an out route as the Bucs tried to regain the lead.

2018 Week 8 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 68 / 1 rec)

Howard's target total was a bit disappointing at 4 total, but he converted all 4 targets into catches and found the end zone again. He picked up a nice gain up the seam with his first target of the 1st quarter. Winston hit him again for a big gain on a seam route in the 3rd quarter. Howard had an impressive catch and run that was called back for offensive holding in the 4th quarter. Fitzpatrick found Howard for a touchdown on 4th and 3 from the Bengals 18 yard line. The big tight end was matched up with a linebacker in coverage, who didn't have a chance as Howard took off on a skinny post and left him in the dust. The Bucs converted the ensuing 2 point tie the game at 34-34, but couldn't stop the Bengals from driving down and kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired.

2018 Week 9 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 53 / 2 rec)

Howard caught the first 2 of Fitzpatrick's lined up in a three point stance and ran a shallow crossing route behind the linebackers in coverage, hauling in a pass from Fitzpatrick for a 15 yard gain in the 1st quarter. Howard scored on a nice play action misdirection play early in the 2nd quarter. Fitzpatrick faked handoff to Barber off left tackle, then rolled out to the right, while Howard chip blocked and sprinted into the flat, where he was wide open for an easy score. Howard scored again on a similar play at the end of the 1st half, catching a shallow out route for another easy score from the 3 yard line. Howard split out wide right as the only receiver on the right side of the formation and beat his defender down the right sideline, securing a high pass from Fitzpatrick for a 31 yard gain.

2018 Week 10 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Howard split out a few feet from the offensive line and secured a post route in the middle of the field for a 15 yard gain gain on Tampa Bay's first offensive drive. It would be his last catch of the day as the Washington defense completely shut down the Bucs tight ends in the receiving game. Howard was the target on Fitzpatrick's second interception, but the fault lies with the QB, who didn't see a defensive back coming behind Howard to undercut the route he was running up the seam.

2018 Week 11 vs NYG (6 / 5 / 78 / 0 rec)

Howard continues to be as efficient a target as you'll find, securing 5 of his 6 targets, which were second on the team behind Evans and Jackson(7 each). He did not find the end zone this week. Howard took off up the seam in the 2nd quarter and made a great catch in traffic on a laser pass from Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick hit Howard for a couple of consecutive completions on short out routes in the 3rd quarter. Howard lined up with his hand in the dirt and got loose up the seam for a 20 yard dart from Winston early in the 4th quarter. Winston found him again after Howard first attempted an out route then worked upfield against a slower linebacker in coverage later in the 4th, picking up 24 yards for his biggest gain of the day. Howard tweaked one of his ankle and left the game late in the 4th quarter. It sounds like he is going to be alright, but the Bucs have ordered further tests.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.