O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The Buccaneers were judicious in their usage of Howard, but the rookie made splash plays when his number was called. A mark of 16.6 YPC is snappy for any player, but especially for a rookie tight end. And Howard somehow scored six times on just 26 catches. He also deserves high marks for snagging two-thirds of his 39 targets. Howard is an elite athlete, and that might actually work against his fantasy potential a bit - unlike teammate Cameron Brate, Howard is a strong blocker and will be deployed in that role often. But if you're merely thinking about TE upside in the secondary stages of your fantasy draft, Howard is a name to underscore. He has a pedigree (the 19th overall pick in 2017) and most of his Combine stats were impressive. At the end of the day, Tampa Bay can't ignore that Howard is slightly bigger than Brate, significantly faster and has a much wider catch radius. Both Howard and Brate played for Crimson-colored colleges (Alabama and Harvard, respectively), but if we're picking between them, we'll tap the Tide for maximum upside. Just remember that both tight ends likely will face a challenge early in the year, as QB Jameis Winston will serve a suspension for the first three weeks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $11.09 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2017.
Another solid effort in OT victory
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
October 21, 2018
Howard brought in five of nine targets for 67 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The second-year tight end was second on the team to Mike Evans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, as he continues playing an important, steady role in the passing game on most weeks. Howard has shown encouraging chemistry with Jameis Winston thus far in the latter's two starts, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. The 23-year-old has been making his catches downfield on average as well, as he's posted a double-digit YPC figure in each of the five games where he's managed to post a reception. He'll look to continue rising against the Bengals in Week 8.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    187
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    19
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
2017
608
47
2018
187
19
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other TEs)

Height:   6' 6"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   251 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.51 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.16 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.85 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   33.75 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   30 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   121 in
GREAT
Bench Press:   22 reps
GOOD
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Questionable
Doubtful
2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Bucs have to feel good about landing Howard at No. 19 overall, as his realistic range stretched as high as the No. 6 pick to the Jets. He was the top tight end prospect in the draft, and he received plenty of exposure playing at Alabama. When examining his college stats, it's probably best to focus on the 15.1 YPC and not the seven TDs in 46 games -- Nick Saban is in the business of winning NCAA titles, not assembling a pinball offense. What's realistic for a rookie tight end, production wise? In this century, we've seen eight go past 500 yards and 10 get five touchdowns or more. Howard should have an immediate role, but Tampa already has an elite WR in Mike Evans, a proven red-zone TE in Cameron Brate and a deep threat in DeSean Jackson. And keep in mind a big part of Howard's appeal is his in-line blocking ability.
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Scores in loss
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
October 14, 2018
Howard caught all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-29 loss to Atlanta.
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Officially active Week 6
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
October 14, 2018
Howard (knee-MCL) is active for Sunday's Week 6 divisional showdown against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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Expected to play Sunday
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - MCL
October 13, 2018
Howard (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, is expected to play in the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Listed as questionable after full practice
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - MCL
October 12, 2018
Howard (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Limited again Thursday
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Knee - MCL
October 11, 2018
Howard (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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