O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard
24-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
IR
Injury Ankle
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
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$Signed a four-year, $11.09 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2017.
Expecting quick recovery
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 26, 2018
Howard (ankle) is still wearing a hard cast but expects to recover from his injury within 4-to-6 weeks, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
While his own estimate needs to be taken with a grain of salt, Howard might have avoided injured reserve if the Buccaneers had still been in the playoff hunt. As is, he'll set his sights toward a full recovery before the start of the team's offseason program in April, hoping to build on a breakout 2018 campaign in which he produced 56.5 yards per game while averaging 16.6 per catch and 11.8 per target. The Bucs would be wise to give him more than 4.8 targets per game next season, but it may require the team to part ways with the likes of Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and/or DeSean Jackson to ensure that happens.
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How do O.J. Howard's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
52.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.20
 
% Team Air Yards
9.9%
 
% Team Targets
9.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
72.3%
 
Drop Rate
4.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.7
 
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How often does O.J. Howard run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how O.J. Howard and the other tight ends for the Buccaneers are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
O.J. Howard
227 routes   48 targets
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272 routes   40 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Ravens pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Overall QB Rating Against
77.7
 
Cornerbacks
74.1
 
Safeties
80.3
 
Linebackers
84.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do O.J. Howard's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 6"
 
Weight
251 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.16 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.85 sec
 
Vertical Jump
30.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
22 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
33.75 in
 
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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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Not expected to require surgery
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 20, 2018
Howard (ankle) will not require surgery for his ankle and foot injuries that will force him to injured reserve, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Bound for IR
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 20, 2018
The Buccaneers will place Howard on injured reserve Tuesday with ankle and foot injuries, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Seeking second opinion on ankle
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 19, 2018
Howard (ankle) received good news Monday and is now getting a second opinion, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Set for evaluation
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 19, 2018
Howard (ankle) will be evaluated Monday after exiting Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants in the fourth quarter, Eduardo Encina of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Hurts right ankle
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
November 18, 2018
Howard is doubtful to return to Sunday's road game against the Giants due to an ankle injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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