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O.J. Howard
Tampa Bay Buccaneers




$Signed a four-year, $11.09 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2017. Buccaneers exercised $6.01 million team option for 2021 in April of 2020.

October 4, 2020

Coach Bruce Arian said Howard suffered a ruptured Achilles during Sunday’s 38-31 win against the Chargers, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Howard’s fourth campaign will end precisely at the quarter mark of the season, leaving him with 11 catches (on 19 targets) for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Buccaneers will forge ahead with Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate and Tanner Hudson at tight end.

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How do O.J. Howard’s 2020 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.


Avg Depth of Target

10.8 Yds

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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

43 routes   13 targets

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See where O.J. Howard lined up on the field and how he performed at each spot.

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This Week’s Opposing Pass Defense

How does the Chargers pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?


The bars represents the team’s percentile rank (based on QB Rating Against). The longer the bar, the better their pass defense is. The team and position group ratings only include players that are currently on the roster and not on injured reserve. The list of players in the table only includes defenders with at least 3 attempts against them.

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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.



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Past Fantasy Outlooks




If you’re low on cash but feeling thirsty, head down to the local tavern armed with some O.J. Howard trivia. Howard led tight ends in YPC and YPT last year, which is sure to win you a few free libations. He certainly made an impression with quarterback Jameis Winston, who initially said the sky was the limit for Howard, then changed that to the moon. We always knew Winston was something of a space cadet; now we have deeper confirmation. A high-ankle sprain kept Howard out of six games last year and probably masked what was in all actuality a breakout season. He’s also a capable blocker, which can be a double-edged sword – the teams love it, the fantasy honks not so much. A third-year breakout would make sense from a linear perspective, and we’re also expecting coach Bruce Arians to have a ball with Howard’s size and athleticism. There are other talented pass catchers in Tampa Bay (Mike Evans and Chris Godwin wave hello), but Howard deserves consideration as the top tight end chosen after the first tier is depleted.

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.

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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Makes three catches in win

September 27, 2020

Howard brought in three of four targets for 49 yards in the Buccaneers’ 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday.

September 20, 2020

Howard secured one of three targets for 11 yards in the Buccaneers’ 31-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

September 13, 2020

Howard brought in four of six targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 34-23 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

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