O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard
24-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.
Runs routes for Mahomes
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
March 21, 2019
Howard (ankle) was seen running routes for Patrick Mahomes in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Both of Howard's first two seasons as a pro were cut short by injuries to his right ankle and/or foot, limiting him to 24 of a possible 32 appearances. With 16.6 yards per catch, 11.5 yards per target and an 18.3 percent touchdown rate (11 TDs on 60 receptions) in his career, he's been dynamic when on the field and now will be operating under new coach Bruce Arians. Assuming he can stay healthy in 2019, Howard is a breakout candidate by any measure.
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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
52.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.19
 
% Team Air Yards
8.1%
 
% Team Targets
7.6%
 
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?
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O.J. Howard
228 routes   48 targets
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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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Provides reason for optimism in '18
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
Ankle
January 1, 2019
Howard (ankle) finished the 2018 season with 34 receptions (48 targets) for 565 yards and five touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve prior to Week 12.
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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.
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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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