O.J. Howard
O.J. Howard
25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A popular breakout pick last summer, Howard took a big step backward instead of a big step forward, despite setting career highs for snaps (782) and targets. He played at least 75 percent of snaps in 13 of his 14 games, but drops (six) and penalties (five) led to criticism from coach Bruce Arians, whose limited praise focused on Howard's blocking. Howard's 71 pass-blocking snaps were 14th most among TEs, while 21 TEs bested his 145 slot snaps, in part because he was replaced by Cameron Brate on some passing downs. Howard averaged 56.5 yards in a four-game stretch Weeks 13-16, but his solid finish wasn't enough to prevent the Bucs from trading for Rob Gronkowski, and it isn't quite clear how Howard fits the plan, if at all. Read Past Outlooks
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$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.
Could play regularly with Gronk
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
June 11, 2020
Howard could end up seeing steady snaps alongside Rob Gronkowski in 2020 after coach Bruce Arians said last week that "12 personnel," or two tight-end sets, will be the "base offense" for Tampa Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
After a disappointing 2019 season in Arians' first year as coach, Howard looked like he could be a trade candidate when the Bucs acquired Gronkowski in April, reuniting the latter with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Instead, the Bucs not only elected to retain Howard, but they also exercised his $6.01 million fifth-year option for 2021, signaling that the 25-year-old is still firmly in the club's plans. He'll likely need to keep both the drops and penalties that plagued him in 2019 in check to both gain Brady's trust and ingratiate himself to Arians. If not, Howard could see his role on offense dwindle in favor of more three-receiver formations that would likely feature Chris Godwin in the slot rather than out wide.
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How do O.J. Howard's 2019 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
37.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.65
 
% Team Air Yards
8.3%
 
% Team Targets
8.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
63.0%
 
Drop Rate
11.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.9
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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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
358 routes   53 targets
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80%
2 routes   1 target
100%
282 routes   55 targets
95%
62 routes   5 targets
94%
29 routes   3 targets
45%
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2019 O.J. Howard Split Stats
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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.
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
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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Starts working with Brady
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
May 20, 2020
Howard was among a contingent of Buccaneers skill players to attend a workout organized by Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report.
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Fifth-year option exercised
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
April 29, 2020
The Buccaneers informed Howard on Wednesday that his fifth-year team option will be exercised, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Pats still a possibility
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
April 22, 2020
Howard could be a trade target for the Patriots after the team dealt Rob Gronkowski to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
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Targeted by Washington
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
April 22, 2020
The Buccaneers had discussions in February about trading Howard to Washington in exchange for left tackle Trent Williams, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
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Likely on the move
TETampa Bay Buccaneers
April 21, 2020
Howard's chances of being traded appear higher than ever after the Buccaneers' acquisition of Rob Gronkowski on Tuesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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