Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 6'6"
  • 250
  • 24
  • 0 years
  • Alabama
  • 2017 R1 O, None

Season To Date Statistics

Year Team Gms Plays Targets Catch Catch Yards YPC Catch TDs Car Rush Yards Rush TDs Fum Total Yards Total TDs 25+ Yd TDs 50+ Yard Gms 1+ TD Gms
2017 TB 14 39 39 26 432 16.6 6 0 0 0 2 432 6 0 5 5

Recent Player News

  • Posted: 4/23/2018 11:00pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the potential to 'take a big leap' in his second year, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, who added that 'there are so, so many little things that he can do better.'

    Huddle Up: Howard registered 26 catches for 432 yards and six scores across 14 ballgames in his rookie campaign before missing the final two with an ankle injury. Other than his touchdowns, more was expected from the 2017 first-round draft pick, but as Koetter said, if he improves on the little things, there could be an immense jump from Howard. That being said, it's worth at least having him on fantasy rosters as a TE2 just for his high ceiling alone.

  • Posted: 12/19/2017 11:39am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 19. Howard left early in Week 15 with an ankle injury.

    Huddle Up: Howard's impressive rookie season appears to be over, but he made his mark after a slow start. His ceiling is limited as long as Cameron Brate is in town, but Howard has TE1 potential as one of the most talented tight ends in the NFL.

  • Posted: 12/18/2017 10:58pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard finished with one 30-yard reception that went for a touchdown, before leaving due to injury, in the team's Week 15 defeat Monday, Dec. 18, against the Atlanta Falcons.

    Huddle Up: Howard has finally emerged with some consistency in recent weeks, but his ankle injury could be a real setback in terms of how he finishes up his rookie season, as the Bucs could opt to play it safe and keep him out with nothing to play for. Cameron Brate was productive in his absence and will be someone to consider deploying if Howard remains sidelined.

  • Posted: 12/18/2017 6:59pm ET

    Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) is out for the rest of the game Monday, Dec. 18, against the Atlanta Falcons.

    Huddle Up: That's an unfortunate blow for owners relying on Howard in their fantasy playoff matchup, but the rookie out of Alabama was at least able to contribute a 30-yard touchdown catch before departing. Interestingly, teammate Cameron Brate (knee) also had to exit the Monday night affair due to injury.

  • Posted: 12/18/2017 6:40pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) left the game Monday, Dec. 18, versus the Atlanta Falcons due to an ankle injury. He's questionable to return to the contest.

    Huddle Up: Howard has finally been starting to show some consistency, recording more than 50 receiving yards in three of the last four games entering Week 15, so this would be a tough blow if he has to miss any time. Fortunately, he did at least make one big contribution before departing, hauling in his only target for a 30-yard touchdown.

  • Posted: 12/10/2017 6:53pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard ended up with four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown on six targets in Week 14 against the Detroit Lions.

    Huddle Up: Howard has all the tools to be a TE1 going forward, but he has had to share the wealth with Cameron Brate. The rookie is starting to push ahead of Brate on the depth chart and he could be a fantasy stud in 2018 and beyond.

  • Posted: 11/26/2017 1:33pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught three passes for 52 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 12.

    Huddle Up: Howard has recorded 104 yards and one touchdown over the last two games and has been more involved in the passing game recently. He should be considered a No. 2 tight end in most fantasy leagues.

  • Posted: 11/19/2017 5:33pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard posted three receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Miami Dolphins. He was targeted four times.

    Huddle Up: Howard has shown glimpses of brilliance in the past, but then fantasy owners flock to pick him up only to be disappointed. Wait to see more consistency on a week-to-week basis before trusting him again. The Falcons host the Buccaneers in Week 12.

  • Posted: 11/5/2017 5:02pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard posted just one grab for six yards on two targets in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints. To make matters worse, Howard also lost a fumble.

    Huddle Up: And for the second straight week, we reiterate that all of the talk in the Twitterverse about the rookie emerging as a TE1 in all fantasy leagues was premature. He is a TE2 at best, and at this rate he is lucky to be considered that.

  • Posted: 10/29/2017 1:54pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard picked up two receptions for 16 yards on his two targets in Week 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

    Huddle Up: There has been talk in the Twittersphere that Howard might be trusted as a TE1 in fantasy leagues, but that's a bit premature. As long as Cameron Brate (who led the team in receiving yardage Sunday) is healthy, Howard remains a No. 2 option in most fantasy formats.

  • Posted: 10/22/2017 6:30pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught all six of his targets for 98 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-27 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 7.

    Huddle Up: Howard's TE1 upside was on full display in this one, but week-to-week consistency is likely to elude Howard with Cameron Brate continuing to play well in his own right.

  • Posted: 10/1/2017 8:54pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught two passes for 63 yards, including a 58-yard touchdown, in a 25-23 win over the New York Giants Sunday, Oct. 1.

    Huddle Up: Howard flashed his athleticism, but with just four catches in three games, he only needs to be owned in keeper leagues currently.

  • Posted: 8/4/2017 6:31pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard saw time with the first-team offense and the second unit during practice Friday, Aug. 4, and he caught most of the passes thrown his way and blocked well in the run game, according Joe Kania to of Buccaneers.com.

    Huddle Up: Howard has elite athleticism for a tight end. He is worth a flier as a high-upside TE2 this year, and he is a long-term TE1 prospect.

  • Posted: 7/1/2017 7:30pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said TE O.J. Howard is going to do 'amazing' things for the offense. 'This is the fastest, most athletic 6-6, 255 guy I've ever seen in my life,' Winston said Saturday, July 1. 'It's unreal.'

    Huddle Up: Howard's physical tools are off the charts, but he is likely going to be involved some type of timeshare with Cameron Brate, making Howard an upside TE2 in redraft leagues.

  • Posted: 6/10/2017 6:22pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston have a chemistry that is 'going to be tough to dethrone,' according to Trevor Sikkema of PetwerReport.com, and Sikkema believes Brate could make it difficult for TE O.J. Howard to be the No. 1 option at the position.

    Huddle Up: Howard has long-term upside as a TE1 and is the preferred option in keeper leagues. However, Winston looked Brate's way a lot in the red zone last year, and his touchdown potential should allow Brate to remain a quality TE2 this season.

  • Posted: 5/22/2017 9:41am ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 22. All first-round picks have options for a fifth year.

    Huddle Up: Howard is a tricky one to project this season because Cameron Brate will remain heavily involved. Howard is probably better as an upside TE2 in fantasy.

  • Posted: 5/7/2017 5:14pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'can do everything' a tight end needs to do, head coach Dirk Koetter said after the first day of rookie minicamp, and Howard said the similarities between Koetter's offense and the system he ran in college has helped make the transition easier.

    Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends don't typically make an instant impact, but Howard is still worth a look as a high-upside TE2 this year, and he has TE1 potential long term.

  • Posted: 5/5/2017 9:16pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard played on the line of scrimmage and in the slot at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he was uncoverable in 11-on-11 drills, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.

    Huddle Up: Howard should be considered a high-upside TE2 in redraft leagues, and he has TE1 potential long term.

  • Posted: 4/28/2017 9:48pm ET

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate is a 'heck of a player' and will still be involved in the offense despite the addition of TE O.J. Howard, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'In our offense and a lot of offenses in today's day and age, you have two tight ends,' Licht said.

    Huddle Up: Brate will undoubtedly lose targets to Howard and DeSean Jackson, and his chances of being a TE1 in 2017 have disappeared. That being said, his impact in the red zone could keep him in the TE2 conversation.

  • Posted: 4/27/2017 7:32pm ET

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.

    Huddle Up: The Buccaneers have added another weapon in their passing game with Howard, but he may not start right away with Cameron Brate on the roster. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 tight end in 2017, but he should be a solid pick in keeper leagues since he has the potential to be a starting fantasy tight end in a few years.

2017 Game Logs

Wk Opp Tar Cat CYds CTD
2 CHI 3 1 17 0
3 @MIN 1 1 12 0
4 NYG 4 2 63 1
5 NE 1 0 0 0
6 @ARI 3 1 15 0
7 @BUF 6 6 98 2
8 CAR 2 2 16 0
9 @NO 2 1 6 0
10 NYJ 0 0 0 0
11 @MIA 4 3 52 1
12 @ATL 4 3 52 0
13 @GB 2 1 17 0
14 DET 6 4 54 1
15 ATL 1 1 30 1

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