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O.J. Howard | Tight End | #80

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/19/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 251
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (19) / TB
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Bucs placed TE O.J. Howard on injured reserve with foot and ankle injuries, ending his season.
Howard suffered both injuries on the same play late in Sunday's loss to the Giants. It's the second-straight season the No. 19 overall pick of last year's draft will end on injured reserve. Howard was also felled by his ankle as a rookie. Howard was in the midst of a genuine breakout campaign, turning 34 catches into 565 yards (16.6 YPC) and five touchdowns. He cleared 50 yards in 8-of-10 healthy appearances. Still only 24, Howard will be a TE1 pick in next year's drafts. As for 2018, Cameron Brate is now a must add in all formats and will be in the TE1 mix from here on out.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Cameron Brate's extremely cheap on all sites and will be a big part of the Buccaneers offense against the 49ers. He's been irrelevant this season, but with had a couple of nine target games with Winston last season, and could be looking at similar upside this week in the highest game total (55) of Sunday's slate. Nov 20 - 4:10 PM

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O.J. Howard is getting a second opinion on his ankle.

Initial testing revealed "good news," but the Bucs have ordered up more just to be sure. Howard was injured on the Bucs' final drive against the Giants. We should have a good idea of his status by the time the Bucs release their first Week 12 injury report on Wednesday.
Nov 19 - 2:53 PM

O.J. Howard caught 5-of-6 targets for 78 yards in the Bucs' Week 11 loss to the Giants.

The Giants have struggled against tight end of the year, so it wasn't shocking to see Howard get back on track. He was being checked on the sideline by trainers for a brief period during the team's final drive, so there was actually room for an even bigger day had he stayed on the field. He'll be a TE1 again next week against the Niners.
Nov 18 - 5:18 PM

O.J. Howard caught his lone target for 15 yards in the Bucs' Week 10 loss to the Redskins.

Cameron Brate had one catch for 14 yards on three targets as the Redskins blanketed the Bucs' tight end duo. Howard will get back on track next week as a lock-and-load TE1 on the road against the lowly Giants.
Nov 11 - 4:54 PM

O.J. Howard caught 4-of-6 targets for 53 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bucs' Week 9 loss to the Panthers.

Howard's scores, his fourth and fifth of the season, went for three and four yards. The first came on a "counter boot." The second, Howard was sent in motion and created a sufficient amount of space. Today was actually Howard's first healthy game since Week 1 where he failed to clear 60 yards. He will be a top-five tight end for Week 10 against the Redskins.
Nov 4 - 4:38 PM

O.J. Howard caught 4-of-4 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 8 loss to the Bengals.

Hyper efficient as usual, Howard's 18-yard score narrowed the deficit to two points late in the fourth quarter, and Chris Godwin tied the game with a two-point conversion one play later. The Bucs went on to lose in overtime. Even though Howard is not heavily targeted, he is catching everything in sight and making big plays. He will be an upside TE1 play in Week 9 at Carolina.
Oct 28 - 4:55 PM

O.J. Howard caught 5-of-9 passes for 67 yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Browns.

Howard's nine targets were the most he's had in a game this season. His best play of the day came on a 24-yard catch over a defender in which he was down at the 2-yard line. Howard now has 20 catches for 351 yards and two scores through six games and will be a lower-TE1 option in Week 8 against a Bengals team that has struggled to defend the tight end position all season.
Oct 21 - 5:39 PM

O.J. Howard hauled in all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 6 loss to the Falcons.

Howard was not limited at all despite coming back quickly from his sprained MCL. HIs first catch of the game was a 10-yard touchdown in which he out-muscled a linebacker, and but he really took over in the second half, catching three passes for 52 yards. Apparently fully healthy, Howard will be a TE1 next week against the Browns.
Oct 14 - 6:13 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) is active Week 6 against the Falcons.

This was the expectation after he got in a full practice Friday. It is possible Howard is limited coming off a sprained MCL, but he is a back-end starter at a weak position. Bucs declared OG Alex Cappa, CB Carlton Davis (groin), QB Ryan Griffin, OL Michael Liedtke, DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DE Noah Spence, and RB Shaun Wilson inactive for Week 6.
Oct 14 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports O.J. Howard (knee) is expected to play Week 6 against the Falcons.

Howard was initially expected to miss a couple of games after suffering a sprained MCL in Week 4, but he is ready to go coming out of the bye week. He might be limited, but Howard will be tough to sit considering the landscape at tight end. With Howard back, Cameron Brate is more of a desperation option.
Oct 13 - 11:55 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) is questionable for Week 6 against the Falcons.

Much to the dismay of Cameron Brate owners, O.J. Howard was surprisingly a full participant in practice Friday. If ruled active, expect Howard to play outside the 20-yard line with Brate continuing to soak up a majority of red zone looks. It's a terrific opportunity for both against a Falcons defense missing five key defenders Sunday.
Oct 12 - 2:47 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Howard is less than two weeks removed from a sprained MCL but is trending toward playing Sunday against the Falcons. He'll be in an excellent spot against Atlanta's beat-up secondary.
Oct 11 - 4:44 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Howard sprained his MCL in Week 4 ahead of last week's bye, so the week off apparently did him a lot of favors. He was in a brace on Wednesday, but it's an encouraging sign. Howard will be a TE1 if healthy Sunday against Atlanta. If he sits, Cameron Brate is a plug-and-play option at the weak position.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: This is a crucial injury to track for DFS this week, since the TB/ATL game should be the highest scoring game and both Howard and Brate are extremely cheap. Brate's the safer play regardless, since Howard was projected to be out 2-4 weeks and likely won't be pushed too hard if he's active.
Oct 10 - 1:52 PM

O.J. Howard (knee) did not participate during Monday's practice.

It is not a surprise considering Howard was expected to miss two-to-four weeks with an MCL sprain. Cameron Brate should start and be a back-end TE1 against the Falcons this week.
Oct 8 - 10:50 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports O.J. Howard is out two-to-four weeks with a sprained MCL.

It is ultimately positive news given what MRIs can reveal, but it is still a tough break for a player who started the season hot. The good news is the Bucs are on bye this week, so Howard might end up missing just one game. Cameron Brate will be a back-end TE1 if he gets the start against the Falcons in Week 6.
Oct 1 - 12:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jameis Winston
2Ryan Fitzpatrick
3Ryan Griffin
RB1Peyton Barber
2Ronald Jones
3Jacquizz Rodgers
4Shaun Wilson
5Dare Ogunbowale
GLB1Peyton Barber
2Ronald Jones
3RB1Jacquizz Rodgers
2Peyton Barber
FB1Alan Cross
WR11Mike Evans
2Adam Humphries
3Justin Watson
WR21DeSean Jackson
2Chris Godwin
WR31Adam Humphries
TE1O.J. Howard
2Cameron Brate
3Antony Auclair
LT1Donovan Smith
2Leonard Wester
LG1Ali Marpet
C1Ryan Jensen
2Evan Smith
RG1Caleb Benenoch
2Alex Cappa
RT1Demar Dotson
2Michael Liedtke
K1Cairo Santos