Ogunbowale was one of several Buccaneers skill players to participate in a workout with Tom Brady at Berkeley Preparatory School on Tuesday, Rick Stroud and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times report. The Wisconsin product managed to carve out a steady third-down role in what was his second Buccaneers campaign in 2019, leading to a career-best 35 receptions and 286 receiving yards, as well as a pair of rushing touchdowns. With Brady's extensive history of success with pass-catching backs, it certainly behooves Ogunbowale to get as much on-field time with his new quarterback, especially during an offseason where traditional OTAs aren't an option. Additionally, Ogunbowale projects to face fierce competition for playing time -- and by extension, his roster spot -- from rookies Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais this summer, so it's unsurprising to see him taking the initiative of participating in any workout organized by the future Hall of Fame signal-caller.
Ogunbowale finished the 2019 season with 11 carries for 17 yards and two touchdowns, 35 receptions (46 targets) for 286 yards and 223 kickoff return yards across 16 games. Ironically, the talented receiving back wasn't targeted in the Week 17 overtime loss to the Falcons, the first such instance during 2019. However, Ogunbowale was successful in the third-down role throughout the season, logging multiple receptions in 10 games overall. The third-year pro also was a solid presence in the return game when called upon, although he appeared to lose that role to T.J. Logan for several weeks until the latter was put on injured reserve with a thumb injury leading up to Week 14. With Peyton Barber headed into unrestricted free agency and Ogunbowale on the books for a bargain cost of $585,000 in 2020, the latter could have an opportunity to secure a bigger role behind Ronald Jones in training camp and preseason next summer.
Ogunbowale secured three of five targets for 34 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday. He also returned five kickoffs for 74 yards. Ogunbowale filled his usual complementary role, notching multiple receptions for the third time in the last four games and seeing five targets for the second time in three contests. The story with Ogunbowale is largely unchanged -- he'll log the occasional carry or two but sees a consistent, albeit modest, workload in the passing game.
Ogunbowale rushed once for three yards and secured his only target for 13 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday. He also returned two kickoffs for 43 yards. Ogunbowale filled his usual change-of-pace role, but with the Buccaneers enjoying a rather rare comfortable lead from the second quarter onward, he wasn't as involved as in recent weeks. He also continued filling the primary kickoff returner role with T.J. Logan (thumb) on injured reserve and should see varying levels of modest activity over the final two games of the campaign.
Ogunbowale hauled in all five of his targets for 48 yards and returned one kickoff for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday. He also lost a fumble. The change-of-pace back played a total of 23 snaps on offense in addition to his 19 on special teams. Ogunbowale's reception and receiving yardage totals were career bests, as he continues to develop into a dependable third-down/two-minute back. His virtually non-existent rushing role does limit his fantasy viability, however.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|4||10/04||Los Angeles Chargers||22||18.88|
|6||10/18||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|7||10/26||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|8||11/03||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|9||11/09||New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|11||11/24||Los Angeles Rams||19||18.00|
|12||11/29||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|3 Year Avg||4||6||1||12||95||0||15|