Howard brought in one of three passes for 15 yards in Sunday's 38-33 loss to the Cardinals. In what has become an increasingly frustrating season-long pattern, Howard was once again a minimal participant in the air attack. The 2017 first-round pick has seen position mate Cameron Brate -- who many had assumed he would outpace in targets and receptions -- already collect 21 receptions for 281 yards and four touchdowns, while Howard has put up a 5/107/1 line and posted one or no catches in four of his first five contests. The 22-year-old clearly has too much talent to be this irrelevant for the duration of the season, and it could simply be a matter of the Bucs struggling to find a way to get their diverse array of talented pass catchers involved.
Howard failed to corral the one target he saw -- which came on the last play of the game -- in Thursday's 19-14 loss to the Patriots. After impressing with a 58-yard touchdown in the Bucs' Week 4 win against the Giants, Howard was surprisingly ignored Thursday until Jameis Winston targeted him with a last-gasp pass at the goal line as time expired. The throw came up short, leaving the rookie without a catch for the first time in his four-game NFL career, even as he played 41 offensive snaps. Despite the fact that the Bucs have plenty of mouths to feed on offense, Howard's total of three receptions for 38 yards -- outside of his aforementioned scoring play -- is significantly underwhelming. The rookie first-round pick will look to finally break out against the Cardinals in Week 6.
Howard secured two of four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-23 win over the Giants. After a quiet first two games, the 2017 first-rounder finally broke through on the stat sheet, running wide open down the left sideline in the first quarter for a 58-yard score that extended the Bucs' lead to 13-0 and served as his first in the NFL. Howard notched just one more catch on the afternoon, but the fact that he finally was able to showcase some of his downfield ability was a welcome sight for both the team and fantasy owners that have been waiting for a breakout. Howard could be poised for another productive outing when the Bucs face off with the vulnerable Patriots defense in a Week 5 Thursday night tilt.
Howard brought in his only target for 12 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Vikings. As was the case in his Week 2 pro debut, Howard was outproduced by position mate Cameron Brate, who tallied four receptions and his first touchdown of the season, despite only playing 26 snaps as compared to the rookie's 34. Howard's involvement in the passing game has been decidedly modest through his first two contests, but that's naturally expected to change as the season unfolds. He'll look to bump up his production and generate the first multi-catch game of his young career against the Giants at home in Week 4.
Howard brought in one of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears. The 2017 first-round pick couldn't make much of an impact on the stat sheet, but that was likely a product of a game script that saw the Bucs already holding a commanding 26-0 lead by halftime. Howard's 46 snaps was a much more favorable number, however, as he notably outpaced position mate and co-starter Cameron Brate by eight plays. While the exact amount of usage for both players will naturally fluctuate week to week, Howard is expected to be given every opportunity to validate his draft status. He'll look to translate his playing time into more production in a Week 3 road tilt against the Vikings.
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