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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
4-2-0 13-4-0
4-2-0 9-8-0
2-4-0 7-10-0
2-4-0 5-12-0

2021 Receiving

STATS REC
Receptions
YDS
Receiving Yards
AVG
Average Yards per Reception
TD
Receiving Touchdowns
LNG
Longest Reception
Regular Season 14 135 9.6 1 21
Post Season 1 3 3.0 0 3

Top O.J. Howard News

  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: One grab in playoff opener

    Howard brought in his only target for three yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.

    Howard surprisingly saw a target after being utilized exclusively as a blocker for the last three games of the regular season. Despite the one grab Sunday, Howard has virtually no fantasy value in postseason contests as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate are healthy in front of him.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Finishes season with 14 catches

    Howard, who did not draw a target over nine snaps in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers in Week 18, finished the 2021 season with 14 receptions (21 targets), 135 yards and a touchdown across 17 games.

    Hopes were high for the 2017 first-round pick as recently as last season before he suffered an Achilles tear in Week 4, and Howard was never able to truly reignite his nascent but promising 2020 connection with Tom Brady this past season. In fairness, the 27-year-old didn't exactly have much of a chance to do so, as he was increasingly utilized exclusively as a blocker down the stretch. Howard has now played out the entirety of his rookie contract, and with seemingly zero indication from the Buccaneers that there's an interest in bringing him back, the athletic but oft-injured Alabama product is virtually certain to ply his trade elsewhere in 2022.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Another stat-less game

    Howard logged 14 snaps in Sunday's 28-24 win over the Jets but did not draw a target.

    Howard now has two straight games without a target and has logged all of two looks since Week 9. The fifth-year veteran figures to remain a complete nonfactor in Week 18 against the Panthers unless coach Bruce Arians elects to sit Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate for significant portions of the contest ahead of the postseason.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets on 24 snaps

    Howard was not targeted during the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

    The athletic tight end continues to be a complete non-factor in the air attack, no matter who else is on the shelf for the Bucs any given week. Howard's snap count was actually only seven behind position mate Cameron Brate's, but while the latter at least seems to be good for 3-4 targets most weeks, the former is utilized exclusively as a run blocker these days.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Minimal involvement again

    Howard failed to bring in his only target over 10 snaps in the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.

    The fifth-year veteran once again was an afterthought, even with all of Mike Evans (hamstring), Chris Godwin (knee) and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) exiting the contest early. With Antonio Brown set to step in for Godwin beginning with the Week 16 contest against the Panthers, Howard may not see even the slightest uptick in opportunity, especially if Evans also manages to avoid an absence in that contest.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Another empty outing

    Howard logged just five snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 33-27 overtime win on Sunday and did not draw a target.

    The empty stat line has unfortunately become par for the course for Howard, who appears destined to play out the string on his Buccaneers career in uneventful fashion. The fifth-year pro has one reception for 10 yards over his last five contests and doesn't project to see any uptick in involvement as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate remain healthy in front of him.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets over six snaps

    Howard did not draw a target over six snaps during the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

    Howard's disappearing act from the offense continued Sunday, with the veteran failing to see a target for the second straight game and third time in the last four contests overall. The 27-year-old figures to continue as an afterthought in the offense as long as Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate are healthy in front of him.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No catches in Week 12 win

    Howard did not record a target during his nine snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Colts.

    The fifth-year tight end logged 13 fewer snaps than Cameron Brate and 46 less than Rob Gronkowski, leaving no doubt as to his spot on the depth chart. Howard now has all of one target over the last three contests, and Sunday's snap count was his lowest since Week 1, when he began to be worked back into action following an Achilles tear that ended his 2020 campaign.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: One target in Gronk's return

    Howard secured his only target for a 10-yard gain in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

    Howard was third among the Buccaneers' tight ends in snap share (26 percent) and targets. With Rob Gronkowski back in action Monday night and healthy for now, Howard is likely to continue operating in a depth role during a Week 12 matchup against the Colts.

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  • Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: No targets in Week 10 loss

    Howard did not see a target over his 28 snaps from scrimmage during Sunday's 29-19 loss to Washington, but his lack of looks was unrelated to the fact he committed a false start penalty on the first play of the game, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

    The fifth-year tight end's total lack of opportunity was especially disappointing when considering Rob Gronkowski (back) remained out of action. Howard had at least shown signs of an offensive pulse over the last month-plus with multiple receptions in three of the past four games, but if Gronkowski can make it back for Monday night's game against the Giants, the Alabama product could be a non-factor for a second straight contest.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 251 lbs
Birthplace: Autaugaville, AL
Age: 27
School: Alabama
Experience: 5