Howard caught one of his two targets for a 16-yard gain during Friday's 16-14 win over Miami.
Both of Howard's targets came during Tampa Bay's opening drive, the only one in which Jameis Winston appeared. The Buccaneers didn't feature their starters much Friday, setting up what should be a telling game against Cleveland next week. Howard's uniquely complete skillset sounds like a perfect chess piece for an offensive mastermind like Bruce Arians, but one would also probably have to look back to Heath Miller as the last example of Arians featuring any tight end heavily in his offense.
Howard made multiple notable catches in Monday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports, and he's consistently impressed thus far in camp.
The ultra-athletic tight end has been busy dispelling the notion that his position is largely a forgotten one in coach Bruce Arians' offenses, as he's being featured on a wide variety of routes during each practice. Monday, Vitali reports Howard brought down a catch in the back left corner of the end zone on a pass from Jameis Winston in a red-zone period, and he followed that up with a big gain down the left side later in the session on a throw off the arm of undrafted rookie Vincent Testaverde. Howard saw a season cut short by injury for the second straight year in 2018, but there are big expectations heading into his third campaign after he averaged an outstanding 16.6 yards per grab in each of his first two seasons.
Howard (ankle) was seen running routes for Patrick Mahomes in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Both of Howard's first two seasons as a pro were cut short by injuries to his right ankle and/or foot, limiting him to 24 of a possible 32 appearances. With 16.6 yards per catch, 11.5 yards per target and an 18.3 percent touchdown rate (11 TDs on 60 receptions) in his career, he's been dynamic when on the field and now will be operating under new coach Bruce Arians. Assuming he can stay healthy in 2019, Howard is a breakout candidate by any measure.
Howard (ankle) finished the 2018 season with 34 receptions (48 targets) for 565 yards and five touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve prior to Week 12.
The second-year tight end was in the midst of one of his best performances of the season in Week 11 against the Giants (five receptions, 78 yards) before sustaining an ankle injury that ultimately landed him on injured reserve. Prior to the 2018 season, the Bucs had made a commitment to utilize Howard more as the downfield threat he'd proven to be in college, following a rookie 2017 campaign in which he was relied on heavily as an in-line blocker. Former coach Dirk Koetter and offensive coordinator Todd Monken made good on that pledge, as Howard established himself as one of the true down-the-seam threats at his position while generating a 16.6 YPC that was tops among tight ends and served as the ninth-highest figure among all pass catchers in the NFL. Howard eclipsed the 60-yard mark in six of the 11 games he did suit up for, and irrespective of who's calling plays in Tampa next season, he figures to play a prominent role in the air attack.
Howard (ankle) is still wearing a hard cast but expects to recover from his injury within 4-to-6 weeks, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
While his own estimate needs to be taken with a grain of salt, Howard might have avoided injured reserve if the Buccaneers had still been in the playoff hunt. As is, he'll set his sights toward a full recovery before the start of the team's offseason program in April, hoping to build on a breakout 2018 campaign in which he produced 56.5 yards per game while averaging 16.6 per catch and 11.8 per target. The Bucs would be wise to give him more than 4.8 targets per game next season, but it may require the team to part ways with the likes of Cameron Brate, Adam Humphries and/or DeSean Jackson to ensure that happens.
Howard (ankle) will not require surgery for his ankle and foot injuries that will force him to injured reserve, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Howard's 2018 season is over regardless of whether Howard needs surgery, but this at least bodes well in terms of the extent of rehab required to return to form. The second-year tight end had come into his own this season prior to the injury, racking up 34 catches for 565 yards and five touchdowns over 10 games. Without him available moving forward, Cameron Brate figures to slot in as the team's primary tight end.
The Buccaneers will place Howard on injured reserve Tuesday with ankle and foot injuries, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Howard sustained the two injuries on the same play during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. The 24-year-old will finish the campaign on IR for the second time in as many years, providing a disappointing conclusion to what was shaping up to be a breakout season. The Buccaneers will look to Cameron Brate to serve as the primary replacement at tight end for Howard, who had recorded 34 receptions for 565 yards and five scores in 10 games.
Howard (ankle) received good news Monday and is now getting a second opinion, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
The decision to get another medical opinion usually hints at a significant injury, but Howard may just be exercising caution to confirm the initial optimistic diagnosis. He was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants, finishing with five catches for 78 yards on six targets. An absence for Week 12 against the 49ers would leave Cameron Brate with a prominent role catching passes from reappointed starter Jameis Winston.
Howard (ankle) will be evaluated Monday after exiting Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants in the fourth quarter, Eduardo Encina of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Howard was deemed doubtful to return and never reentered the game, finishing with five catches for 78 yards on six targets. He suffered an MCL sprain back in Week 4 against the Bears, but a conveniently timed bye in Week 5 allowed him to avoid any absences from games. Howard won't have the extra rest this time around, as the Buccaneers host the 49ers on Sunday in Week 12. Cameron Brate could be looking at a three-down role if Howard doesn't play.
Howard is doubtful to return to Sunday's road game against the Giants due to an ankle injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Howard was forced from the contest when he was tackled from behind on a fourth-quarter reception. Afterward, the Bucs' training staff tended to his lower right leg, which eventually was determined to be an ankle issue. Because he's unlikely to retake the field, Howard will end Week 11 with five catches (on six targets) for 78 yards.
Howard brought in one of two targets for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 16-3 loss to the Redskins on Sunday.
Howard had rightfully gained plenty of buzz in fantasy circles over the last four games, a stretch during which he'd logged 17 receptions (on 23 targets) for 250 yards and four touchdowns. However, he came back down to earth Sunday, seeing his lowest target share since Week 1. The Week 10 clunker aside, Howard continues to offer plenty of week-to-week upside due to his impressive size-speed combination and ability to attack down the seam. He'll look to get his numbers back to their usual levels against the Giants in Week 11.
Howard brought in four of six targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 42-28 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Howard continues to flash impressive efficiency on a per-touch basis, as he's now scored on five occasions over a modest 28 receptions. Four of those touchdowns have come in the last four games, a span in which Howard has no fewer than four receptions on Sunday's 53 yards in any game, as well as a catch of at least 20 yards. Blessed with some of the best downfield upside at the tight end position in the NFL at the moment, Howard remains a highly appealing play in a Week 10 matchup against the Redskins.
Howard brought in all four of his targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 37-34 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
The second-year tight end came through in the clutch with a fourth-down 18-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, bringing the Bucs to within 34-32 with 1:10 remaining. Although Tampa Bay would go on to lose the contest, Howard's play was yet again a bright spot, as he eclipsed the 60-yard mark for the third straight game and fifth time in the last six contests overall. Howard also has a double-digit YPC in each game, making him one of the biggest downfield threats at the tight end position in the league. He'll look to continue shining versus the Panthers in Week 9.
Howard brought in five of nine targets for 67 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday.
The second-year tight end was second on the team to Mike Evans in receptions, receiving yardage and targets, as he continues playing an important, steady role in the passing game on most weeks. Howard has shown encouraging chemistry with Jameis Winston thus far in the latter's two starts, hauling in nine of 13 targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. The 23-year-old has been making his catches downfield on average as well, as he's posted a double-digit YPC figure in each of the five games where he's managed to post a reception. He'll look to continue rising against the Bengals in Week 8.
Howard caught all four of his targets for 62 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-29 loss to Atlanta.
Howard cut into the Falcons' lead just before halftime, catching a Jameis Winston loft in traffic for a 10-yard touchdown. It was a rebound performance for Howard, who was held catchless in Week 4 and has been hobbled with a knee injury. The talented tight end shone in Winston's first start of the season and figures to serve as a security blanket next Sunday against a Cleveland defense that is adept at pressuring the passer.
Howard (knee-MCL) is active for Sunday's Week 6 divisional showdown against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Jameis Winston will thus have a full complement of pass catchers to lean on in what is expected to be a high-scoring shootout against the suspect Falcons pass defense. Howard is slated to slide right back into the top tight end job, relegating Cameron Brate to more of the secondary role he's filled so far this season.
Howard (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, is expected to play in the contest, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Howard was believed to be trending in this direction after he was a full participant at practice Friday following limited showings Wednesday and Thursday. Assuming he checks out fine during pregame warmups, Howard should draw the start at tight end, though his snap count could be more limited than normal while he returns from an MCL sprain. Howard's likely availability will put a damper on Cameron Brate's fantasy outlook.
Howard (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Atlanta, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Howard followed a pair of limited practices with a full session, hinting that he's on the right track to suit up for Sunday's potential shootout. However, he was still wearing a bulky brace over his knee for the final practice of the week, and he'll be just two weeks removed from suffering an MCL sprain come Sunday. The Bucs may scale Howard's role back if he does indeed end up active ahead of Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff. Cameron Brate would stand to benefit if Howard is limited or unavailable.
Howard (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Howard has made appearances in both post-bye practices, thrusting him into the will-he-or-won't-he play Sunday in Atlanta. Handed a timetable of 2-to-4 weeks to recover from an MCL sprain on Oct. 1, he's given himself a chance to do so, but ultimately the decision will be made by the Buccaneers' medical staff, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. If Howard isn't ruled out on Friday's injury report, he almost certainly will be a game-time call for Sunday's 1:00 PM ET kickoff.
Howard (knee) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
During the Week 4 loss to the Bears, Howard sustained an MCL sprain that was projected to keep him out for 2-to-4 weeks. With an ensuing bye week, the Buccaneers' schedule appears as if it will benefit the tight end. Even if he doesn't progress beyond a limited practice session Thursday or Friday, Howard has put himself on track for a potential appearance Sunday in Atlanta.
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