Howard’s high on talent. He’s only 26, and he’s showed flashes of TE1 production in parts of 4 pro seasons.Injuries have simply halted his progress. And now he’ll attempt to come off an ultra-serious torn Achilles. Howard will need a Rob Gronkowski injury to become a viable TE1 streamer.
Rob Gronkowski gets the headlines, but it was O.J. Howard who paced the Buccaneers' TE room in passing-game usage and fantasy production prior to a season-ending injury in Week 4. Despite Gronkowski playing more snaps (212 to 125) and running more routes (87 to 58), Howard out-targeted him 19 to 14. Howard posted a 11-146-2 receiving line (fantasy TE17), compared to 9-88-0 (TE36) for Gronkowski. Howard's aDOT was a career-high 11.6, which is notable considering he ranked no lower than third in the category during each of his first three NFL seasons. Howard has yet to complete a 16-game regular season in his career, missing at least two games all four years, but his start to 2020 makes the 26-year-old an interesting sleeper.
O.J. Howard's return in 2021 offers an infusion to the Tampa Bay offense after Howard was on a career-best pace through four games to open last season. Howard enters his fifth-year option season of contract control for the Buccaneers, a critical year for Howard's career path in Tampa Bay, or elsewhere, with a new upcoming contract. Howard has flashed big plays and highlight moments through four seasons, but has missed 24 games in the process and topped out with 34 receptions as a career-high mark.